Governor Rick Perry has backed a House resolution in support
of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution. In the eyes of the Department of Homeland Security
this makes him a dangerous right-wing extremist.
50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under
the Tenth Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to
the federal government.
The bill also designates that all compulsory federal
legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil
or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation
or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.
“I believe that our federal government has
become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives
of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our
state,” Gov. Perry said in a press conference last Thursday.
“That is why I am here today to express
my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to
reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter
and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential Tenth
Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately
strengthen our Union.” Perry added.
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Perry's words could land him on a federal watchlist however,
if the Department of Homeland Security's latest intelligence
assessment is an accurate indicator.
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing
extremism in the United States" as including not just racist
or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority
in favor of state or local authority, reports the Washington
"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated
to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,"
the report states.
The report, entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic
and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and
link) was leaked to the Internet a few days ago.
It also equates gun owners with violent terrorists and states
that radical extremists are “stockpiling” weapons
in fear of an Obama administration gun ban.
The document characterizes concerns about the economy, unemployment,
the loss of U.S. sovereignty and the move towards global government
as “rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet”
which itself is defined as a potential tool for terrorists to
network, build bombs, and send encrypted messages to each other.
Concerned readers should perhaps contact
Governor Rick Perry and ask him how he feels about
being equated with dangerous terrorists by the federal government.