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April 14, 2009

The White House responds to DHS report

by Stephen Gordon

Every since we provided a .pdf document of a Department of Homeland Security report (subsequently verified by Michelle Malkin) which paints pretty much anyone opposed to big government as a potential terrorist threat, our server has been hiccupping a bit.  Not as bad as the the Washington Times site, though.  After twenty or so tries, I was finally able to obtain the White House response to allegations that the DHS report is politically motivated:

The White House has distanced itself from the analysis. When asked for comment on its contents, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “The President is focused not on politics but rather taking the steps necessary to protect all Americans from the threat of violence and terrorism regardless of its origins. He also believes those who serve represent the best of this country, and he will continue to ensure that our veterans receive the respect and benefits they have earned.”

If the president isn’t focused on politics, would he please be so kind as to cease taking from my children and grandchildren money they haven’t yet earned.

One left-wing response which links to this site is entitled “Because Payback Is A Bitch.” The writer ranted:

Cry me a fucking river you bunch of hypocrites. This is America – love it or leave it. Our side of the debate was told that repeatedly for the past eight years and now that the tide has turned, the right has got their panties in a bunch.

First of all, this is a libertarian site and not a Bush-loving Republican one.  If the writer will recall, libertarians were screaming about the Patriot Act while a good chunk of Democrats were voting for it.  We also protested Bush, albeit with a different flair than the left:  Considering the First Amendment our permit, we didn’t obtain permission from the government to stage our “unauthorized” event.

The right of political dissent trancends party lines or any artificial left-right ideological continuum.

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  3. If the president isn’t focused on politics, would he please be so kind as to cease taking from my children and grandchildren money they haven’t yet earned.

    I’m pretty sure we’ve been borrowing from future generations every since the start of the Iraq War when Bush took a budget surplus and turned it into the largest deficit in our nation’s history. I don’t blame Obama for trying to get us out of this economic disaster — I blame Bush and failed policies (like complete deregulation of the financial markets) for putting us here.

    And honestly, Bush had a similar policy — only it was targeting the rest of the world. If you’re against “my government” and country than you’re a terrorist and we’ll spend all of our future generations’ money and resources in order to wipe you out.

    No difference here except at least Obama is saying “FU” to the rest of the world, and our allies.

    Comment by Jay — April 14, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
  4. If the president isn’t focused on politics, would he please be so kind as to cease taking from my children and grandchildren money they haven’t yet earned.

    I’m pretty sure we’ve been borrowing from future generations ever since the start of the Iraq War when Bush took a budget surplus and turned it into the largest deficit in our nation’s history. I don’t blame Obama for trying to get us out of this economic disaster — I blame Bush and failed policies (like complete deregulation of the financial markets) for putting us here.

    And honestly, when it comes to immigration and terrorism, Bush had a similar policy — only it was targeting the rest of the world. If you’re against “my government” and country than you’re a terrorist and we’ll spend all of our future generations’ money and resources in order to wipe you out.

    No difference here except at least Obama isnt saying “FU” to the rest of the world, and our allies.

    Comment by Jay — April 14, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
  5. So, the report is real. Okay, people, we’ve officially entered the Twilight Zone.

    Comment by Merf — April 14, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
  6. “I blame Bush and failed policies (like complete deregulation of the financial markets) for putting us here.”

    Um, Bush tried to regulate the financial markets, and the Dems wouldn’t wouldn’t let him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM&NR=1

    Not that I’m a fan of either party … I blame Carter for starting the idea of “White bankers are racists for not giving loans to poor people who can’t afford to pay them back, since percentage wise, more of them are black.”

    Comment by Cody — April 14, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
  7. Correction: Some libertarians were “screaming about the Patriot Act,” mostly on the Far Left side of the libertarian spectrum, and a far greater majority of libertarians supported the Fight Against Islamo-Fascism, including the Patriot Act.

    Also, many libertarians were supportive of President Bush, still are. Recall he appointed former Libertarian Party State Chair Gayle Norton to his Cabinet, and gave “Wild Bill” Evers longtime LNC member a prominent appointment in his Education Dept.

    In 2004, “Libertarians for Bush” helped to re-elect the President. On one single day the Libertarians for Bush site received 30,000 hits!

    So, PLEASE do not pretend to speak for the entire libertarian movement, especially when such views represent one wing of our movement.

    Comment by Eric Dondero — April 14, 2009 @ 6:44 pm
  8. I’m pretty sure we’ve been borrowing from future generations since the revolutionary war, and have always paid off that debt by borrowing more money to cover it. In fact the largest increase in debt (corrected for inflation) was the FDR New Deal, followed by WWII.

    The current conflict is more important than WWII.

    I certainly think we can be more efficient than we have been, in all classes of spending. But, national defense means protecting the lives, property, and interests of US citizens wherever that fight may lay. The General Welfare again means the interests of the people, to include justice & equal opportunity before the law. That really is supposed to be the limit of government.

    Whatever cost that may require, be it money or blood, is the cost that must be paid by every generation. Any hesitance from that duty is simply mortgaging it at a higher price to a few years later, again to be paid in both money and blood.

    Comment by dennis — April 14, 2009 @ 8:52 pm
  9. @EricDondero

    Do you actually have any metrics to support your contention that it was mostly the Far Left Libertarians against the Patriot Act? For some reason I’m doubting you do.

    Since you conjecture it was “mostly” the far left, I’ll do the same in stating it wasn’t. I’d say there was marginally more due to the irrational Bush hatred in the far left, but that doesn’t give the left the “mostly” you seem to be pushing.

    And where exactly is the far left libertarians now that Obama is using the exact same Patriot Act and same secrecy standards that Bush used?

    So to quote you:
    “So, PLEASE do not pretend to speak for the entire libertarian movement, especially when such views represent one wing of our movement.”

    Comment by Nylarthotep — April 15, 2009 @ 2:57 am
  10. I Am (Apparently) a Right-Wing Extremist…

    “They don’t get to define the terms!” an audibly agitated Rush Limbaugh told a caller yesterday. The topic of discussion was the loathsome campaign by our own government and mainstream media to demonize and criminalize the thousands of patriotic, …

    Trackback by Vocal Minority — April 15, 2009 @ 7:04 am
  11. Basically the Republicans are fascist without enough hair on their asses to admit it to the American people and Democrats are socialists with the same exact issue. Regardless both ideologies (or is it idiotologies) are totalitarian in nature and therefore we Libertarians are equally opposed to both. The first tenet of Libertarianism is non-aggression and respect for the rights of all humans. As a Secretary for the local chapter it was my duty to halt any advocate of violence to achieve our goals and if necessary escort them out of the meeting if they continued this vein of discourse after a warning. I take extreme offense to this DHS report and the many others along this line.

    Comment by Myrmydon — April 17, 2009 @ 8:30 am

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