“The Department of Homeland Security started an effort a year ago this month to address domestic terrorism, white nationalist threats and other acts of homegrown violence,” The New York Times announced in its Sept. 1 edition.

“Today the plan to carry out that new mission remains stalled in a bureaucratic morass.”

Shocker.

The FBI defines extremism as “encouraging, condoning, justifying, or supporting the commission of a violent act to achieve political, ideological, religious, social, or economic goals.”

Pay attention.

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Extremism is born of fear. Fear is based on ignorance. Ignorance is the result of laziness. Laziness derives from complacency.

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.” ― Dan Rather.

Complacency is the offspring of inertia. Inertia arises from narrow-mindedness. Narrow-mindedness stems from conformity. Conformity springs from comfort.

“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure.” ― Roy T. Bennett.

Comfort is the enemy of growth. Growth is spurred by necessity. Necessity is the genesis of creativity. Creativity is motivated by boredom.

“Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer.

Boredom is the consequence of consistency. Consistency leads to order. Order breeds contempt. Contempt spawns intolerance.

“Intolerance is a greater offense against God than holding a strange or even inconsistent belief.” ― Anne Perry.

Intolerance fuels prejudice. Prejudice precipitates polarization. Polarization enhances conflict. Conflict provokes anger.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ― Mark Twain

Anger inflames passion. Passion foments irrationality. Irrationality propels insanity. And insanity gives rise to extremism.

Any questions?

Aaron Hughey

Bowling Green

(10) comments

Enough Already 2

YES, extremism is born of fear!

Yes, I can hear and feel the fear in the comments from Mr. Wheeler’s, Mr. Rains’, etc.

Yes, God in all of Her wisdom (assisted by all of the disgruntled anti tDump voters) may well remove tDump from office and Flip the Senate. If so, we shall all give Her praise!

tDump’s cavalier and careless acts of racial incitement have moved the Country to the precipice of moral decline and a national crisis.

tDump’s administration officials have echoed the president’s false and misleading warnings of a violent “leftwing” revolution. “Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent and extremist agenda,” the attorney general, William Barr, said amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd. A new justice department taskforce on violent anti-government extremists pump up “antifa” as a major threat, while making no mention of white supremacy, Qanon, Proud Boys, etc.

BUT, let’s do a fact check:

A new database by the Center for Strategic and International studies analyzed nearly 900 politically motivated plots and attacks in the US

Victims killed in anti-fascist attacks since 1994

21

Victims killed in left-wing violence since 2010

95

Victims killed in jihadist attacks since 2010

117

Victims killed in right-wing violence since 2010

329

Victims killed in right-wing violence since 1994

It is evident that “White supremacy is a greater threat than international terrorism right now,”

…then there is the problem of a Commander in Chief whose rhetoric appears to mirror, validate and potentially inspire that of far-right extremists.

The number of extreme actions have increased both on the left and the right, but the President’s extreme rhetoric and Racist support for white nationalist groups has done more to divide this country and move us closer to a constitutional crisis than we have ever been.

Perhaps a sounding defeat of tDump in the upcoming election and competent Adult leadership assuming the helm can bring us back to where we should be.

What say ye?

Absolutely Positively

Awfully impressive how you managed to make it seem that a handful of right radicals who target a handful of left radicals are a bigger threat than the handful of jihadist radicals who target everyone and have shown their ability to take out thousands in a single day. Probably just a coincidence that the left considers themselves as allies.

Koheleth

According to the DHS, the FBI, and other law enforcement sources: The most significant terror-related threats facing the US today come from violent extremists who are motivated by white supremacy and other far-right ideological causes.

Remember... You are entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

Absolutely Positively

It's not my opinion that radical Islamic jihadism has killed more Americans on American soil in the last 20 years than all other forms of terrorism combined. It's a fact, and it's a fact that you are willing to overlook.

Koheleth

Reading comprehension... Do you possess it???

It's a simple paragraph. You shouldn't be having this much trouble with the deduction.

But hey, it's all about the MAGA/KAG. Right?!?

Enough Already 2

BUT, let’s do a fact check:

A new database by the Center for Strategic and International studies analyzed nearly 900 politically motivated plots and attacks in the US.

0 Victims killed in anti-fascist attacks since 1994

21 Victims killed in left-wing violence since 2010

95 Victims killed in jihadist attacks since 2010

117 Victims killed in right-wing violence since 2010

329 Victims killed in right-wing violence since 1994

It is evident that “White supremacy is a greater threat than international terrorism right now,”

Absolutely Positively

Let's see....

If we're keeping score since 1994, then Islamic terrorism is a greater threat than anything.

If we're keeping score since 2010, then right wing violence is responsible for 2 more deaths per year than Islamic terrorism, which you assure us isn't a problem.

Enough Already

Mr. Hughey. Are you under the influence of illegal drugs?

Absolutely Positively

Finally, Mr. Hughey addresses antifa!

Dr. Strangelove

Why are you so angry Mr. Hughey?

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