Obama Declares War On "Extremism" – Are You An "Extremist"?

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Do you know what an “extremist” is?  In the wake of the horrible terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, Barack Obama is speaking very boldly about the need to win the war against “extremists”, and he has announced plans to host a major global summit on “extremism” next month.  And on the surface that sounds great.  But precisely how are we supposed to determine whether someone is an “extremist” or not?  What criteria should we use?

As you will see below, your definition of an “extremist” may be far, far different from the definition that Barack Obama is using.  When you do a Google search, you will find that an “extremist” is defined as “a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.”  According to Wikipedia, “extremism” is “an ideology (particularly in politics or religion), considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of a society or to violate common moral standards.  Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and economic.”  Please notice that neither of those definitions uses the word violence.  In this day and age, you can be considered an “extremist” simply based on what you believe, and as you will see later in this article there are now tens of millions of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” according to official U.S. government documents.

When you use the word “extremist”, you may have in your mind a picture of ISIS fighters or the terrorists from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

But for elitists such as Barack Obama, the word “extremist” has a much broader meaning.  In recent years, it has become a code word for those that do not have an “enlightened” view of the world.  If your views on politics, religion or social issues are extremely different from the liberal, progressive views of “the mainstream” (as defined by the mainstream media and by “mainstream” politicians such as Barack Obama), then they consider you to be an extremist.

Early in the presidency of George W. Bush, we were told that Islamic terrorists were the enemy.  And so most of the country got behind the idea of the War on Terrorism.  But over the years that has morphed into a War on Extremism.  In fact, the Obama administration has gone so far as to remove almost all references to Islam from government terror training materials

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.


“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.

Now, much of the focus in law enforcement training materials is on “domestic extremists”.  We are being told that “domestic extremism” is just as great a threat to our national security as terror groups overseas are.

But exactly who are these “domestic extremists”?

Well, the truth is that you may be one of them.

I want to share with you a list that I have shared in a couple of previous articles.  It is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” or “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents.  This list will really give you a good idea of what Barack Obama means when he uses the word “extremist”.  Each of these 72 items is linked, so if you would like to go see the original source document for yourself, just click on the link.  As you can see, this list potentially includes most of the country…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

Do you fit into any of those categories?

Personally, I fit into a couple dozen of them.

That is why alarm bells should go off whenever Barack Obama speaks of the need to crack down on “extremism”.

If Barack Obama wants to denounce Islamic terror, he should do so.  But because of his extreme political correctness, he goes out of his way to avoid any connection between Islam and terror.  Instead, he speaks of the need to recognize “Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings” and he insists that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Meanwhile, our liberties and freedoms are being eroded a little bit more with each passing day.  In the name of fighting “terrorism” or “extremism”, our government is constructing a Big Brother police state control grid all around us.  I like the way that Ron Paul described what is happening to us just the other day

If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.


It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.


With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.


It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life.


The trap was set. At the beginning of a cycle that systematically undermines liberty with delusions of easy prosperity, the change may actually seem to be beneficial to a few. But to me that’s like excusing embezzlement as a road to leisure and wealth — eventually payment and punishment always come due. One cannot escape the fact that a society’s wealth cannot be sustained or increased without work and productive effort. Yes, some criminal elements can benefit for a while, but reality always sets in.


Reality is now setting in for America and for that matter for most of the world. The piper will get his due even if “the children” have to suffer. The deception of promising “success” has lasted for quite a while. It was accomplished by ever-increasing taxes, deficits, borrowing, and printing press money. In the meantime the policing powers of the federal government were systematically and significantly expanded. No one cared much, as there seemed to be enough “gravy” for the rich, the poor, the politicians, and the bureaucrats.

The country that our forefathers founded is dying.

Now, individuals and organizations that attempt to restore the values that our founders once believed in so strongly are regarded as dangerous “extremists” that need to be watched carefully.

Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is happening to this nation.  As long as they are fed a constant diet of mindless entertainment, most Americans are perfectly content to let “the experts” do their thinking for them.

We are steamrolling toward oblivion, and most of the country is dead asleep.

So is there any hope for us?

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ml8ml8's picture

No one thinks they are an extremist, the same way everyone thinks they are middle class.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Im extremely handsome, does that count?

corsair's picture

It will soon.

