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Presidential Candidates Invited to Sign Islamophobic ‘Pledge’

By Robert Steinback on September 7, 2011 - 2:38 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

In a presidential election season already featuring a raft of insidious candidate “pledges” pushed by right-wing interest groups hoping to swap endorsements for commitments to their pet biases, it was only a matter of time before what might be termed the “Islamophobia/New World Order pledge” surfaced.

And so it has. It’s being put forth by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), whose founder and president is anti-Muslim propagandist Frank Gaffney (see also here). The 12 points of the latest version of the “Peace Through Strength” pledge sound innocuous on the surface – but a peek beneath the surface reveals a cornucopia of right-wing fears.

This pledge updates a 10-point plan CSP introduced a year ago that was endorsed by a handful of congressional and state candidates. Now, Gaffney has invited all the current presidential candidates to sign this revised oath – but woe to the clueless candidate who does so without first reading the fine print.

Here are its 12 points by title:

1. Maintain a robust defense posture.
2. Invest in our national security.
3. Preserve American sovereignty.
4. Insist that arms control accords enhance America’s security.
5. Preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States.
6. Assure America’s energy security.
7. Secure America’s borders.
8. Protect America from unlawful enemy combatants.
9. Protect the military culture essential to the all-volunteer force.
10. Pursue a foreign policy that supports our allies and opposes our adversaries.
11. Enlist judicial and educational institutions in defending America.
12. Use force only where appropriate and, where that is the case, commit to victory.

Who could be against such modest-sounding concepts? But you might want to take a closer look at the detail provided at the pledge’s website.

Point No. 3, for example, could be subtitled the “Fear of the One World Government Conspiracy” platform. It reads, “Admirers of foreign judicial rulings, international treaties and other ‘transnationalist’ initiatives seek to alter or even supplant the U.S. Constitution and the representative, accountable form of government it guarantees.  We must, in particular, thwart efforts like the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) that would be a building block for world government by turning over control of the world’s oceans to the United Nations.” (This is not true; the Law of the Sea Convention was a multinational treaty that went into effect in 1994 that establishes uniform zones of coastal oceanic jurisdiction. The U.N. hosted the treaty negotiations but does not “control” the oceans in any fashion.)

No. 5 is the inevitable anti-Shariah platform. It drips with hype for the entirely phony threat of Shariah law toppling the U.S. Constitution and turning the nation into a Muslim caliphate. It reads, in part: “Another effort to insinuate foreign law into this country comes from Islamists who seek to bring here the brutally repressive, anti-constitutional doctrine called ‘shariah.’ …  One of the most insidious groups promoting this agenda with the express aim of ‘destroying Western civilization from within’ is the Muslim Brotherhood. Even though the Brotherhood’s goal is, therefore, exactly the same as al Qaeda’s, the Obama administration believes we must ‘engage’ the Brotherhood.  This is not simply a strategic error of the first order. It is reckless and must be repudiated.” (The Muslim Brotherhood officially renounced violence in the 1970s and is not listed as a terrorist group by the United States.)

No. 7 would mandate the deployment of the military on the U.S. border “where necessary.”

No. 11 would “mandate” what has been unwavering policy in the United States for 220 years: civilian control of the military and military policy. This is an apparent nod to “Patriot” and other conspiracy theorists who believe the government is poised to impose martial law to advance a dastardly plan to destroy U.S. sovereignty.

The CSP pledge request joins a parade of others being peddled this election cycle.

The Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative Christian group, in July introduced candidates’ “Marriage Vow” pledge to promote traditional marriage. But its original language implying that black families were better off during slavery triggered a controversy that overshadowed its primary purpose – opposing same-sex marriage. Other pledges – to oppose abortion rights, to “investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters” (presumably by LGBT activists), and to replace the tax code, among others – have been signed by various candidates. All are seeking to replicate the success of Grover Norquist’s 25-year-old anti-tax-increase pledge, which has been signed by 95% of the Republican members of Congress.

  • CM

    Lou Stouch’s account of the Pew poll was pasted from anti-Muslim zealot David Horowitz’s thoroughly biased FrontPage Magazine. Here’s how Pew itself introduced its report:

    “As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques, and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years. Muslims in the United States continue to reject extremism by much larger margins than most other Muslim publics, and a higher percentage views U.S. efforts to combat terrorism as sincere than did so in 2007. At the same time, majorities of Muslim Americans express concerns about Islamic extremism here and abroad – worries that coexist with the view that life in post-9/11 America is more difficult for U.S. Muslims.”

    Not nearly as inflammatory, is it? And as for Kern, he’s a fellow at the reliably unreliable Hudson Institute and an equally far-right outfit based in Madrid, Spain. His job appears to be spinning out anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, anti-liberal articles that people like Lou and Horowitz can quote as if they were credible research.

