Are your kids potential terrorists? If you see any sign of it, be prepared to rat them out. Just make the call. Homeland Security will do the rest.
No, it’s not a joke. This is the president’s Homeland Security and counter-terrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, in a recent speech at Harvard to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
It’s impossible to tell whether this woman is genuinely nuts, or just pushing a truly nasty agenda. Wickedness does not exclude folly.
How are you to know your kids are fixing to blow up the local mini-mall?
Well, it ain’t so easy, says Ms. Monaco. “For the most part, they’re not related directly to plotting attacks. They’re more subtle.” Oh, no—domestic terrorism is more a state of mind. Break out the tea leaves and the tarot cards. “For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational.” We used to call that “adolescence.”
Unfortunately, she continued, the federal government “is rarely in a position to observe these early signs.” So until they’ve got cameras and microphones planted in every home, parents will have to act as “watchdogs”—government stoolies—to detect “radicalization” in their children, in line, says the Daily Caller, with Dear Leader’s goal of combating “homegrown extremism.”
What does she mean by this? To Sen. Harry Reid, “domestic terrorists” are ranchers who don’t want to give up grazing land to a Red Chinese “solar farm” that’ll make scads of money for him and his lobbying offspring. To the Southern Poverty Law Center, a domestic terrorist/extremist is anyone who opposes amnesty for illegal aliens, homosexual pseudomarriage, or the Democrat mania for growing the federal government as big and powerful as possible—in other words, most of the American people.
Yes, I’d be worried if my 16-year-old son started hanging around a madrassa and muttering “Death to the infidels.” But not once in her speech did Ms. Monaco ever mention a certain stripe of Islam as a problem. So it seems we are to assume that any kind of “confrontational behavior” on the part of our children may be viewed as leading to domestic terrorism.
The Regime has blurred the lines that separate terrorism from ordinary teenage balkiness. To the current occupiers of the White House, and their ilk, “domestic terrorism” is any opposition to their utopian schemes—or, indeed, any opposition to anything.
Your daughter won’t stop dating that schmendrick down the street? Your son makes a fuss if you tell him to lay off the stupid video game and take out the garbage? Betcha they’d straighten up in a hurry if they thought you were going to turn them in to Homeland Security: nothing like the prospect of a one-way trip to Gitmo to get a smart-mouth teen to clean his room.
When I was a boy, I was fed on horror stories of life in the Soviet Union, where children were taught to spy on their parents for the KGB. One little slip of the tongue, and Mommy gets shipped off to Siberia. It didn’t strike me as a nice way to live.
But this is completely different. Here we propose to have the parents spying on the children.If parents prove slow or reluctant to turn their children in, you can be sure our patriotic teachers’ unions will eagerly take up the slack.
It gets worse. Maybe your son won’t turn out his lights at eight o’clock to Save the Planet from Global Warming. Surely Climate Change Deniers are potential domestic terrorists, too. They must be silenced.
And while we’re at it, what about “confrontational behavior” by adults?Shouldn’t children be monitoring their parents? And why keep it all in the family? What about that oafish neighbor who donated $25 to Proposition 8, voted for Romney in the last election, and won’t get rid of that unsightly bird bath that you’ve complained about so often? The next time one of his lousy birds poops on your car after you just waxed it, turn him in.
This is “divide and rule” with a vengeance.
As if it weren’t bad enough that we’re governed by thieves, liars, and villains, must we be lorded over by mental patients, too? Ms. Monaco deserves a permanent vacation from the stress of government. So do they all: she’s only one in a crowd.
For years we went about our business peacefully, law-abidingly, while our country was stolen out from under us by a gang of Hugo Chavez wannabes. It’s going to be the devil of a job to uproot them. But it’s either that, or let them keep on doing what they’re doing.
The latter alternative is unthinkable.
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