Casus belli is being constantly degraded.

johngaltfla's picture

If you're a capitalist who despises government and bankster meddling you are an extremist....

jbvtme's picture

i used to fly fish. does that make me an ex-streamist?

Mr Pink's picture

If I like to bang chicks does that make me "anti gay"?

gladih8r's picture

I like extremely spicy food.  Am I fucked now in this new reality?

Guantanamo Bay,....with bland vegetarian sandwiches,.... luke-warm bottled water during the inevitable water-boarding sessions.....holy shit....this isn't going to turn out well.




gladih8r's picture

Gawd...hummus pine nut rectal rehydration.... wtf?  Do they use a caulking gun for that?

Winston Churchill's picture

Big indusrial one, with a tip like a donkey dong.

TeamDepends's picture

Assume the position, Extremist!!!!

Muh Raf's picture

And now the Sunday Times is extremist with its hate speech cartoons. You can't make this stuff up. Suppose now we all need some instant print posters and lapel button/badges stating "I am Rupert".  http://www.arabworld360.info/2015/01/zionist-attack-against-sunday-times... Perhaps we should have a world leaders fake march again too. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=324_1421065729

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Fuck the US government and fuck anyone who thinks it's legitimate.

Is that extreme enough?

Keyser's picture

^ Are you really so stupid that you spam this site with your trash? Never mind, obviously so... 


So it appears that all ZH members are extremists...  Prepare for the thought police to beat down your door and if you're lucky, spend time in a re-education camp... If unlucky, well, do I really need to say it? 

clymer's picture

Those extremely happy with Obama and congress and SCOTUS need to watched carefully. Perhaps even spied upon. They are EXTEREMELY happy and satisfied. This is dangerous

Anusocracy's picture

I think it is extremely important to leave the US soon.

The9thDoctor's picture

I've been accused of being an Obama Voter, being a lefty, being a Democrat, and a bunch of other inaccurate labels because I disagree with some of the libertarian leanings on this site.

Well according to this article, I am an extremist.

1-9, 17, 22-26, 29-30, 32-35 ,38, 45-50, 57, 60-63, 65-70 on this list makes me pretty EXTREME!

COSMOS's picture

DANG it, I guess the founding fathers were lucky for being born in an age without drones.  Otherwise they would be bombed for being EXTREMISTS. 

FOLKS at Bundy Ranch 2.0 better be careful.

TheRedScourge's picture

Wait a sec...war...on extremists? Isn't that...a little...extreme?

Tall Tom's picture

Prepare for the thought police to beat down your door and if you're lucky, spend time in a re-education camp... If unlucky, well, do I really need to say it? 


I disagree wholeheartedly...


If you are lucky then you will not be present when they beat down your door.


If you are unluckier then you will be there and you will be shot and killed.


If you are the unluckiest then you will be sent to the re education camp and tortured for a very long time until they put you out of your misery and kill you. Maybe you will get to watch as they buttfuck your children in front of you while yelling at you to comply.

Thanatos's picture

....we came in?"

So ya
Thought ya
Might like to go to the show.
To feel the warm thrill of confusion
That space cadet glow.
Tell me is something eluding you, sunshine?
Is this not what you expected to see?
If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes
You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise.


They saw it all coming...

Tall Tom's picture

Would...would you like to see Britannia rule again, my friend?

All you need to do is follow the worms.

Would...would you like to send our colored cousins home again, my friend?

All you need to do is follow the worms.


Good morning worm your honor...


Yes they did see it. I agree.

Bananamerican's picture

Do they use a caulking gun for that?


yeah, and a guy named "Hector": U.S. Gimp batallion, Private, 1st class

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Big caulk, YES.  Gun, well not really . . .

DaveyJones's picture

no but beastiality is still a problem

shovelhead's picture

Pretty sure "Making the waters to recede and the Earth to heal" would be considered extremist and mentally unsound to boot.

BraveSirRobin's picture

Just for the record, I am numbers 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 11. 12. 13. 14. 22. 24. 26. 28. 32. 37. 38. 41.

42. 44. 45. 46. 47. 49. 52. 54. 55. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 65. 66. 67. 68. 70. 72. for a total 1,560 extremist points. That must explain all the laser dots dancing on my head when I'm walking outside or near a window.

wee-weed up's picture



You need to listen to Hitlery...

"Laser beam... no way... and even if it was true..."

"What difference does it make?"