  • http://splcenter.org Robert Steinback

    To Dick Lancaster,

    You wrote,”Because it [SPLC] occasionally covers what it cannot ignore with a name such as “Hate Watch” it tends to downplay the ‘hate’ when it originates from minorities such as Mr. Steinback’s recent piece about black on white violence in Philadelphia and elsewhere.”

    By my reckoning, you have never presented a persuasive case for what you state here as a fact, i.e, that the SPLC “tends to downplay” hate from minorities. While I will always listen to and consider any criticism offered by readers, the story you’ve cited (see http://www.splcenter.org/blog/.....lf-hatred/) doesn’t make your case.

    Here is why: The hate and extremism we typically document is primarily that perpetrated by organized groups and recognized movements, and individuals who are associated with them. We don’t try to investigate every instance of a person expressing hatred toward another or we’d be chasing after every insult, schoolyard spat and bar fight that happens on a daily basis.

    Unless you can demonstrate otherwise, there simply are far fewer examples of organized hate and extremist activity among minorities than among right-wing whites, and we are documenting all that we find. Keeping in mind that we don’t generally monitor criminal street gangs or cults, there simply aren’t many minority counterparts to racist neo-Nazi, skinhead or Klan organizations, nor to anti-government, “patriot” groups or militias. We’ve named NOI a hate group, written about black sovereigns and domestic Muslim radicals and more. Let’s not play semantic games: Please let me know what minority hate groups you think we’ve overlooked and we’ll check it out (and please don’t waste my time or yours by naming known, centrist advocacy groups like the NAACP, La Raza, the ADL or GLAAD. Name me groups that are preaching clear, explicit hate that you think we have missed or, in your evaluation, “downplayed.”)

    As I pointed out in my comments to the black flash mob story you referenced, it takes more than simply a black person mugging a white person to create a hate crime.

    Robert Steinback
    Deputy Editor, Hatewatch blog
    Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    ” And that can only be done by limiting as much as possible government’s control of people’s lives.”

    Please show your work on this claim. Back in the Gilded age, when there was very little regulation by government, children worked in factories.

    “A communist government comes closest to forcing equality by establishing a powerful elite who force all except themselves into a collective peasantry. There are only privileged and non-privileged; there is no middle class unless granted that status by the government.”

    Your understanding of socialism is flawed, to say the least. The very slogans of socialism and Communism, beginning with “From EACH according to..” directly imply that men and women are not equal. Otherwise they wouldn’t have different abilities and different needs.

  • A.D.M.

    Your comment, Dick, has proven what I thought. According to you, people you consider “less than” are not human and shouldn’t be treated as such because of myths of superiority. Tell me, what group or groups of people do you consider “less than”? And the reason you don’t like this organization is because it puts a spotlight on the idiots who think they’re superior because of who they are. And no, they don’t downplay hate from so-called “minorities.” If that were true, they would not have reported it in the first place.

  • Mitch Beales

    Several “conservative groups” have lumped themselves in with right wing cults. Perhaps Dick Lancaster would like to be more specific so he could be shown the error of his ways. It is misleading to suggest that SPLC has labeled groups as hate groups because they are conservative. What they have done is to include conservative groups that espouse hate in their list of hate groups.

  • Dick Lancaster

    ADM:
    Yes. I’m saying all people are NOT equal. Simple observation of everyday life should prove that assertion to any thinking human being. Although I believe God intended such a status (as did Thomas Jefferson), we are not born equal nor do we choose to live our lives equal to each other’s’.

    We do not have equal talents, ambitions, intelligence or pedigree. Even on the spiritual level we are not equal. A developing fetus may be aborted even though we have yet to discover the essence of the life force or when it enters the flesh.

    In this country we strive to provide our diverse population with equal opportunity and justice but as you may well have observed, that too is an on-going project. The best a free society can do to promote equality is to limit the power base that controls that society. And that can only be done by limiting as much as possible government’s control of people’s lives. A communist government comes closest to forcing equality by establishing a powerful elite who force all except themselves into a collective peasantry. There are only privileged and non-privileged; there is no middle class unless granted that status by the government.

    A free society will allow you to live frugally if you do not choose to put in the effort to excel among your peers. It will also allow you to excel if you choose to put in the effort and overcome the obstacles. And most importantly, a free society will not construct unreasonable obstacles to inhibit your potential. A communist government must lest it lose its power.

    I hope that’s been helpful.

