Over the past few years as we’ve seen one freedom after another taken away from American citizens, I’ve occasionally consoled myself by looking at our military. I’ve done this not only to remind myself about the military power we possess to keep us safe from foreign attack, but also because of the strong values that members of the military have always seemed to share with patriots such as us.
But a couple of recent stories in the news have troubled me and made me wonder what’s going on these days in our Armed Forces. I’m hearing that U.S. soldiers who are open about their Christian faith are taking heat for it, and now I see a story about cadets being taught that patriots are terrorists. I’m not making that up. It’s true!
Professor Arie Perliger, Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, has authored a 148-page report urging enlisted men and women to be on alert for “terrorists” in the form of those who consider themselves patriots.
The report, which implies that Conservatives are backward, archaic and living in an era that has passed them by, also suggests that liberals are future-oriented and progressive in their views. Perliger connects the “violent far right” with people who don’t think that government should intrude on constitutional rights, fundamentalist Christians, survivalists, gun-rights advocates, libertarians, pro-lifers and those who oppose high taxation.
This article from AmericanFreePress.net, “West Point Cadets Taught Patriots Are Terrorists.” is a real eye-opener. How many times can we say, “What the heck is going on?” before we realize that it all comes down from the top? When the country’s administration has made it clear that it wants government to control everything and that it is opposed to the values that made us great as a nation, it’s only a matter of time before the trickle down effect takes hold.
Does it surprise you that now our West Point cadets are being “trained” to associate conservative thinkers with the “violent far right?” Do you think this is an isolated incident, or part of an overall plan to change America from what it was into what the administration wants it to be? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this important subject.