According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, from their recently leaked Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment paper, I'm a Right-Wing Extremist! (Funny, I don't feel like a Right-Wing Extremist.)
How can this be? How is it even possible?
To understand, we have to go back to that subversive, anti-government manifesto, The U.S. Constitution. Yes, the Federal Government fears it, and well they should, as it is the sole authority in this nation which limits their power. It also is their power, that being, the supreme law of this nation.
Let me explain:
Article Four of the U.S. Constitution outlines the limits and powers of individual States and the Tenth Amendment explicitly restates that the Federal Government is limited to *only* the powers granted in the Constitution (e.g. Article Four). In the DHS paper, however, the current administration has deemed a 'right-wing extremist' anyone who rejects federal authority in favor of state or local authority. In and of itself, unconstitutional - but when the Federal Government oversteps their authority where States are concerned, following the laws of the Constitution rather than the Federal Government is not!
I am a supporter of States' Rights. This does NOT make me an extremist. Rather, a lover of liberty. And in reference to my opening statement, the DHS whitepaper also suggests that Veteran's are suspect. The very people who vow to give their life to the defense of this nation are under a watch-list for right-wing extremism by the very people who employ them, simply because they've done a job asked of them. How fucked up is that?
So our governor yesterday was quoted as saying:
The federal government has become oppressive. I believe it's become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of its citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. Millions of Texans...that are tired of Washington, DC, trying to come down here and tell us how to run Texas.
This, from a State Senator! He finished with a veiled threat:
I mean, we're still part of the union down here in Texas, and our folks would like to keep it that way, but we see some things going on that are peculiar. They're frustrating.
He was speaking out against a Federal proposal which designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.
Governor Perry basically said to Washington, "Fuck you."
I guess he's a Right-Wing Extremist too.