    Skinny:
    The SPLC concentrates its resources on what it believes is the power base, white, Eurocentric America. Because it occasionally covers what it cannot ignore with a name such as “Hate Watch” it tends to downplay the “hate” when it originates from minorities such as Mr. Steinback’s recent piece about black on white violence in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

    I actually admired the SPLC and believe it was instrumental in the eradication of the Klan. It is still a source of attention to radical Klan-like cults, but only a source of attention, not information. It lost its credibility when it began lumping conservative groups in with the right wing cults. I do not trust anything written in “Hate Watch” but I have discovered a few dangerous groups mentioned by the SPLC and checked them out and agreed with the SPLC’s premise. I have also found numerous lies in “Hate Watch” which insulted my intelligence for their ideologically driven propaganda.

    To see what I see, you must open your mind. You see?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Anyone actively engaged is the destruction of our constitution, taking action on behalf of foreign enemies which puts our troops at risk,”

    So then, the US government is trying to destroy the US. After all, they put our troops at risk and they violate their own constitution.

    “. They are dishonest in that endeavor but this is something a reader must determine for himself.”

    By all means, show us the proof. I’ve seen them make mistakes in the past, but they are usually good about correcting them.

    “I have been called a racist by commentators in Hate Watch ”

    Yes, because you espouse ideas which are by definition, racist. I’ve even broken down some of your own quotes and showed you why they can justifiably be called racist. Of course you ignored those explanations, probably because for conservatives, personal responsibility is only for other people.

    ” Beware of anyone promising peace and “social” justice. ”

    Yeah, screw justice!!!

    “The peace promisors are the most violent.”

    Yeah, I remember how MLK machine gunned all those people in Alabama. Wait..WHAT? Someone’s been reading Tim LaHaye!

    ” Once everyone becomes equal, there may be peace but there will be no freedom. And the violent ones will rule.”

    Since nobody is trying to make everyone equal, but rather grant everyone equal rights, I’m not worried about that prospect.

  • skinnyminny

    Okay Dick,
    so, where were you when the SPLC wrote the piece on Latino gangs in Califas that were killing the blacks in order to get their own neighborhoods – pretty much sounding like ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity? Or, what does this sound like to you, according to historical events?

    And, your last paragraph, oh, this sounds like what the teas and gop are promising the voters – peace, voter oppression/suppression, gold-backed currency or gold currency, less regulation/government, corporate-run society…

    Correct me if my perceptions of this is not what you mean, or if you believe I am just totally off the mark.

  • A.D.M.

    So, Dick, you’re basically saying humans are not equal and there should be no equality in terms of rights and jobs and education? I guess you want to go back to a time when women, gays, blacks, and others were second class citizens, right? Thanks for showing your true colors. And once again, you have not shown how SPLC is hateful in itself. You mean to tell me that an organization that shows people who say group x is not equal or doesn’t deserve to be treated as human beings because of who they are is bad? Wow. As for the left and right thing, I assume you’re talking about anyone that is not white. The SPLC has mentioned non-white haters. You, on the other hand, are exposing yourself for what you are. Thanks.

    Lou Stouch, no country could ever successfully invade and conquer the United States. Same thing with Sharia. The constitution prevents any religion, including Islam and Christianity, from being a ruling body in the U.S.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Lou,

    I’m well aware of the nature of of MBA degrees. I was merely relating the fact that you probably have some experience with the business law required to administer a business.

    The US Constitution specifically forbids any other legal code than its own. That’s what you Anti-Shari’a Rangers seem to be forgetting here.

    It will never happen.

  • skinnyminny

    Lou Stouch,
    I don’t too much get upset or concerned about these type of polls. I do, however, wonder why some people such as Brigitte Gabriel aka Hanan Qahwaj aka Hanan Tudor aka Nour Saman aka Nour Semaan…get people like you to get all bent out of shape based on fear. It makes me wonder what’s the real motive! Chill out a little, don’t worry yourself so much to where you will need to use Obamacare or free entitlement healthcare! LOL!

  • Dick Lancaster

    Skinny:
    Anyone actively engaged is the destruction of our constitution, taking action on behalf of foreign enemies which puts our troops at risk, those that undermine the security of the US and its citizens; those engaging in financial or cyber disruption, for instance; those who sabotage infrastructure and so forth and are citizens of the US are domestic enemies.

    To claim a left or right ideology does not make a domestic enemy. The SPLC exposes many a domestic enemy on the right, and adds many more and all but ignores those on the left, which dilutes the SPLC’s credibility. It is engaged in persuasion, not undermining the nation. They are dishonest in that endeavor but this is something a reader must determine for himself.

    I have been called a racist by commentators in Hate Watch but only obliquely by the SPLC in its assumption that any group I may belong to is on their list of “racist” or homophobic” or, as is their term, “hateful.” But I have seen much of that from the SPLC itself.

