The thin skin of Barack Obama and his administration are no secret. The constant complaints and whining about the mistreatment, otherwise known as telling the truth, of the president and his underlings by outlets such as Fox News are only lacking a petulant stomping of the foot. There have been many stories about the Obama administration attempting to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, and to institute Net Neutrality as just a way for Internet providers to be able to sell their product fairly to everyone, when in fact it has nothing to do with business at all. Why is the president so afraid of those who might disagree with him?
One of the first lessons Saul Alinsky types such as a young Barack Obama learn is to demonize and dehumanize your opponent. What better way to do that in a post-9/11 world than to equate them with radical Islamic extremists? Out-going Attorney General Eric Holder, as part of a farewell love note, approved the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to give Michigan State University $585,719 to do a study on the social media use of “far-right” and Islamic groups.
Holder first talked about this study at the now infamous White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism back in February; the same summit where the words “radical Islamic terrorists” were never uttered. “Far-right”, however, seems to be a phrase that rolls easily off the tongues of members of the Obama administration.
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So is this the latest tactic to ensure that the American people view Conservatives and Republicans as evil? Hardly. After the 2008 election, an “analysis” on “right-wing extremism” was put out by the Department of Homeland Security. It was distributed to law enforcement, and warned them to be on the lookout for people with Ron Paul bumper stickers or “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper stickers, popular with Tea Party supporters. It stated that these people were “antagonistic” towards the new president because he is black and a host of other issues where they disagreed with the government.
When Americans hear the word “radicalize”, especially now, they think of ISIS, and immediately videos of beheadings come to mind. We are bombarded with countless stories of the Internet prowess and social media savvy skills of these terrorists. As many as 150 Americans have gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. Most of their indoctrination has come at the hands of Islamic extremist pages on Facebook and Twitter. What if the “far right” is doing the same thing? What if the Internet is being saturated with conservative news, thought, and opinion? For Barack Obama and those around him, that is something that must be studied in order to counter it. For the Obama administration, Conservatives are a much scarier proposition than fanatics willing to lob your head off.
The study will not just look at what they call “ideological similarities”, but geographical locations as well. It is a pretty good bet that Midwesterners and Southerners make the Obama administration a little nervous, better flag them too.
The fact that President Obama is taking on America’s greatest threats head on should make us all feel a bit better right? No, not the threat of radical Islamic terrorists and their quest for things like Sharia law and nuclear weapons, but the eradication of “real” threats like global warming and Conservatives.