"I'm from the Gummint and I'm here to hep ya! It's for da chilren!"

Because that's what she will tell her subjects if elected Prez.

Aeternus's picture

For a minute there I thought you were miles dyson.

Bravely bold Sir Robin
Rode forth from Camelot
He was not afraid to die
Oh Brave Sir Robin
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways
Brave, Brave, Brave Brave Sir Robin.

He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken
To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away
And his limbs all hacked and mangled, Brave Sir Robin.

His head smashed in and his heart cut out
And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged
And his nostrils raped and his bottom burned up
And his penis...(made to stop by Robin)

Brave Sir Robin ran away.
Bravely ran away, away.
When danger rears it's ugly head
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes Brave Sir Robin turned about
He gallantly chickened out.

Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat.
Oh bravest of the brave, Sir Robin.

Tall Tom's picture

So you are writing that it is best not to be taken alive?


Yes I agree.


That also must be what the Muslim Suicide Bombers are taught as well...They have been taught that evil propaganda that the USA tortures those whom they capture.


And then you will wonder why somebody will blow themselves up to smithereens? Propaganda. The enemy uses propaganda to demonize our heroic forces.


Naaaaah. The United Staes does not resort to torture, ever. We are the good guys, right?




We torture captives?


Never mind.



MalteseFalcon's picture

Obama should just resign at this point and limit the damage.

"Extremism" isn't even in the top 50 of the world's problems.

boattrash's picture

And this, pretty much covers every fuckin Govt. Agency out there...

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

fredquimby's picture

Speaking of Obola....

One of the US army chaps that went out to Liberia has now just gone for a Burton:

"The soldier [who collapsed and died at his home] was one of 87 troops who had returned to central Texas’ Fort Hood on Wednesday after serving in Liberia since October. He was granted emergency leave from the 21-day Ebola quarantine for family reasons, the Army Times reported."

Sorry to threadjack, but I know we all love to keep an eye on the big E, and as you Americans have a lock-down on Ebola reporting.....




Oldwood's picture

I would wear the badge proudly...where can I get one anyway?

I'm sure I really don't need one as if their intelligence gathering is anywhere near worth what I'm paying for, they should already have me on the list.

But still, I would wear it as proud as a peacock!

I do everything to the extreme. Do it, do it all the way, or don't do it at all.

acetinker's picture

I went to WalMart today.  I bought a twelve-pack of beer and a gun.  Do I qualify?

boattrash's picture

Now that is what you call. One-Stop Shopping!

As to the list, I got an A+, best grade I've made in years!

The9thDoctor's picture

If you sit in a power chair and watch Faux News all day while popping pills and eating McDonalds and hoarding out your trailer, that would make you a "moderate" on this list.

nmewn's picture

Got the shirt!


Oh yeah, the French government is dialing it in...


...Google Translate if the French is rusty.

Seems like falak and I warned about this just last night, its starting.



Gawd I've offended someone!!! I thought I was losing my touch for a minute ;-)

acetinker's picture

Nme, I don't consider you as my enemy.  Sometimes, I think you just don't know any better than to say what you say.

I reckon you may not fully understand what I mean by this but know:  I recognize a good heart when I see one.

I felt the same way about fonzannoon who is now banished from our presence.

I'm not a moderator, I'm nobody- suffice to say we don't always agree- But I want you to know that I've always heard you.

Be well.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

WRT fonz, do we know he has been banned, and why? I havent seen him around in a long time

acetinker's picture

Well, there was quite a bit of buzz when he disappeared.  Particularly from Dr. Engali.

Maybe we should ask him,  Doc and fonz were like frick and frack there for awhile.

Bottom line is, I don't know.

nmewn's picture

Fonz banished himself, he got tired of the jooo bullshit.

You are not my enemy. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy, its your choice. We've had people like this in all our lives, I'm no different.

I say what I say because I can. I want to provoke you and everyone...just to think. Even now the French are being whipped up into a nationalist fervor by its government (see my link). Ask yourself, will you be safer by its expansion? On the other hand, how is it that people can travel to the ME, come "home" and then kill "their own" countrymen? Passports fall under government jurisdiction, they could just strand them there, they made their choice.

But yes, I provoke, so that maybe a few will think, what kind of world do you want to live in?

I prefer (and will as long as I live) say whatever crosses my mind, as it should be.