    Be careful of those you support. Utopia sounds like a worthy goal and peace is worth pursuing. However, both can only be found within. This country’s bloody history is testament to the cost of what we both practice here, freedom. Beware of anyone promising peace and “social” justice. The peace promisors are the most violent. Once everyone becomes equal, there may be peace but there will be no freedom. And the violent ones will rule.

  • Lou Stouch

    Oh and Aron, since you had to be a smartass. An MBA is a business degree, not a law degree.

  • Lou Stouch

    Aron. So its (sharia a problem) in Germany and what, that makes it irrelevant? Not so fast my friend

    The point is, if left unchecked, sharia is implemented. Surely even your simple mind can grasp this obvious conclusion?

    And with the SPLC and other liberal groups saying “we have no sharia problem, and never will, and your islamophobic if you say we do/will” – we will, if their voice is the only one heard.

    The point being, keep the camels nose outside the tent. Because once it is inside, it will be very difficult to kick out.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Stouch, I have not looked into the poll in detail, but I can understand why Muslims would be afraid of any extremists in their midst. You see, when a Christian pops off an abortion doctor, we don’t have this media frenzy, and we typically don’t see people firebombing churches, much less radical ones. In fact the very idea that there are churches in America goading their members to prepare for war is pretty much tolerated, and you get attacked for brining it up.

    Muslims on the other hand, have found themselves the victims of crimes because of the actions of other Muslims. Hell, people who AREN’T Muslim have been killed for appearing Muslim. So yeah, if I knew that any terrorist attack would possibly lead to me losing more of my civil rights at best, then I would be a bit concerned with extremists as well. Unlike the Christian neighbors who get to use the “he wasn’t a true Christian” defense any time someone goes on a personal crusade.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Louie,

    So they’re worried about extremists? So what? I’m worried about Jewish extremists, too. But does that mean I worry that suddenly Jewish courts will replace secular ones? Of course not.

    Get a hold of yourself.

  • skinnyminny

    Dick,
    Are you kidding? You say that the enemy will just as easily cut off our heads…sooo, are you saying that some of the white supremacists, nationalist, et al, are undercover enemies? I’m asking this because there has been an increase in hate crimes directed at American minorities, i.e. stabbings. So, are you saying they really wanted to cut off their heads?

    It is so sad that people from the right, such as yourself, like to use scare tactics when it comes to Muslims, and sometimes Latinos (this does not exclude blacks), but, what I don’t understand is the fact that Tim M. was American, if you look back at the Keating Five scandal, this allegedly involved car explosions…now, I know you guys want to scare us about the cars – but, did you know that there are a lot of cars expos in Mexico and Colombia, that just started recently? The point I’m making is, this type of incident is not limited to Muslims. There is a company in San Diego, Califas that is advertising to retrofit cars into armored type vehicles that supposed to protect the public from this as if someone knows and plotted/planned for these type of things to happen.

    For you to say that ‘they’ have sworn to protect this country from foreign and domestic…you’re right, they are protecting the domestic enemy – I switch your words ‘from’ to mean they ae protecting the domestic enemy – because the people of this country are seeing something they have never experienced before. Most of us are not, and do not belong to ‘Friends of Britain,’ and other outfits that tend to fool the public into thinking they are for their benefit. To be fair, please explain you who really think are the foreign and domestic enemy. I’d like to give you the opportunity to explain this, that way, I won’t be left to my own conclusions.

  • Lou Stouch

    Funny how under a column about islamophobia, nobody – not Ruslan – not skinnyminny – deigned to comment about the Pew Poll I noted above, highlighting normal, average everyday american muslims concerns about extremists in their midst.

    Cat got your tongues?

  • skinnyminny

    Ruslan,
    You’re right about Libya. It’s being reported that the ‘rebels,’ are allegedly targeting and killing blacks on site. Not just the blacks that were brought in as pro-Gaddafi forces, but, all blacks. There is no mention of humanitarian crisis in re this.

  • skinnyminny

    L. Walker,
    I vote in every election, general, primary, special. I vote dem on every ticket.

    Bridgette J.,
    No! You’re not imagining what is happening. A good source of info for you is the Voting Rights Act – specifically section 2. Review all of the info that SPLC has on its site. Documentaries that you could probably download on your pc is, “thunder in guyana,’ and “hubert h humphries the art of possible,” and last, “the longoria affair.” I’m not sure, but there should be a documentary about Petey Greene, an activist/ex-con all rolled into one, who was able to stop riots, able to sway certain politicians to do the right thing. A movie that can probably be downloaded/viewed on your pc is the movie, “betrayed,” with Debra Winger and Tom Berrenger.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Yo, Louie:

    Here’s the problem with the article you posted. It’s about GERMANY! Last I checked, Der Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch does not provide the basis for the American Legal Code. You should know this, as you claim to have an MBA!

