Mark Potok pours fuel of hate where there is no fire.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long made a crusade of demonizing Conservative America, has once again put in the form of a so-called investigative report their amalgamated dismissal of Conservatives as an angry mob of racists.
This is hardly a new spin on the political climate of our nation since Democrats officially assumed control of both the Legislature and the Office of the Executive. What makes this report more disturbing than the regular slew of flippant accusations from the Left is the insidious capacity of the author to present the most disingenuous aspersions cast upon the Right in a tidy, 1,200-word package entitled Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism.
NPR picked up on this “investigative report” while the metaphorical ink was still drying, hosting its author, the champion of white guilt Mark Potok, on Fresh Air recently to discuss his deceptive diatribe.
One needn’t go beyond the title to understand the full substance and intent of the article’s 1,200-plus words. For Potok (a former reporter – *gasp*), this report was just another step in a mission that long ago took him beyond the line separating perceptions from the misperceptions deemed necessary by the radical left.
In the same paragraph, Potok lumps conservative political activists (fiscal conservatives, federalists, small-government advocates, and so forth) with neo-Nazis – a correlation that can be made only when one substitute’s his integrity for a liberal ideological agenda.
Hate groups stayed at record levels — almost 1,000 — despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America. Furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80%, adding some 136 new groups during 2009. And, most remarkably of all, 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.
Potok extends only a discreet gesture of truthfulness in the form of a hyperlink. If you click on the hyperlinked text “Patriot” groups and you will eventually come to the line –
Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.
To get to the truth of the matter, Potok need only take a small step from fact to fact. No leaps required. The fringe elements we’re hearing so much about on the news – the ones spitting on politicians at rallies, breaking windows at democratic political offices, shouting racial and homophobic slurs – are NOT conservatives. They’re a radical, violent minority that stands in opposition to the very principles driving the Conservative movement – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
No – they are not Conservatives. These belligerents are opportunists. They’ve latched onto a legitimate political movement in which – because of historical divisions furthered by reports like Potok’s – many are willing to accept a perceived association between politically-active Conservatives and hate groups.
The Left is all too happy to – in this instance – to see things in black and white. Unfortunately, the genuine concerns of the majority of Conservatives are being overshadowed by this fantastically choreographed liberal deception.