Sebastian links to a New York Times series on militias. At this point, I have not read the entire thing. I did read this NYTimes article, discussing the Michigan Militia's efforts to draw a distinction between the Militia and extremist groups.
So, my question is, why don't those on the left who are so concerned about militias--I'm looking at you, Southern Poverty Law Center!--spend any time tracking leftist extremist groups? The anarchists I discussed in the previous post, eco-terrorists like ALF and ELF, SEIU's Purple People Beaters, non-white "racial identity" groups, Muslims looking to buy property and go play Rambo in the woods...? Why? Why is it that, when we hear about the actions of these groups, if we hear about them at all, they tend to be one-minute wonders in the Lame Stream Media, and no one in the Liberal/Progressive wants to even acknowledge any possibility of a connection with Liberal/Progressive goals or values?
Plus, as Sebastian says in the post I linked to above:
The left shouldn’t just outright dismiss the concerns about criminal actions by law enforcement as just a bunch of right-wing nuttery. That’s something every American should be concerned about. When the people see their government commit crimes, and then not only fail to see the perpetrators held accountable, but so see them promoted while misdeeds are covered up, it undermines people’s faith in the system to the point where they believe drastic action is necessary. Given that pool of anger and resentment, you’re always going to find charlatans and opportunists willing and able to pour gasoline over the fire.Because, if the Left/Liberal/Progressive media and leadership were paying attention, they'd know that those of us on the Right/Conservative/Libertarian side of the spectrum are condemning such activities, even while we admit that we may have something in common.
Then again, that assumes that "they" pay any attention to us.
ADDED: Then again, what makes "them" so sure that being in a "militia" automatically equates to being "right wing" or "conservative/libertarian"? Are Apocalyptic Christian