    In addition to this, the SPLC does not cover any other country than the United States. It is outside if their founding charter and statement of purpose.

    But nice try. I give you a ‘Creeping Sharia’a Ranger Badge’ for your efforts. Show it off to your friends!

  • Mitch Beales

    Lou Stouch why not simply admit that you are the creeping (or creepy) spectre? I suggest you purchase a big box of depends and get a prescription for some valium to help you deal with your irrational fear of all things Islamic.

  • Lou Stouch

    Hmmm. Sharia law is a NON ISSUE, huh? Not so fast my liberal friends:

    Islamic Sharia Law Proliferates in Germany
    by Soeren Kern
    September 8, 2011 at 5:00 am

    The spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany is far more advanced than previously thought, and German authorities are “powerless” to do anything about it, according to a new book about the Muslim shadow justice system in Germany.
    The 236-page book titled “Judges Without Law: Islamic Parallel Justice Endangers Our Constitutional State,” which was authored by Joachim Wagner, a German legal expert and former investigative journalist for ARD German public television, says Islamic Sharia courts are now operating in all of Germany’s big cities.
    This “parallel justice system” is undermining the rule of law in Germany, Wagner says, because Muslim arbiters-cum-imams are settling criminal cases out of court without the involvement of German prosecutors or lawyers before law enforcement can bring the cases to a German court.

    I’ll comeback later with your source. Thank GOD someone is awake at the wheel. If we leave it to you, the creeping spectre will be here soon enough.

    Question – with the obvious problems sharia has with homosexuals, and the second class (generous!) status of women, I wonder how the left can abide by the application of sharia in the West?

  • Leslie

    @Dick

    Obviously, you don’t know anything about the Prius. It does not plug-in but uses regenerative breaking to power the battery. It also has an internal combustion engine which requires gasoline. It gets 50 mpg.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Oh Dick, how we missed you!

    “1. Maintaining a robust defense posture is one of the reasons the SPLC and other leftists may trash their country without fear of arrest.”

    Yes, I am thankful that we managed to avoid being invaded and occupied by such regimes as Vietnam, Grenada, and of course, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    “2. Investment in our national security is a rational requirement to prevent Americans, including leftists from being victimized by bio-nuclear events, cyber-attacks and a myriad of other hostile actions from foreign forces who hate America more than its leftists.”

    Because a bloated budget for an unaccountable Pentagon sure stopped them from flying planes into the WTC, didn’t it!

    BEWARE!!! BAD FOREIGN MEN EXIST!!! BE AFRAID, BE CONSTANTLY AFRAID!!! SHOVEL MORE MONEY INTO THE FIRE!!!

    3. Preserving American sovereignty would allow leftists to continue to trash their county. Under UN sovereignty it may not be wise to trash the UN.

    You need to understand how the UN works. It is not some world authority. It is a diplomatic body which provides, among other things, a forum for countries to work on various problems. At least that’s the theory.

    “4. Insisting that arms control accords enhance America’s security is the only reason to have them. It is a tribute to the left’s anti-American activism that this clause is even considered.”

    Yes, because everyone else will agree to arms control measures that clearly put them at a major disadvantage relative to the US.

    “5. The inclusion of the concept of preserving the Constitution is also a tribute to the left’s serious efforts to destroy it. I would say that “preserving” is much too optimistic. Much of it needs to be restored.”

    Please demonstrate how the left is “destroying” the Constitution. Some of the strongest blows to the Constitution were implemented by conservatives such as G.W. Bush. (Not that Obama hasn’t taken the baton though)

    “6. Assuring America’s energy security is essential if leftists are to arrive safely at their anti-American rallies. You may drive a Prius but when you plug it in somebody has to burn coal to make it go bzzzz.”

    Yeah, SCREW THE ENVIRONMENT!!! IT’S PATRIOTIC!!!

    “7. Securing America’s borders is much the same as locking one’s front door. Leave your doors open all the time and see who arrives at your home. How many supporters of illegal immigration leave their doors open?”

    House does not equal country. Your house is private property, the country is not…yet.

    “8. Protecting America from illegal enemy combatants is designed to protect Americans from the legal repercussions of shooting one of them. If they are in the uniform of a foreign state with which we are at war, you can do that if you too are in our uniform. ”

    Gibberish.

    “The mucky state of terrorism and its leftist supporters makes for certain ambiguities. All military personnel as well as elected officials are sworn to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Let’s get that “domestic enemy” definition clarified. The left might not like this one.”

