Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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The Department of Defense has put out a “teaching guide” that charaterizies America’s Founding Fathers — the greatest champions of freedom in the history of civilization — as a group of dangerous frauds. If you think as they do — and cherish individual liberty and a government of limited and separated powers — you are an “extremist.”
Your tax dollars at work … and the left (as usual) got our money’s worth. From the Daily Caller:
A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.”
This revelation of our government’s view of what it considers “some people’s” misunderstanding of the founding principles of this country is courtesy of the great Judicial Watch, which obtained details of this abomination.
More from the Daily Caller’s report:
Under a section titled “extremist ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
Yes. Those two examples share exactly the same moral motivations. I’m glad some government bureaucrat who can never be fired pointed that out for us.
This is sick, but stands as a perfect encapsulation of the mindset of today’s leftist-dominated administrative state. The very reasons “the colonists” wanted to throw off an oppressive British regime — why the United States even exists — is now an “extreme ideology” that modern Americans must fear.
Read the whole Daily Caller story which features a great quote from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
Oh, BTW: There is not a single word about Islamic extremism in this dread document about threats to the United States. Perhaps it’s because the globe’s most prominent oppressors of basic human rights don’t make a big deal out of finding ways to “make the world a better place.” That, apparently, is a dangerous tell.
HT: Ace of Spades.