Note To Democrats: If You're Looking For Domestic Terrorists, Look In The Mirror
By Don Feder
September 10, 2019
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors are at it again. Two weeks ago, they passed a resolution that said criminals henceforth should be called "justice-involved persons," so as not to hurt their tender feelings. Last week, they resolved that the National Rifle Association is a "domestic terrorist organization."
Once again, the left is trying to criminalize speech.
It's true that, among other activities (like teaching gun-safety courses), the NRA supports the Second Amendment.
If that makes the 3.5-million member group a terrorist organization, then so is the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms – a ruling that has never been reversed.
The unanimous resolution of the supervisors charged that the NRA uses "its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite acts of violence." No evidence was offered to support the later. But the left doesn't need facts, just broad assertions unsupported by evidence. Thus Spake Stupid.
Still, I wouldn't be surprised if others on the left adopted variations of this peculiar line of reasoning. Next they'll tell us that by promoting gas consumption, oil companies are inciting degradation of the environment via global warming. Conservative groups which oppose reparations are promoting institutional racism and inciting violence by white supremacists. And so on.
But if the left is really looking for domestic terrorists, it should look in the mirror. By opposing border security at every opportunity, Democrats are facilitating infiltration by foreign terrorists.
In January, presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway said 3,700 "known or suspected terrorists" (including those designated Special Interest Aliens from terrorism-supporting countries like Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan) were stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border. Between 2008 and 2010, 1,918 of these SIAs were apprehended at the border.
In September 2007, Steve McCraw, then Texas' top homeland security official, told the El Paso Times that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda had been arrested at the border. In 2001, former Mexican national security advisor and U.N. Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser revealed that, "Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge."
And in a floor speech on April 3, 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama observed: "Because we live in an age when terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked." But that's exactly what his party is doing now, with sanctuary cities, attacks on ICE, providing health care for illegals and practically throwing themselves off a cliff to stop Trump's border wall.
Another assault on public safety is the Democrats' war on law enforcement.
In urban neighborhoods, respect for the police has hit an all-time low. This summer, we witnessed the sad spectacles of mobs dousing cops with buckets of cold water and throwing projectiles at them in New York City, whose mayor, Bill de Blasio, is notoriously anti-police. (Hundreds of cops turned their backs on him at a funeral for an NYPD officer in 2017.)
In Philadelphia in August, six officers were shot trying to serve an arrest warrant on a career criminal, while a mob jeered and assaulted them. Instead of denouncing the mob, Mayor Jim Kenney used the tragedy to push for more gun control.
Beto O'Rourke blames urban crime (along with everything else) on "the legacy of white supremacy." Julian Castro has his "People's First Policing" to end "overly-aggressive" and "racially-discriminatory" policing, with a series of reforms including restricting when officers can use deadly force and investigating departments that fail to meet subjective federal standards, to be set by Castro and his fellow Democrats.
Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are still repeating the lie that a cop in Ferguson Missouri shot and killed an innocent black man in 2014 – in reality, a thug who'd assaulted and was trying to wrestle his gun away from him.
A grand jury refused to indict the officer and even Obama's Justice Department cleared him of wrongdoing.
Attorney General William Barr characterized the m.o. of Democratic politicians in a speech to the national Fraternal Order of Police in August: "Whenever there is a confrontation involving the use of force by police, they automatically start screaming for the officers' scalps, regardless of the facts."
Fearful of being made scapegoats, all over the country, police are pulling back – making arrests only when unavoidable, making the nation – and especially inner-city neighborhoods – less safe. While the Democrats score points off law enforcement, public safety takes a hit.
Democrats' war on domestic energy production is also an attack on national security. Increasingly, Democratic candidates are comparing energy companies to the tobacco industry – pushing a product they know to be toxic, putting profits before public health.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants a carbon pollution fee on energy companies. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (whose presence in the Democratic field will be sorely missed) demands that fuel companies pay for what she calls climate-related damage.
When asked by CNN after the Democrats' Detroit debate, "Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?" the former Vice President responded with a simple "No." Will we fuel our factories with solar power and run our cars on chicken droppings?
There is an estimated 1.3 trillion barrels of recoverable shale oil and 3 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas under American soil. And there it will remain if the Democratic candidates for president have their way.
We'll once again be dependent on Middle Eastern oil which will send prices soaring and swell the coffers of foreign terrorist groups.
A number of prominent Democrats are goose stepping in time with the storm troopers of ANTIFA. Congresswoman Debra Haaland (D., N.M.) called ANTIFA goons rampaging in Portland, Ore. "peaceful protestors" and declared that President Trump was once again siding "with white nationalists" in condemning them.
When he was deputy chair of the DNC, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison posted a picture of himself posing with "ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook," saying it would "strike fear in the heart" of the president. Though, in fairness, a number of Democrats, including Biden, have rejected our homegrown brownshirts.
When the San Francisco supervisors call the NRA a "domestic terrorist organization" – while ignoring their party's complicity in undermining U.S. security – it represents a disconnect from reality stunning to behold.
Tony Bennett's City by the Bay is now known for piles of human feces lining the streets, thanks to the city's refusal to deal with homelessness. The supervisors' resolution smearing the NRA is a different pile of poop.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.