In November 2009, the morons at the Anti-Defamation League released a report titled "Rage Grows In America: Anti-Government Conspiracies." The authors of the report have the audacity to suggest that a "climate of anti-government fervor and activism" was created "since the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States." Really?
I searched the ADL website forwards and backwards looking for a report talking about all the "anti-government fervor and activism" that was so prevalent during the Bush Administration. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any. None. Not one. It's not because there was no such thing as rage against Bush – it was everywhere! It was because the ADL is a leftwing extremist organization in and of itself.
The report cites "growing beliefs [that] threaten to create a large pool of people more susceptible to extreme anti-government conspiracy theories and even calls to resistance on the part of extremist groups and movements." Again, I couldn't find any mention anywhere in ADL's vast resources that mentions all the extremist groups that also advocated anti-government conspiracies (9-11 anyone?) and calls to resistance (IVAW/ANSWER/Code Pink).
The report did bring to my attention a group I wasn't aware of and plan on looking into: Appleseed Project (also known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association). According to the ADL, it is "a marksmanship program that combines firearms training with historical/political lectures on the battles of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War." I'm in, sign me up!!
Tomorrow (or today, depending on when you're reading), Americans across the country will be participating in Tea Parties. The Tea Party is target number one in the ADL report. The report notes that the tea party promotes ideas that are outside the mainstream and that "angry protesters have frequently made claims ranging from proclaiming Obama's "socialist" intentions to making explicit Nazi comparisons to suggesting that the President is defying or even subverting the Constitution." You mean like this:...
And yes, CJ does give graphic examples that give ample evidence of the hypocrisy. Go here and read it all!