The report recently published by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) titled Rage Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies unwittingly describes itself, rather than the object of its contempt, in its own opening paragraph: "fueled by paranoia and conspiracy theories."You should read the whole thing. You should also follow Orit on Twitter.
The report has been all the “rage” in the Obama PR machine -- a.k.a. the mainstream media -- which has exhausted any remaining trace of objectivity by spending a summer and fall crudely mocking average Americans who’ve shown up at town halls and tea parties . . . "Group Finds More Anti-Government Sentiment" on the Caucus blog of the New York Times. "Rage Nation 2.0" on CBSNews.com. And "Crossing the Lines" on the Jerusalem Post website. . . .
Let’s be clear. This execrable document is not meant to inform; it is meant to stoke the very fear and paranoia it pretends to abhor. . . .
If rage is growing, it's because Americans are waking up to the threat of a White House and a congressional majority intent on exponentially increasing the power of the state and gashing individual liberty. . . .
Under the cloak of exposing "extremism," ADL is exposing its own antipathy toward limited government and individual liberty, especially the First and Second Amendments. A perfect fellow traveler for an administration working overtime for the same. . . .
UPDATE: Jonathan Tobin of Commentary wrote:
For the ADL, the "rage” is the result of a three-headed monster: "mainstream political attacks," "grass roots hostility," and "anti-government extremists." . . .I wrote about the ADL's shanda on Nov. 18. And, BTW, don't fall for the fearmongering hate-hype:
[T]he word "mainstream" appears in the report in quotes as if to disparage the notion that such opinions are widespread . . .
[A]ccording to the ADL, one of the "most important" motives for criticism of the stimulus package, ObamaCare, appeasement of Iran, dithering over Afghanistan, and perhaps even the president’s confrontational attitude toward Israel is to lay the groundwork for extremist conspiracy theories!
The director of the Secret Service today disputed widely-reported claims that President Obama is receiving more death threats than previous presidents.Hat tip: Old Rebel.
At a congressional hearing into the White House security breach that took place last week, when Tareq and Michaele Salahi "crashed" the White House state dinner, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said the current threat level against the president is normal.
"The threats right now ... is the same level as it has been for the previous two presidents at this point in their administrations," Sullivan said.