WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 — Back in 2009, shortly after Barack Obama took the oath of office, the Department of Homeland Security released a report the folks at Think Progress said highlighted “hate-oriented” and “mainly antigovernment” rightwingers that posed “a legitimate threat that law enforcement must deal with.”
This is from “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment: “The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.”
The report speculated that returning “military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
Since then, the Obama administration, its allies and the mainstream media have never shied from applying the phrase “extremist” to anyone who disagrees with the president and his party’s stated aims or policies.
And, contrary to the 2009 Homeland Security report, it’s been the “radicalization” of “lone wolf” Islamic adherents in the ways of “extremism” that has led to the death and maiming of Americans from Boston to San Bernardino, a reality the president and his allies refuse to face – even on a rhetorical level.
Recently, Obama explained why he avoids the term “radical Islam”:
“What exactly would using this label accomplish?” asked Obama. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIS less committed to trying to kill Americans?”
He maintained that the defining term “radical Islam” was simply “a political distraction.”
A “distraction” from a wrong-headed narrative – one emanating from the realm of political fantasy – obliterated by the harsh realities of, well, reality.
Thursday night, while protesters marched against alleged police brutality in major cities across America, a sniper opened fire on police officers in Dallas, killing five and wounding seven.
The gunmen, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was killed by police after negotiations between the suspect and authorities broke down. Police used a robot armed with an explosive device to kill the shooter rather than risk the lives of more officers.
According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Johnson “was upset at white people. He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”
According to the New York Times, “Mr. Johnson, an Army veteran who lived in the Dallas area, apparently had no criminal record in Texas. Investigators have not turned up any evidence that he had ties to the Black Lives Matter movement or to political groups.”
The president condemned the shooting as a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack.” He did not use the word “extremist” to describe a man so clearly “radicalized.”
A military veteran, as the Homeland Security report noted above, likely transformed by the charged and inflammatory language of the Black Lives Matter movement into a “lone wolf… capable of carrying out violent attacks” at a time of “economic downturn and the election of the first African American president.”
But that description doesn’t fit the left’s politically-correct and fanciful narratives.