April 15, 2009

 

Security Risk!?

 

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just identified those US citizens who are focused on "right wing issues" as security risks!

 

Does anyone but me hear the voice of George Orwell echoing through the halls of our Capital, our culture, our corporations, our churches and our Country right now?

 

Who defines what these dangerous right wing issues are? The Fed? The DHS? The Congress? The President?  Or maybe ACORN, the ACLU, NAMBLA, PETA, George Soros, Michael Moore, or even your State’s governor or your local police chief? Does it concern you that someone who proudly and myopically wears the label of “Left” is now declaring that those on the “Right” are a security risk because of your “extreme” and singular focus?

 

And by the way, what is a Right Wing extremist?  Is it someone who advocates for pro-life legislation? Is it someone who believes in traditional standards of sexual morality? Is it that “dangerous” person who argues in the public square for lower taxes? How about the radical “closed minded” soul who dares to call for open debate on environmental policy? In additional to these dangerous goofs we surely must add the “right wing loons” who think that tightening our national boarders will actually be a good thing for national security?  Finally, it surely is beyond question that the most dangerous people in our society are those rednecks who believe in school choice and the unalienable and self-evident reality of parental rights – Right? 

 

 

I guess Big Brother has decided that a person with a "right wing" fixation on the pursuit of truth (versus the “tolerant” propagation of political fads) is a security risk?!

 

But what about those who focus on left wing issues? Is Socio-Political Relativism a security risk? How about nationalizing our economy?  Does that enhance or impede the security of our jobs?  Does Neo-Marxism compromise our freedom? Does sexual nihilism bring greater social, physical or economic security for women and children? Then there is the question of Global Warming (or I guess we call it “Climate Change” when weather patterns become some of the coldest in recent history).  Does this blind faith and corresponding religious zeal for pantheistic Goreism (i.e. modern day Gnosticism?) enhance our national security?  Finally, let’s consider the post-modern aversion for a robust debate on nearly all matters that deviate from the wisdom of the Elite? Is such intellectual foreclosure a security risk? 

 

Oh, a final question:  How about those who employ ad hominem attacks on those with whom they disagree: those who label conservatives single issue right wingers?  Is their “singular” ignorance of the elementary principles of Socratic logic a security risk?  Do you feel more secure knowing that some bureaucrat or politician at the highest levels of political power can unabashedly employ non sequitur fallacies to falsely align any person on right of a given topic with a compromise to national security?  Do you feel safe knowing that this tactical use of rhetorical slight of hand (i.e. dishonesty) is actually accompanied by a straight face – Or perhaps a sly grin?