The Corner

Re: Here We Go Again, Again

Jonah, Mark H., here’s the bit that raised my eyebrow in that Homeland Security report:

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

Ah, right. So a predisposition toward the Tenth Amendment marks you down as a “rightwing extremist.” Federalism is now a security threat. Likewise, being found in possession of subversive literature like that right-wing extremist Tocqueville’s paean to the glories of American municipal self-government.

Golly, I think I wrote a column about that for NR just the other week.

Oh, well. When the Feds surround my place for the big shootout, I hope my home gets described as a “compound” just before it goes up in smoke. Cool.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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