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The left’s war on dissent

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Tom Fitton
President, Judicial Watch
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      Tom Fitton

      Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Corruption Chronicles” and the executive producer of the documentary “District of Corruption.”

The far left, led by the Obama administration, has declared a retroactive War on Dissent. Lest you have any doubts, consider this: Were Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin alive today, the Obama administration would label them “extremists” and ban them, at a minimum, from military service. According to a Defense Department training manual recently uncovered by Judicial Watch, our Founding Fathers, or as described by the Obama administration “colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule,” were “examples of extremist ideologies and movements.”

But, it doesn’t stop there. According to a “student guide” from the Defense Department’s Equal Opportunity Management Institute entitled “Extremism,” if you are an American who “talks of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” you can join the Founding Fathers as enemies of the state.

If that sounds Orwellian, it’s not. It’s Obamian. And it’s not about some fictitious country called Oceana buried in the pages of some futuristic novel. It’s about the United States of America, here and now, where leftists ruthlessly, recklessly equate basic conservative values with terrorism.

The Pentagon training manual not only labels those who love their country “extremist,” it goes so far as to ban them from serving the country they love. The document notes that “active participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited.”  The emphasis, by the way, is in the original. So both the Founding Fathers and modern day Tea Party members would not be welcome in today’s military?

This craziness is not limited to the Department of Defense. If the Pentagon’s condemnation of those seeking to “make the world a better place” sounds disturbingly familiar, it’s with good reason. According to a document obtained by Fox News in May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discovered that when the IRS targeted Tea Parties in 2010 and 2011, it included groups focused on government spending, government debt, and, chillingly, ways to “make America a better place to live.”