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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Liberal thinking seems to be on the rise.

A short while ago the Vatican agreed with President Obama concerning the need for gun control. Recently, West Point did an in-depth study on right-wing conservatives and liberals. The Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point released the study, warning against American “far right” groups including the “anti-federalist” movement and strong limited-government activists. It was also concerned with the ease with which they so flagrantly can obtain weapons.

The analysis was conducted by West Point professor and CTC director of terrorism studies Arie Perliger and entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” It also draws correlation between past mainstream conservatism and what it says is today’s violent “far right.” The study then goes on to laud liberals as forward-thinking while maintaining that conservatives harbor a more archaic mindset.

“While liberal worldviews are future or progressive oriented, conservative perspectives are more past oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo,” Perliger says. He also characterizes the liberal-democratic system as inclusive and “designed to emphasize civil rights” while far-right ideology inherently “excludes” minorities.

Perliger also identified limited government activists as belonging to one of three categories: “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

First, the Vatican aligning with liberal gun control advocates, then, the military-breeding West Point applauding the liberal approach to government. What could be next? Watch out NRA, The good guys are coming for you.

Nicholas Zizelis

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