January 18, 2013

Seems To Me That We Need To Reform The Army And Its Training Institutions

When any element of our military produces a document that makes claims like this one, then it is time for a purge to remind the officers that they are subservient to the populace under our Constitution, not our masters and the arbiters of our rights.

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

Got that? If you believe in the principles of federalism outlined in the Constitution, support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government, you are a part of the terrorist threat to America! And lest you have any doubt that the document is intended to discredit and delegitimize the mainstream conservative movement, please note the following. And if you think I’m being alarmist here, I suggest you read the report, which goes to great lengths to link mainstream conservative leaders (both past and present) with the violent groups. At one point, for example, the author goes so far as to link former Reagan Surgeon General C. Everett Koop’s characterization of the struggle against legal abortion as a battle between good and evil to abortion clinic bombers and individuals who have attacked abortionists! That, my friends, is an utter disgrace.

“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”

Speaking as someone who has spent a career in the social sciences, I have an additional problem with this paper. There is no objective data presented for readers to analyze themselves – no list of incidents that are included in the study, for example. What’s more, the incidents are classified based upon the categories assigned by ideological groups on the left, and so the data itself would be suspect in any event. It is therefore fair to say that the scholarship itself is quite shoddy – or at least vague enough as to make me question its validity. And most disturbing is the way in which the lines between actual violent groups and mainstream ideologies are blurred so as to make it appear that those mainstream views are somehow threatening and illegitimate.

In other words, we have the Defense Department now attempting to define what political views are acceptable and appropriate for Americans to hold and which ones ought to be discredited, rejected, and rooted out of the American body politic. We need Congressional hearings on this one, with the report’s author and senior officials from both West Point and the Pentagon subpoenaed and required to answer questions publicly regarding this matter – with a view towards reforming the United States Military Academy and the DoD so that they cease being a threat towards our the civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government that are intended by our Constitution to be a hallmark of the American Republic.

|| Greg, 06:39 PM || Permalink || Comments (2) || Comments || TrackBacks (0) ||

Trackback Information for Seems To Me That We Need To Reform The Army And Its Training Institutions

TrackBack URL for this entry:
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference 'Seems To Me That We Need To Reform The Army And Its Training Institutions'.

Comments on Seems To Me That We Need To Reform The Army And Its Training Institutions

R62leq tygkuxbstjnb, [url=]ncvwzkdqwjds[/url], [link=]mifozhzejevy[/link],

|| Posted by emezpozrveu, February 4, 2017 06:21 PM ||

Xmc4hx ulvwfakzwqqz, [url=]hfcagxstnmkb[/url], [link=]ajmvtsxzrnni[/link],

|| Posted by kavwsssdzos, February 19, 2017 05:55 AM ||
Post a comment

Remember personal info?




Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards
Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2011 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2009 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Posts by Category

Abortion (posts: 2)
Announcements (posts: 13)
Blogging (posts: 187)
Border Issues & Immigration (posts: 421)
deferred (posts: 4)
Education (posts: 685)
Entertainment & Sports (posts: 483)
Guns & Gun Control (posts: 65)
History (posts: 329)
Humor (posts: 88)
Israel/Middle East (posts: 44)
Medical News (posts: 54)
Military (posts: 273)
News (posts: 1571)
Paid Advertising (posts: 234)
Personal (posts: 109)
Politics (posts: 5271)
Race & Racism (posts: 281)
Religion (posts: 819)
Terrorism (posts: 884)
Texas GOP Platform Reform Project (posts: 4)
The Courts (posts: 310)
Watcher's Council (posts: 482)
World Affairs (posts: 345)


January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
December 0000



Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Powered By

Powered by
Movable Type 2.64

Administrative Stuff

Email Me
Syndicate this site (XML)

Advertising Disclosure


About Me

NAME: Greg
AGE: 50-ish
SEX: Male
OCCUPATION: Social Studies Teacher
LOCATION: Seabrook, TX
DISCLAIMER: All posts reflect my views alone, and not the view of my wife, my dogs, my employer, or anyone else. All comments reflect the view of the commenter, and permitting a comment to remain on this site in no way indicates my support for the ideas expressed in the comment.

Search This Site

Support This Site

Recent Entries

On Fake News
Who Cares About The Emoluments Clause?
If It Doesn't Bother You, It Should
Bromance Turns America Into Russian Satellite State
Because Many Americans Would Findf The Biblical Plagues To Be Preferable
Because When A Minority Wins An Election, The Majority Must Shut Up
Hope For The Future
My Resignation As Precinct Chair
Resolution Packet For GOP Precinct Conventions
Why #NeverTrump Is The Only Moral Position


Watchers Council
  • Ask Marion
  • Bookworm Room
  • The Colossus of Rhodey
  • The Glittering Eye
  • GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD
  • The Independent Sentinel
  • JoshuaPundit
  • Liberty's Spirit
  • New Zeal
  • Nice Deb
  • The Noisy Room
  • The Razor
  • Rhymes With Right
  • The Right Planet
  • Simply Jews
  • Virginia Right!
  • Watcher Of Weasels

  • Political & Religious Blogs