Glad We Won The Revolutionary War? You’re An Extremist, According To The U.S. Department Of Defense

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Late last week, government accountability nonprofit Judicial Watch obtained training materials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), used by the Air Force to train soldiers how to identify extremist ideologies and hate groups.

Turns out it’s wise to leave the DoD out of the loop if you happen to think the American Revolution was a good idea. Colonial revolutionaries and Confederate secessionists are just two historical examples of “ideological extremism” described in the training documents.

One worldview that’s hateful to the DoD is that of the patriots who earned America’s independence from Great Britain. On page 43 of the training booklet, soldiers learn this:

As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.

The educational material on offer refers repeatedly to nationalists, rednecks, skinheads, anarchists, “religion,” environmentalists, supremacists and separatists and offers examples of each. But when it comes to offering examples of religious extremism, guess what’s absent? Islamist terror activities against Americans. Here’s the only occurrence of the word “Islam” in the entire 133-page document:

Sudan Holocaust – Since 1983, the Northern fundamentalist Muslim government of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has been waging war against the mostly Christian South. The northern government has been killing, displacing, and enslaving the African Christians. Over 1.9 million civilians have died, and over 4 million have been forced to flee their homes. The victims are Christians, moderate Muslims, and African traditionalists who refuse to accept the Sudan government’s policies of Arab control and conformity to Islamic rules and laws. The extremist ideologies of supremacy, nationalism, and religion apply to this event.

Published by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute earlier this year, the document is rife with information mined from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which evidently have earned the DoD’s veneration when it comes to objectivity. The SPLC and ADL data stands alongside data provided by the FBI and the DoD itself to inform students about how many hate groups there are in the United States, what constitutes “hate speech,” and which world views are hateful (one of the SPLC’s special prerogatives).

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Ben Bullard

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  • Toy Pupanbai

    One of the main reasons for the Revolutionary war was the the out-lawing of a local currency that bore no interest to a central bank In England.
    The Bankers sorted that problem with the Federal Reserve System, in 1913.
    The Revolution was therefore quite unnecessary.

    • Quester55

      T.P. Well named, Guess by your Attitude, you’d prefer Your Muslim buddies to round up every Christian & Jew, for a Home Town, Beheading?

      • real talk 1

        What I can’t quite grasp is if the muslim belief is all they say it is why do they come and live in a christian nation, what’s the matter their a Ilah won’t bless them so they come to america for the christian blessing, and for the homegrown variety that walk around in muslim garb and collect christian entitilments is that why you’re here in america do you belive?

        • Nadzieja Batki

          Even human predators need new territory when human prey runs out. In olden times it was the human sheep who migrated into new territories to get away from the human wolves, now the human wolves follow.

    • 24 Year Vet Who Is Tired Of It

      Idiot

    • Rainey Grimes

      If you actually believe what you said then you are a jackass. If you are living here in America you had ought to get the hell out and go live with all the other freedom-hater muslims. Why should our men and women in service put their lives on the line for your sorry ass and all the ones like you including all the welfare check grabbing bums

    • Glen Welch

      I have a Master’s Degree in U.S. History and all the coursework for a doctorate in the same. I do not recall ever hearing such tripe as “One of the main reasons for the Revolutionary war was the the out-lawing of a local currency that bore no interest to a central bank In England.” There were a lot of reasons for the Revolution. The bottom line was that America would not be what it is if the Revolution had not occurred. Those who believe it was “unnecessary” are fools and anti-American. The author’s name suggests he originates elsewhere. May I suggest that if he believes such trash, he might be happier going back? I know we would be.

    • CatGman

      Yes, and now we need another revolution to free us from the Federal Reserve System.

      • me

        Yep, the world bank has taken over. Look up “Financial Tyranny” online. It tells the whole story. In the story it is revealed that the Fed is a branch of the world ban.

        Yep, the world bank has taken over

    • Dale H

      Pupambai??Strange name –strange person , and no real understanding of the War that Freed the Colonists form England and the stupid king–
      1775-1776 and the years of the war–then you jump to 1913?? do you realize how many years are in between those dates ??—so in your opinion the Colonists should have waited all those years to be a FREE people, those people were what Real America is all about—the same as all our Veterans who have sacrificed for all the dumb asses that now seem to want to be another USSR—the ones that kept this country free so idiots like you can come to this country and spew your stupid crap–go home -we do not need someone like you–go back to wherever you came from and please take that phony in the White House with you —
      I am sick and tired of reading crap like you put out–

  • Toy Pupanbai

    One of the main reasons for the Revolutionary war was the the out-lawing of a local currency that bore no interest to a central bank In England.
    The Bankers sorted that problem with the Federal Reserve System, in 1913.
    The Revolution was therefore quite unnecessary.

