Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DHS: right-wing extremism may be on the rise

According to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security, right-wing extremism may be on the rise. These groups, fueled by a lagging economy and the first non-white president, may resort to violent means, the report said, comparing the state in which we're living in now to that of the early 1990s, when another recession lead to an increase in these groups.

One may recall the Oklahoma City bombing, where Timothy McVeigh, a member of one of these right-wing groups, killed hundreds of people (including children) because of his right-wing views.

Now, I'm not saying every conservative is a terrorist; that's hardly the case. Still, if this report were about violent liberal groups on the rise, how much do you think the conservative talking-heads would be going on and on about it? Heck, during the Bush years we were called terrorists just for wanting a more balanced approach to the Iraq War, especially in the lead-up to it.

We shouldn't consider every conservative an extremist; however, we should expect them to afford liberals the same respect.

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