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Southern Poverty Law Center Tries To ‘Alinsky’ The Tea Party Movement

Posted on March 3 2010 7:30 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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Using tactics straight out Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a scathing report attempting to isolate and ridicule the Tea Party movement. Filled with leftist talking points and blanket statements, the SPLC report, “Rage On The Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism,” asserts Tea Party alignment to “Timothy McVeigh and Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph,” “hate groups,” “furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups,”and  “so-called ‘Patriot’ groups.” In the eyes of the SPLC, the average American citizen is

“shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.”

The report identifies “Tenth Amendment Resolutions based on the constitutional provision” as signs of growing radicalization. Wow. It’s now radical to uphold the Constitution. Ironically America’s Founding Fathers were radicals in their day when they wrote the Constitution.

As it echoes themes from the Department of Homeland Security report last year on right-wing extremism the report provides no background support for its accusations and fails to acknowledge the wide variety of left wing extremism. Clearly its author Mark Potok missed the recent news about violent left wing extremists  Joseph Stack and Amy Bishop. I think it’s about time to ‘Alinsky’ the Alinskyites.

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