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Don’t Like Being Labeled a ‘Rightwing Extremist’? Blame Bush!

posted at 9:47 am on April 20, 2009 by

Scott Boykin of the Alabama Republican Liberty Caucus:

Creating a new Department of Homeland Security was a bad idea. . . .
Once created, bureaucratic power acts to preserve itself and advances its institutional interests by serving the interests of its political masters. The DHS report on “rightwing extremism” illustrates this principle. . . . The Bush administration’s creation of the new DHS was not simply another instance of poor administration and leadership. Rather, it established a new tool for political leaders seeking to demonize their opponents. Bush’s intentions in creating DHS don’t matter now, because it’s no longer his department. The more power government has, the greater is its potential threat to our freedom. The DHS report is a startling reminder that big government is dangerous.

Keep this in mind next time someone tries to tell you that all Republicans are brainwashed Bushbot lapdogs.

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Reform the national government by making in federal again, destroy it, or obey it. Are there any possibilities I’ve overlooked?

Kralizec on April 20, 2009 at 9:56 AM

It was inevitable that the rule of unintended consequences would kick in. I went crackers when Bush created this new level of bureaucracy, mostly because of expense and more government meddling. The brownshirt Obama administration is now using it to quash legitimate First Amendment criticism of its policies. Par for the course.

marybel on April 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Where was the “great conservative” Dick Cheney when this department was being debated? Why didn’t he advocate a Reaganite view that less government is better?

Speedwagon82 on April 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM