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Homeland security Director, Janet Napolitano, should've never have backed down from enforcing the memo entitled "Right-wing extremism: current economic and political climate human resurgence in radicalization and recruitment. She would've been vindicated with the arrest of nine right wing Christians militia group who called themselves Hutaree,this past week-end. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center there are over 700 active hate groups training for their next mission. They must be monitored before we have another Oklahoma City bombing. The memo was taken out of context and used as fuel for the right wing talk radio shows because it mentioned that soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan might become easy prey to these groups. The VFW initially issued a protest but then Glen M. Gardner Jr., the national commander of the 2.2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars, defended it generally, saying it "should have been worded differently" but served a vital purpose. "A government that does not assess internal and external security threats would be negligent of a critical public responsibility.

I was getting a little irritated with “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski because she kept insisting that extremism and hate was coming from both sides. She did this for over an hour before the liberal columnist for the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson said “It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.” If we want to go back in history ,sure there were many left wing crazies that participated in riots and violence but I don't know of any left-wing groups that are doing that today. I cannot name one Democrat who is trying to urge their supporters by using incendiary language. The honorable John Lewis ,who was beaten to in each of his life in Selma in the 60s, was called a derogatory name according to CNN’s Candy Curly; and the Capitol police,who also arrested a individual for spitting on Congressman Emanuel Cleaver but he was immediately released because the congressman refused to press charges. In hindsight, that was a mistake by Mr. Cleaver because the right wing is using the "the omission of evidence” ploy in trying to say that it never happened. These are the same people that chastised the Muslim leaders for not publicly condemning every Islamic extremist act.

I think the liberal columnist for the New York Times, Frank Rich, got it right when he said this is not about health care because the mob mentality would have surfaced if it would have been cap-and-Trade or illegal immigration legislation. Some of these rallies are meant to intimidate Democrats because the Tea Party folks know the Republicans don't have the numbers to influence legislation. They keep saying "crammed down our throats” but show me the actual numbers where were over 100 million or so are opposed to the health care bill. Sure we have some polls but there are fictive at best, changing on a daily basis. People are confused because legislators of both parties are feeding their constituents what they want them to hear. We also have opportunist like the legislator that yelled "baby killer” making money off of it, a Democrat using the threat he received as a fund raising tool, and Sarah Palin using incendiary language to bring attention to herself, and her cause. I could go on and on but I think we are on the verge of a minor civil war much like the civil right protests of old. The old-timers know what I'm talking about, although it was relatively peaceful in Victoria ;we saw the violence on the nightly news.