Most Americans believe in law and order. But they don’t believe that the federal government should suppress their entirely legitimate political beliefs. Which is exactly what the Biden administration’s now doing.
We all count on robust public safety. Every one of us. Unfortunately, taking a page from Critical Race Theory, President Joe Biden seems to think – or, his far-left aides do, anyway – that the only people who need to be watched are non-Democrats and those on the right.
How else to explain his recently released “strategy” for fighting domestic terrorism? In March, Biden’s National Security Council determined “that domestic violent extremism posed a ‘heightened threat’ in 2021.”
“Today’s domestic terrorists espouse a range of violent ideological motivations, including racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred as well as anti-government or anti-authority sentiment,” the document said.
Go through it and you’ll see all of the examples are so-called right-wing militias and even the misguided Jan. 6 demonstrators at our nation’s Capitol.
There are no mentions or even allusions in Biden’s “National Strategy” to the literally hundreds of riots and dozens of killings that accompanied the far-left uprisings in more than 140 cities across our nation over the the last year, perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and Antifa and heartily supported by leftist Democrats.
Those leftist riots cost as much as $2 billion and killed 27 people while injuring more than 2,000 police officers. The Jan. 6 “insurrection,” by contrast, led to $1.5 million in damage and one person dead: military veteran Ashli Babbitt, a protester shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Or maybe not. The name of the shooter is being withheld from the public as if it’s a state secret. Which it is.
The Bidenites are clear who they’re targeting, and it isn’t BLM or Antifa: They call the “two most lethal elements” of domestic terrorism “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists who advocate for the superiority of the white race” and “anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists, such as militia violent extremists.”
This isn’t just boilerplate. Biden is turning the Department of Justice, FBI and CIA into politicized arms of the state, with huge resources to go after those the White House doesn’t like.
As American Greatness’ Julie Kelly recently tweeted about “Biden’s ‘domestic terrorism’ plan of attack. At least $100 million, she says, will dedicated to the ‘DOJ, FBI, and DHS to ensure that the federal government has the analysts, investigators, prosecutors, and other personnel and resources it needs to thwart domestic terrorism.’ ”
So, yes, this is quite serious. And by the way, Biden and others on the left are ratcheting up their rhetoric against even their political opposition in Congress and a former sitting president of the United States. The danger to our constitutional rights hasn’t been this great since World War I, when Democratic President Woodrow Wilson signed the Espionage Act, followed by the Sedition Act.
Those laws, in effect, made it illegal to “incite disloyalty” or even to oppose government policies. They even outlawed “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language” against symbols of the nation. Anyone convicted for crimes against these laws could be fined heavily or even imprisoned for up to 20 years.
Wilson, a bitter racist who also re-imposed segregation on the nation’s capital, remains a much revered member of the “progressive” pantheon. Is Biden taking a page from him?
As part of his domestic terrorism campaign, Biden now is even encouraging Americans to “report” friends and families whom they think are radicalized. This sounds like the USSR or Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, when citizens were encouraged and even rewarded for giving up their neighbors and family to the government.
But this is America, right? Well, guess what – as we noted recently, Biden’s definitions of “domestic terrorism” fit his own followers far better than those on the other end of the spectrum. So his focus on the right side of the spectrum is highly suspect.
And yet, with supposedly “moderate” Attorney General Merrick Garland as his bulldog, Biden intends to go after those who disagree with him, including those who think there was fraud in the last election.
Just look at Garland’s recent veiled threat that the DOJ will be ” ‘applying scrutiny’ to post-election audits and will offer ‘guidance.’ ” What kind of “scrutiny”? What kind of “guidance”? The states, not the federal government, run elections. Article I, Sec. 4 of the Constitution is clear. Do Biden and Garland agree with congressional Democrats that this is another area that should be taken over by an over-reaching federal government?
And where do the incursions end? Unless it has clear evidence of a federal crime, the DOJ should butt out.
This is no mere policy difference. The Constitution guarantees your right to free speech and free conscience. This makes America special. It does not make the federal government our nannies, supervising our thoughts, beliefs and politics.
Biden’s path leads to an omnipotent ideological police state, and ends in the loss of our most sacred rights.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board