The blogosphere is up in arms this morning, and rightly so, about a new report released from the Department of Homeland Security. The report is full of inflammatory statements, including:
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.Rejecting federal authority in favor of state authority? You mean federalism?
Yeah. Only idiots prefer state over federal authority.
Furthermore, how just is it to lump hate groups in with those of the political right? Racism existed long before the Republican and Democratic parties, and it's existed in both parties since.
Just ask Senator Byrd.
For more on this, check out Michelle Malkin's blog.