    Please show leftist support for Islamic terrorism. EVIDENCE, Dick, have you ever heard of it?

    “9. Protecting the military culture may mean fewer social and political experiments to enhance “opportunities” for those who degrade military effectiveness.”

    Like who? And please show evidence of these experiments you speak of. Actual facts, not some conservative blog anecdotes, not chain e-mails, etc.

    “The military exists primarily to break things and kill people. It might be in the left’s best interests not to dilute that purpose with panty parity and sensitivity classes for trained killers. It gets confusing.”

    I’m guessing you like to wear Tapout shirts and possibly have a set of fake testicles hanging from the rear bumper of your pickup truck.

    “10. Again, pursuing a policy that supports our allies and opposes our enemies seems like common sense. But its inclusion here is a response to our domestic enemies’ progress in turning common sense up-side down. The left must remember, our enemies appreciate your support until they have the opportunity to cut you head off.”

    ‘Common sense’ can mean ‘things everyone knows’ or it can mean ‘I don’t know what I’m talking about so I’m going to pretend my uninformed opinion is self-evident.’

    In any case, you are saying we should continue to support regimes like that of Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, both “allies” of the US?

    “12. Using force only when appropriate would be right up the left’s alley. Let’s stop the war in Libya”

    Even a busted clock is right two times a day. Congratulations.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “We need to support President Obama and work in his campaign. ”

    No, we don’t. These right-wingers have been winning for the last twenty years because they are more aggressive, they better understand human psychology, and they have been unopposed by any real organized left. Instead of the latter we have people who support wars when Democrats start them, we have people who ignore the question of class in America, and we have so-called radicals who think that activism must mean street theater and other things that are entertaining for them.

    On the other side we have a lot of mostly white, “middle class” types who think that the reason they are not rich is because taxes are too high. They fervently believe that there is some kind of magic tax cut that will make their boss pay them more, that will help them start a business, that will bring jobs back from China. He hates unions, and he thinks that he doesn’t need any assistance from the government, even when he gets it every day. This type won’t listen to reason, so they need to get their wish. When they are starving, they will learn.

  • Sam Molloy

    I tend to only consider their Homophobia, as I don’t like concentrated camping, but they’d also be quite crazy at international affairs. Hope Obama can pull off his re-election before they rush to Armageddon. “We’ll be boiled…Like sausages with eyes!”

  • skinnyminny

    #5 is laughable.

    How can they enforce number 5 when they don’t know who is who! Again, you can’t look at a person to determine where he or she is from. For instance, these groups believe that every person they see here in the U.S. that looks or sound Latino is Mexican. When in fact, they could be from anywhere in South or Central America. As far as looks, how do they know. There’s a very large population of Palestinians (& Jordanians) that have been in Honduras and El Salvador over a hundred years – in fact, in Honduras, the British forced the Hondurans of Palestinian descent to resettle closest to the coasts. There’s a large population of Palestinians in Chile. But then, let’s say, not just Palestinians, but Syrians, Lebanese, Turks and others – so how can they tell when they are bringing in cheap labor from all of South and Central America – not all are brown skin, and have brown eyes, some can pass for white! LOL!

  • Dick Lancaster

    This article seems hostile to the Center for Security Policy’s twelve point proposal. But leftists would benefit from most of its points.

    1. Maintaining a robust defense posture is one of the reasons the SPLC and other leftists may trash their country without fear of arrest.
    2. Investment in our national security is a rational requirement to prevent Americans, including leftists from being victimized by bio-nuclear events, cyber-attacks and a myriad of other hostile actions from foreign forces who hate America more than its leftists.
    3. Preserving American sovereignty would allow leftists to continue to trash their county. Under UN sovereignty it may not be wise to trash the UN.
    4. Insisting that arms control accords enhance America’s security is the only reason to have them. It is a tribute to the left’s anti-American activism that this clause is even considered.
    5. The inclusion of the concept of preserving the Constitution is also a tribute to the left’s serious efforts to destroy it. I would say that “preserving” is much too optimistic. Much of it needs to be restored.
    6. Assuring America’s energy security is essential if leftists are to arrive safely at their anti-American rallies. You may drive a Prius but when you plug it in somebody has to burn coal to make it go bzzzz.
    7. Securing America’s borders is much the same as locking one’s front door. Leave your doors open all the time and see who arrives at your home. How many supporters of illegal immigration leave their doors open?
    8. Protecting America from illegal enemy combatants is designed to protect Americans from the legal repercussions of shooting one of them. If they are in the uniform of a foreign state with which we are at war, you can do that if you too are in our uniform. The mucky state of terrorism and its leftist supporters makes for certain ambiguities. All military personnel as well as elected officials are sworn to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Let’s get that “domestic enemy” definition clarified. The left might not like this one.
    9. Protecting the military culture may mean fewer social and political experiments to enhance “opportunities” for those who degrade military effectiveness. The military exists primarily to break things and kill people. It might be in the left’s best interests not to dilute that purpose with panty parity and sensitivity classes for trained killers. It gets confusing.
    10. Again, pursuing a policy that supports our allies and opposes our enemies seems like common sense. But its inclusion here is a response to our domestic enemies’ progress in turning common sense up-side down. The left must remember, our enemies appreciate your support until they have the opportunity to cut you head off.
    11. And here again we must propose enlisting the judicial and educational institutions in defending America simply because we have allowed the left to over-step its boundaries in a free society. Once these institutions are improved, you may have a harder time recruiting them for subversion but you are still free to try.
    12. Using force only when appropriate would be right up the left’s alley. Let’s stop the war in Libya.

