Thursday, April 22, 2010

SPLC: "Meet the 'Patriots"

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which claims to be a "civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society", just published a hit piece on numerous Americans.  Among those listed were Judge Napolitano, Michele Bachman, Ron Paul,  Glenn Beck, and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party.  In the piece they list numerous members or founders of state militias and many off-base NWO wackjobs, a few media members and at least 2 standing politicians.

Besides the obvious question of what do any of these people have to do with "civil rights" or "hate and bigotry", one wonders exactly what point the SPLC is trying to make?  Is it that strong constitutionalists like Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano's beliefs are detrimental to civil rights? ...does an original intent interpretation of the constitution lead to hate and bigotry?  Not likely.

In their 'Patriot' Movement timeline they list April 19th's Second Amendment March with this annotation:
April 19, 2010: Antigovernment Patriot groups, including the Oath Keepers, plan to play prominent roles at a Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C. The website promoting the march is topped by a picture of a colonial militiaman, and key supporters include Larry Pratt, a long-time militia enthusiast, and Richard Mack, a former sheriff and militia hero.
Someone tell me what exactly is the matter with groups like the Oath Keepers which stress that law enforcement should abide by their oath (hence the name) to strive to uphold the constitution rather than follow orders.  If officers upheld their oaths first and followed orders second, many people (of all races and socio-economic statuses) wouldn't have been disarmed during Katrina.

Is that a bad thing to want to protect the rights of ordinary citizens as much as the elite? If so then I must be one of those Right Wing Extremists.

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