The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) started as a civil rights organization with good intentions, fighting racists such as the KKK. However in recent decades it has gone crazy, leveling accusations of racism unjustly, branding as “bigoted” many groups and individuals whose only crime lies in their refusal to embrace the SPLC’s left-wing agenda. (The group is so radical that they receive grants from the progressive puppet master himself George Soros)
For example, during the summer of discontent when Americans were showing up at town hall meetings to protest the Obamacare bill, Mark Potok, spokesman and director of publications and information for the SPLC, appeared in an ABC News story about how racist, white militias are somehow connected to town hall protests. Potok shared his belief that the election of Obama has “triggered fears among fairly large numbers of white people in this country that they are somehow losing their country.”
Last March the SPLC created a report called “Rage on the Right” which attacks Tea Parties, CPAC, Glenn Beck, Rep. Michelle Bachman and others as part of “dangerous, right wing groups rich with veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.” The report was filled with misstatements and exaggerations that give the reader a feeling the SPLC never really explored what they reported about but simply watched commentaries on the subjects given by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.
Here’s one of the quotes from “Rage on the Right”
We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,” Chip Berlet, a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this year. “We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety. They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including health care, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage.
Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just a quarter think the 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, the poll found.
It was the founders of this country that said that government is not to be trusted, that power is in the people, not in the government. Yes the people are frustrated and angry, does that make them a raging hate group? What did that make the Anti-Bush MoveOn movement?
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 Tree of liberty sign was a call to return to the constitutional vision of our founders. The full quote is
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is natural manure.
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.
This year’s SPLC report on “hatred” is just as acerbically biased as last:
But despite those historic Republican gains, the early signs suggest that even as the more mainstream political right strengthens, the radical right has remained highly energized. In an 11-day period this January, a neo-Nazi was arrested headed for the Arizona border with a dozen homemade grenades; a terrorist bomb attack on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., was averted after police dismantled a sophisticated anti-personnel weapon; and a man who officials said had a long history of antigovernment activities was arrested outside a packed mosque in Dearborn, Mich., and charged with possessing explosives with unlawful intent. That’s in addition, the same month, to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, an attack that left six dead and may have had a political dimension.
The SPLC ignored its own report at the time, saying the Neo-Nazi had ties to the “National Socialist Movement.” Gee I could be wrong but every time I did the research socialists were leftists. As for the MLK bomb no arrests have been made, but TPM reported that the bomb mirrored the type used by Palestinian Terrorists.
The theory is that someone hit with a piece of shrapnel covered in an anti-coagulant is more likely to bleed to death. Israeli officials have claimed in the past that Palestinian terrorists were using rat poison to make their bombs more deadly.
There has been no evidence whatsoever that this bomb had anything to do with people on the Right.