  • Vigilant

    OF COURSE the ideology of the patriots during the American Revolution was an extremist one for its day. In a world ruled by kings, caliphs and theocratic dictators, the concept of individual sovereignty as a tenet of natural law was as extremist as you could get.

    As Barry Goldwater said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

    • dan

      the more things change …the more they remain the same ;
      in a world ful of kings,caliphs and theocratic dictators….
      i would only point out that most were theocratic only because they thought themselves to be divine

    • Speak2Truth

      The Left are training up their Red Guard in the United States.

      Just remember, Obama’s political mentor, Bill Ayers, came from the Weather Underground, a communist extremist group (not on the SPLC’s list) that estimated it would have to murder about 25 million Americans who would resist the “fundamental transformation” of the USA into a Socialist Dictatorship.

      The American leadership was replaced in a communist coup in 2008. The war to overthrow the USA is already on as the communist consolidate power and re-educate the masses to hate the American System. Americans aren’t defending their nation yet.

      • CCB11

        I am from the 60’s and they were considered extremists and Communists back then besides being criminals. Now they are teaching in Universities. Now they are in the WhiteHouse. The problem is the news media in this country is corrupt now. So many people will have no idea until it is too late to do anything about it. I grieve for our Country and all the young people growing up under this corrupt regime. Are the Republicans part of this? They have to know what has been going on. Especially Boehner. Obamacare is just another arm of the corruption that has been going on.And every Democrat voted for it.

  • real talk 1

    Maybe someone can tell me just what is extreme when you are fighting for your freedom in another country, and this whole idea of this topic sounds liberal to me, now just tell me if you are using our learning institutions for an ideal that is counter to the constitution of this great nation is that being extreme? passing a law giving school children instruction that they have to share their rest room no matter their gender is that extreme?or is coming to this country as a muslim or even worse born in this country as atheist and taking the nation to court to enforce your belief is that extreme? all in the name of liberalism.

    • Chester

      This country is rather unique in having separate restrooms for both sexes, so teaching kids they have to share with all is not anything out of line at all. It may not be quite your cup of tea, but then, we all have opinions about who should be allowed to do what to whom and what they should be allowed to use to do it.

      • dan

        raising three males…my best purchase ever was a urinal
        ….THATS WHY

  • RT

    What this article fails to covering is that all of the American examples of extremism involve the revolt of the people from the tyranny and lawlessness of their governments. I believe that is why individual and states rights advocates are being targeted as extremists. They fear loosing their power and ability to control us and force us to submit to their endless laws, regulations, ordinances, and statutes that loot us of our wealth and our freedom.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      The government officials and government no bodies are giving hints and subdued threats to the populace that still believes in the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, Biblical Values, American Exceptionalness.

    • CCB11

      I absolutely agree with you !!

  • dan

    The Brits wouldn’t have had a revolution to deal with if they hadn’t come for the guns….food for the hired/standing/militiary
    Lincoln might have avoided the unCivil War if he hadn’t rushed to blockaide Charleston Harbor
    The response to an invading or occupying army is universal,no matter it’s content , purpose or origin.

  • Stuart Shepherd

    Weren’t the Jews “extremists” to Hitler?

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Statists always disdain those who seek Freedom from their domination.
    It’s just part of the nature of Leadership.
    Achtung! Sie werden gehorchen, Sklave!

  • Scott

    Where does this document exclaim that being this type of person is bad? I read that article a few times, and the more I read it the more I believe that the author is anti-revolutionary, installing fear into the hearts of those who think outside the box. The US DoD is not going to target ideals, that would be counter productive; unless of course they are trying to spark a revolution.

  • BHR

    When it comes to BEING EXTREME IN POLITICS there is only one meaning. A group that wants to take power totally based on only their beliefs. No other group is allowed to have any freedoms or beliefs, that the Dictators do not allow.

    The Founding Fathers did just the opposite, gave freedoms to all people.

  • Dajeno

    Ben, you’ve got your head someplace where the sun doesn’t shine. Why don’t you come over to my place and explain this to me in more detail. Then I’ll teach you the facts of life and what I think of your delusional insanity.