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Former DHS Secretary: Removing Confederate Statues Is A Matter Of National Security
Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2017 | Matt Vespa

Posted on 08/21/2017 5:12:23 AM PDT by Kaslin

Statues of Lincoln, Catholic saints, and Confederate generals have been in the political debate as of late. There are even a few commentators who want to tear down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It’s out of control, but then again—that’s the progressive Left. Now, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says it’s a matter of national security. He made the remarks to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week Sunday. Our friends at the Washington Free Beacon clipped the exchange

Jeh Johnson: Removing Confederate statues a matter of 'homeland security'

"What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the Confederate monuments, are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK, and this is most alarming," Johnson said. "We fought a world war against Nazism. The KKK reigned terror on African Americans for generations."

"I salute those in cities and states who are taking down a lot of these monuments for reasons of public safety and security," he added. "And that's not a matter of political correctness. That's a matter of public safety and homeland security and doing what's right."

Now, the former DHS secretary did, however push back on the nonsense that we need to scrub our Founders, noting that a lot of African Americans already understand that Jefferson and Washington were slave holders. Johnson noted he has cousins whose names are “Washington,” and they’re proud to have that name. Refreshing to hear, though the whole notion that these statues, which have been in full display of the public for decades, only represent a national security matter now is a bit ludicrous.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: antifa; blackradical; blm; confederacy; dhs; dixie; jehjohnson; obamagoon; politicalcorrectness; progressives; progressivism; purge; radical; statue
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1 posted on 08/21/2017 5:12:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Jeh Johnson was and remains a threat to national security.


2 posted on 08/21/2017 5:13:04 AM PDT by jimfree (My17 y/o granddaughter continues to have more quality exec experience than an 8 year Obama.)
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To: Kaslin

Yes. Because statues fly into buildings and blow up randomly.


3 posted on 08/21/2017 5:14:35 AM PDT by petitfour (APPEAL TO HEAVEN)
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To: Kaslin

If they believed that, they’d have done so while in charge.


4 posted on 08/21/2017 5:14:55 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Kaslin
Jeh just publicly admitted to malfeasance of office for failing to protect us when he had the power to do so!

Give him a trial and force him to return all salaries!

5 posted on 08/21/2017 5:15:53 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (TETELESTI Read em and weep Lucy! Yer times almost up.)
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To: Kaslin
You had three years to do something about it, Jeh. Why are you only speaking up now?
Sheep.
6 posted on 08/21/2017 5:17:20 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Kaslin
Mission accomplished.


7 posted on 08/21/2017 5:18:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin
“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” ― Benjamin Franklin
8 posted on 08/21/2017 5:22:34 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Those are my principles, and if you do not like them...well I have others. - Groucho Marx)
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To: Kaslin

Too bad HE never had anything to do with national security. Wait. WHAT?????


9 posted on 08/21/2017 5:25:42 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Gun buybacks are one of the most ineffectual public policies that have ever been invented")
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To: Kaslin

Statues don’t cause national security problems but lawbreakers sure do!

Would make a lot more sense to punish the lawbreakers and those who fund them.


10 posted on 08/21/2017 5:26:14 AM PDT by Nuocmam (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: Kaslin
Why didn't Jeh remove them during the Zero administration?

Even though Jeh doesn't have any hair, he needs a long wooden shampoo, and then an involuntary enrollment in the Spandau Ballet...

11 posted on 08/21/2017 5:27:59 AM PDT by kiryandil (Never pick a fight with an angry beehive)
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To: Kaslin

This is exactly the type of thinking that characterized and directed the Obama administration and will be present during any future Democratic administrations.


12 posted on 08/21/2017 5:34:43 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: Kaslin
What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the Confederate monuments, are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK

No, Jeh, it's the action of progressive, identity politics driving the removal of these statues that has turned them into rallying points.

13 posted on 08/21/2017 5:35:11 AM PDT by Hadean
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To: jimfree
Jeh Johnson's a black supremacist - he thinks the only people who's feelings matter are black. In short he's a hater.
14 posted on 08/21/2017 5:37:33 AM PDT by GOPJ (ISIS thinks Buddha Statues express hatred toward Islam.)
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To: Kaslin

Jeh, if this is such a national security concern, how many statues did you remove when you were head of Homeland Security?


15 posted on 08/21/2017 5:41:07 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: jimfree

Jeh Johnson was an incredibly inept DHS secretary. Just another affirmative action hire, elevated way beyond his capabilities, just like the doofus who nominated him.


16 posted on 08/21/2017 5:45:51 AM PDT by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: yuleeyahoo

Benjamin Franklin was absolutely correct


17 posted on 08/21/2017 5:52:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur - Politicians are not born; they are excreted. (Cicero)
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To: Kaslin

Just listening to Fox and Friends. Some MSM woman was badgering Falwell about Trump saying that there were nice people marching with the Nazis, etc.

No, Trump was careful to point out, more than once, that there were nice people protesting the removal of the statute and the name change of the park, not that there were nice people marching with the Nazis. That lying, twisting of words has made possible the storm of controversy that has gone on for almost a week.

Falwell couldn’t answer because he said he did not see the Trump news conference.


18 posted on 08/21/2017 5:53:28 AM PDT by odawg
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To: Kaslin
(from the article):"..former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says it’s a matter of national security."

Jeh is correct that statue removal is a matter of national security
After all, we must forget that States Rights exist !
it's all part of the Globalists philosophy to oppose individuality.
We must all think alike, just like the Norks.

19 posted on 08/21/2017 5:55:39 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (The Fourth Estate has become Fifth column !)
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To: Kaslin
Strange that Jeh Johnson never voiced such evil when he held office.

Jeh Johnson is crud. Scrape him off your shoes.

20 posted on 08/21/2017 5:59:59 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Democrats are suffering Soros psychosis. He hates America.)
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