An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
A new attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center charges the tea-party movement is “shot through” with radical ideas and tied with “hate groups,” “furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups” and “so-called ‘Patriot’ groups.”
The SPLC report, “Rage on the Right, The Year in Hate and Extremism,” assails Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., for “plugging” anti-government ideas and Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt for daring to promote Second Amendment gun rights.
The SPLC’s Mark Potok warns “so-called ‘Patriot’ groups – militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose ‘one-world government’ on liberty-loving Americans – came roaring back after years out of the limelight.”
I gotta tell ya, THIS guy scares me a WHOLE lot more than anyone I’ve ever met at the Tea Party rallies!
I’ve checked out the SPLC more than I’d care to admit. It’s a scary site too. When you have the word LAW in your title, wouldn’t you think that someone over there would have bothered to read the basis for our laws? Just a thought. As much as I hate to do it, in the sense of fair play, this is the link for Mr Potok’s recent rant.
The SPLC said the “radical right” “caught fire last year.”
So, folks who believe that the U.S. Constitution trumps all the horse manure flowing out of D.C. are the ‘radical right’? Got it. I guess the folks who actually sat down and WROTE that document were pretty ‘radical’ too, eh?
“The ‘tea parties’ and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups,” Potok wrote, “but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.”
Oh yeah, “rich veins of radical ideas”, kind of like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and the like. I’ll grant ya, there are some on the very fringe who keep coming up with conspiracy stuff, like Alex Jones, but then, there are loons on ALL sides. Seems to me that the troofers are more on the left, than the right? I suppose the representation from the lame stream would make it look like there were nothing but angry, white folk attending the rallies. Heaven forbid if they actually had the WHOLE picture. Just a few examples I found with a couple of keystrokes:
Oh yeah. a WHOLE lot of racists. When you consider that the ratio of white to black citizens in this country at anywhere from 13% to 17%, depending on the source, I’d say that attendees of the rallies pretty much reflects the make up of the nation.
The report cited an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll that affirmed only one-quarter of the nation thinks government can be trusted and the “anti-tax tea party movement is viewed in much more positive terms than either the Democratic or Republican parties.”
I find it utterly amazing that there are even ‘one-quarter’ who have ANY trust in the current incarnation of the federal government.
“The signs of growing radicalization are everywhere. Armed men have come to Obama speeches bearing signs suggesting that the ‘tree of liberty’ needs to be ‘watered’ with ‘the blood of tyrants,’” the SPLC report said.
The quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” is from Thomas Jefferson.
What a complete bunch of blithering idiots!
Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, told WND such accusers try to link activists with terrorists such as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, because their arguments have no substance.
And that is when we always end the discussion! With cries of “racist”, “fascist”, “nazi”. Rationality and facts never seem to faze ‘entities’ such as SPLC.
“We hope for a return to a constitutional republic free from fear and hatred. We hate only tyranny. We are Oath Sworn Americans who want the Constitution returned to its legal and rightful place, intact, as the ultimate Law of the Land,” his website said.
While, yes, I did dissolve my association with the .ning Oath Keepers website, I did NOT dissolve my desire for a return to a Constitutionally run government!
The SPLC also warned about “politicians pandering to the antigovernment right” who have introduced “Tenth Amendment Resolutions” already in 37 states. The resolutions essentially warn the federal government not to adopt unconstitutional measures.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
If I was a total conspiracy nut, reading SPLC’s pap, I might be inclined to say these people were down right UN-American!!
The report said “hate” groups have been rising for years – up 54 percent from 2000 to 2008 – and blames part of the growth on “the climb to power of an African American president.”
What a bunch of bigots! Making such an assumption, because people disagree with a person’s ideology, then it must be hatred due to his/her skin tone. My youngest granddaughter has darker skin than I do, does that mean I hate her, right or wrong? Give me a flippin’ break. I won’t dispute there are some who don’t like Obama because of his skin color. Those kind of people wouldn’t care if the man was POTUS or trash collector. Oh, sorry, sanitation engineer. Branding anyone who disagrees with the socialist agenda of the current administration, and Dem majority Congress, because Obama is HALF black, as a ‘hate group’ is insulting to anyone with half a brain.
Last year, the state of Missouri issued a report linking conservative groups to domestic terrorism and warned law enforcement to watch for vehicles with bumper stickers promoting Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin. It also warned police to watch out for individuals with “radical” ideologies based on Christian views, such as opposing illegal immigration, abortion and federal taxes.
Well, you won’t catch a Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin bumper sticker on my vehicle, but, if I put bumper stickers on it, you MIGHT see something like this:
“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists,” it said. “DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities.”
Heaven forbid a soldier, returning from war, should actually take the oath seriously, in protection of his/her fellow American citizens.