    By the way, Frank Gaffney is a Democrat—and a patriot.

  • Bridgette J

    I find it ironic and scary that every time I either read or hear something coming out of right wing politician’s mouths, that they seem to be talking about themselves and what they’re doing. Every talking point they use to incite fear into their less than intelligent base is usually something that they already are doing on the right. Here is my actual fear of these morons.
    They hope for a New World Order and military control over the citizens so they can let their corporate friends completely run everything and destroy the planet looking for “renewable energy” such as oil pipelines. They definitely want to destroy the economy so they can tell their constituents that they can help fix everything only if you elect them into power. I could definitely see serious abuses of power (worse than now) by using militias to enforce the right wings agenda and force people to comply. Anyone ever see the movie “V” with Hugo Weaving? Probably something like that.
    Please don’t think I’m crazy. I am a strong Progressive Democrat and have been racking my brain trying to figure out what the right gains by destroying the economy. These were just some far out notions that I came up with. I know it sounds conspiracy theorist, but these people know no bounds when it comes to invading our personal lives with their “small” government.

  • Lou Stouch

    Oh so sorry to be the bringer of disappointment to the SPLC, but it seems that 60% plus of muslims living in the US are………………concerned about islamic extremism in their midst. And not happy with their leaders about doing nothing. Alas, it is NOT islamophobia after all. From an 8 – 31 -11 Pew Research Poll:

    ………..This is illustrated by the results of Pew Research Center’s latest public opinion survey of Muslim Americans, released on August 30, 2011. These results confirm that Islamic extremism in the U.S. is a real problem – not something made up by so-called “Islamophobes” — and that many in the Muslim American community fault their leaders for failing to address it properly.
    (Another) telling fact is that many Muslim Americans surveyed by Pew, who just want to live peacefully with their fellow Americans, are concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in their ranks and believe their national leaders have fallen short in dealing with the problem — the same leaders who condemn any criticism of Islamic radicalism as “Islamophobia.”
    Sixty percent of Muslim Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center indicated “concern about possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S.” That percentage increases to 73% amongst all native-born Muslim Americans expressing such concerns – 78% amongst native-born Muslim American blacks.
    About a fifth of those surveyed went further and said that there is a great deal or a fair amount of support for extremism in the Muslim American community. That rises to 32% amongst all native-born Muslim Americans – 40% amongst native-born Muslim American blacks.
    Moreover, many Muslim Americans want bolder challenges from their leaders against Islamist radicals, not excuses. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed by Pew said that “Muslim leaders in the United States have not done enough to speak out against Islamic extremists.” Only about a third said that Muslim leaders had done enough.

  • marta kaye

    Nazism all over again……history does repeat if we allow it.
    9/11 was our Reichstag
    2001 the Implementation of the Hitlerian policies.

  • skinnyminny

    in re #11, is that why there is a jump in militia/patriot/border type groups? Is that why we have a lot of private military groups participating in the wars as private contractors, such as XE? This is the reason we don’t have any money, due to overcharging the gov, paying immigrant mercenaries from other countries salaries of $100 a week…

    This is sad, when elected officials sign pledges to outside groups with specific racist agendas, than keep their word to the voters who voted them in. As fas as I’m concerned, these same people should instead elect to work for these groups rather than the government and citizens. It is very sad, because they blame the prez for job loses, when in fact, it is the gop gov’s, city council…that are laying off workers at the local level, i.e. firefighters, teachers, maintenance workers…and at a higher level, remember the funding for FAA – airline companies pocketed the tax.

    And with the drought plaguing Texas and African nations, I’m willing to bet, a lot of this has to do with GM foods planted in these areas. The crops were supposed to be drought-resistant, but, the seeds also contain roundup which is a weed killer, and tend to kill off other crops. (most if not all of the hurricanes form off African coasts), so this could be a problem with less regulation. But, back to Texas, most of the firefighters were laid off, or should I say defunded.

