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By Ellen Makkai
April 20, 2009

I confess; I am a domestic right-wing extremist. As I read the Law Enforcement Sensitive Information (LES) from the Department of Homeland Security, I realized that the innocuous white van parked across the street isn’t the milkman.

Superficially, my family fits the DHS domestic terrorist profile--not the sleeper-cell Islamic extremists, but the target-shooting, Bible-toting, baby-loving, troop-cheering, tax-paying, God and country types.

A quick scan of the document makes us likely surveillance candidates. DHS provides law enforcement with a handy checklist.

“Domestic rightwing extremists have feared…a cataclysmic economic collapse of the United States.” Check! I’m steamed about our enormous national debt, the lard-laden non-stimulus bill, impending tax increases and my family’s dim economic outlook.

“Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested subjects (George Mason and Patrick Henry would be proud)…many rightwing extremists perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms…” Check! Our nephew, the gunsmith, recently stopped by, sporting a nifty Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum. When he moved here, his munitions briefly camped out in our guest room. Seven handguns, rifles and shotguns, and 3000 rounds of ammo were stacked against the ruffled bed skirt.

“Fear of Communist regimes” Check! A cousin knows something about the tyrannical Communist threat. Fidel Castro nationalized her family’s plantation while she studied in the U.S. Her parents huddled atop a boxcar for three weeks before escaping Cuba. They landed here with more than most refugees. They smuggled out nine dimes.


“Rightwing extremists have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action” Check! My Hungarian mother-in-law is thoroughly miffed that illegals choke schools and emergency rooms, spike crime stats, hatch anchor-babies and line-jump over legal immigrants who wait years. In 1905, her mother arrived alone at age 15, navigated Ellis Island and worked feverishly in factories until finally earning citizenship.

“Rightwing extremist views bemoan the decline of U.S. stature” Check! What was Mr. Obama doing, bowing to Saudi King Abdullah, a repressive potentate who routinely trounces basic human rights?

“Rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veteran” Check! I have an Army nephew, a Navy niece, a retired-Navy parent, a deployed-Navy brother in-law. Another camouflage-covered nephew is positioning himself for a military academy.

“the Internet…has given domestic extremists greater access to information related to bomb-making” Check! My husband crossed the Wyoming border with explosive contraband on July 3, 1985. He left a mini-crater in our suburban street when illegal fireworks took a bizarre circuitous route before heading skyward.

“Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration” Check! My extreme antagonism feeds off Obama’s abhorrent socialist agenda along with his flagrant hypocrisy. Examples from my checklist:

“I am in favor of limits on late-term abortions,” candidate Obama said to Pastor Rick Warren. Using a convoluted excuse, he voted as an Illinois Senator against SB 230, a ban on partial-birth abortions. He was the lone vote against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which protected babies who inconveniently survived abortion. Obama’s candidate for Secretary of Health and Human Services is Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, close crony of notorious partial-birth abortionist, George Tiller.

“Let’s make clear what the facts are; I am a Christian,” he stated during a presidential debate. Last week, the small engraved letters IHS (symbolizing the name of Jesus) above the dais at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, were covered by black painted plywood as per White House request before the president spoke. Consequently, IHS, along with "Ad majorem Dei gloriam"—"To the greater glory of God," disappeared.

“…we’re the party that will guarantee every American an affordable, world-class, life-long, top-notch education,” said 2006 Obama. The Wall Street Journal reports that his Department of Education, always in obeisance to anti-voucher teachers’ unions, issued a gag order on a study that revealed great academic improvement among voucher children compared to poorer showings among those without vouchers. Obama only supports more dough to prop up our non-innovative and failing public school system. Sorry, kids.

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Come to think of it, my family should alarm Obama’s domestic surveillance team. The man is a compulsive and cutthroat political candidate. And we just could be among the tea-partying confederates who vote him and his highfalutin congress out of office--denying Mr. Obama a second term, the last political prize left to win.

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Former syndicated columnist, Ellen Makkai, is a Bible-reading grandmother who lives in the Denver foothills and blogs again at











A quick scan of the document makes us likely surveillance candidates. DHS provides law enforcement with a handy checklist.