American Legion responds to DHS’ unwarranted fear of veterans

| April 14, 2009

A friend of ours in the deep southland sends us the letter that the American Legion national commander, David K. Rehbein sent to Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano in response to the report that TSO wrote about yesterday which expressed an unwarranted fear of us right-wing veterans. The letter reads;

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, “…we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law…”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical “disgruntled military veteran” is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.

Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?

In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.

He had a lot more control than I would – I guess that’s why he’s the commander. I hope he addresses that racist hate group the Southern Poverty Law Center’s participation in this farce some day.

I have a favorite quote from Samuel Johnson that addresses this very same subject in his 18th century book “The Patriot”;

“It is the quality of patriotism to be jealous and watchful, to observe all secret machinations, and to see publick dangers at a distance. The true lover of his country is ready to communicate his fears, and to sound the alarm, whenever he perceives the approach of mischief. But he sounds no alarm, when there is no enemy; he never terrifies his countrymen till he is terrified himself. The patriotism, therefore, may be justly doubted of him, who professes to be disturbed by incredibilities…”

Thanks to Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Nice Deb and Free Republic for the links.

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  1. hu... says:

    Right-wing extremism is a fact of life. They do not accumulate guns for nothing. I believe they are sincere in their efforts to prepare for a war, and unfortunately I believe they think it is going to be here. These people are dangerous and fueled by the right-wing nuts on the air.
    They claim they fear their guns will be taken away, but they’re making the case that their guns should be taken. They’re about nothing but hate and disorder. we will need to crush the extremists like pebbles just as we did in the mid-90s. Let’s just pray we it happens before another Oklahoma City.

  2. Airborne Injun says:

    hu…When you get the f**king nerve to crush this extremist,please,please come see me first!!! A mouthy little piece of shit like you doesn’t need to worry about anyone wasting a perfectly good round on your sorry little butt…
    all you need is a good spanking and a diaper change from your mommy!Get a job,get a life, and get a clue!

    Nothing but love for ya hu!!!

  3. UpNorth says:

    Injun, hu’s just another drive-by poster from the nether world of lefty morons. I don’t recall Anyone being “crushed” in the 90’s, other than Saddam, the first time around.
    So, to deny folks like hu and SD that which gets them off, just remember folks,
    DFTT=Don’t Feed The Trolls.

  4. Airborne Injun says:

    UpNorth…Point taken,I’ll let the bastards starve to death!

  5. elephant4life says:

    Crawfish said, ‘Us veterans swore an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Since the Democrats consider the Constitution to be a “flawed” and “extreme” document that needs to be thrown out, they classify any of us who believe in it to be “right wing extremists.”’

    Would you consider Barry Soetoro to be a domestic enemy of the United States?

    For that matter, your description of the Democrats seems to qualify them, as well.

    Things that make you go “hmmmmmm”.

  6. gina says:

    To: UpNorth

    njun, hu’s just another drive-by poster from the nether world of lefty morons. I don’t recall Anyone being “crushed” in the 90’s, other than Saddam, the first time around.

    Response: I AGREE.

    Facts that Republican Establishment never marginalized the Democrats and LeftWings:

    a. Bush bipartisan administration – too many leftwingers and RINOs.

    b. After 8 years, the likes of hu thrived…. they were not exterminated.

  7. KJ says:

    I believe that Ms. Napolitano is a product of the rarefied air of University living. Steeped in liberal bias from an early age. It’s why she was picked for the job. Until Obama grows some stones and does the right thing (don’t hold your breath), we will be saddled with incompetent appointees.