    This country have slipped to #5 in re global competitiveness, and if these groups keep getting their way, we will slip to the very bottom.

  • John wade

    Peace with justice

  • L. Walker

    Totally scary. The next presidental election is going to be a scary one. We need to support President Obama and work in his campaign. There are so many totally irrational people out there pushing their own agenda everyone needs to PLEASE VOTE and not for these kind of people.

  • Northern Guy

    #6 is the one that caught my attention most. How do we “ensure America’s energy security?” It seems to me there are two possibilities: 1. We invest in renewable resources and green technology so that we are no longer dependent upon fossil fuels. Knowing the historical and current position of those pushing this pledge, this seems incredibly unlikely. So the alternative is 2. We continue our invasions of the middle east and, very likely, expand to take on places like Venezuela (excuse: he’s a socialist/communist/some kind of ist other than capital…right on our doorstep!), Mexico (excuse: drugs and illegal aliens are a clear and present danger), etc. while concurrently further loosening restrictions on drilling off shore and in places such as ANWR and the like. Anyone think there’s a better than negligible chance of it being #1? Me neither.

  • Terry Washington

    Seems like a “bag of dolly mixtures” designed to galavanize the hard right of US politics.

    Terry

  • CM

    No. 5, excluding the anti-Muslim spin in the “fine print,” is already part of the oath of office that elected officials must swear when taking office. And for those right-wingers who’d like to impose Mosaic law instead of Shari’a, let’s remember that the Constitution contains this clause:

    Article VI:
    No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Allow me to explain these crypic planks.

    1. Maintain a robust defense posture.

    Chin down, shoulders rolled forward. Feet shoulder-length apart, lead turned slightly away from the opponent, rear at more of an angle with heel-raised. Don’t be caught flat footed. Hands up at all time protecting the chin and jaw. Never cross your legs when moving.

    2. Invest in our national security.

    Yeah, because you know the US government doesn’t spend any money on defense.

    3. Preserve American sovereignty.

    This I agree with, if only because that colonial occupation by Thailand a few years back really sucked. But seriously, yeah- sovereignty, but only for America. America is allowed to decide who should run other countries.

    4. Insist that arms control accords enhance America’s security.

    Yeah, because China and Russia aren’t going to be able to spot a treaty that puts them at a significant disadvantage 500 miles away.

    5. Preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States.

    Except those things that pertain to equal rights for all citizens, of course.

    6. Assure America’s energy security.

    Something like 8 presidents have talked about this.

    7. Secure America’s borders.

    What happened to small government?

    8. Protect America from unlawful enemy combatants.

    And who are they? Or right, anyone the US says. And no need to defend the constitution when dealing with them!

    9. Protect the military culture essential to the all-volunteer force.

    This is why you people get called Fascists. If I am correct, the “military culture” of America consists primarily of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Tapout t-shirts, USMC bumper stickers, and making up stories about being a SEAL sniper/scout to impress your fellow workers in the housewares department. I don’t think this needs protection.

    10. Pursue a foreign policy that supports our allies and opposes our adversaries.

    Going to be a bit difficult, as the US changes those designations all the time. Can’t wait till we need to invade Libya after helping terrorists into power.

    11. Enlist judicial and educational institutions in defending America.

    Brainwashing, it’s only bad when left wing people do it!

    12. Use force only where appropriate and, where that is the case, commit to victory.

    “Only where appropriate” means whenever and wherever we want. “Commit to victory” means waste thousands if not tens of thousands of lives(yeah, the locals also count as people) just so we don’t “lose face” and get made fun of on the playground of nations.

  • Jane Schiff

    #2, #9 and #11 are particularly onerous:

    #2 provides for fat juicy opportunities for private contracting with government money.

    #9 I believe is a pathetic diss of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the SPLC and “don’t ask don’t tell.”

    #11 Pretty sure that this indicates a desire on Mr. Gaffney’s part to make sure military tribunals run 24/7, 365 days a year, a desire to remove “activist judges,” and a desire for the public schools to rot in hell so he can ensure the Charter School system stays in place – perhaps adding ROTC etc. It also could provide a very cozy fit with the private prison system that Mr. Gaffney and too many others are trying to shove down our throats. This #11 also is code for forcing military recruitment on universities who may not share in their enthusiasm. It gets so much worse. One thing led to another and I found this: http://www.centerforsecuritypo.....cat_id=300

    Anti-American activities: A Cold War-style Effort to Root Out Civilizational Jihad

    One might hope upon viewing the retro photograph that it’s a spoof – but Frank is “keeping it real.”