The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization notorious for grouping conservative Americans categorically with racist hate groups, released a report earlier this week claiming that “conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups on the American radical right reached an all-time high in 2012” and pose a major threat to the Nation.
From the SPLC report:
Capping four years of explosive growth sparked by the election of America’s first black president and anger over the economy, the number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “Patriot” groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012, while the number of hard-core hate groups remained above 1,000. As President Obama enters his second term with an agenda of gun control and immigration reform, the rage on the right is likely to intensify.
The furious reaction to the Obama administration’s gun control proposals is reminiscent of the anger that greeted the passage of the 1993 Brady Bill and the 1994 ban on assault weapons supported by another relatively liberal Democrat — Bill Clinton. The passage of those bills, along with what was seen by the right as the federal government’s violent suppression of political dissidents at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the early 1990s, led to the first wave of the Patriot movement that burst into public consciousness with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The number of Patriot groups in that era peaked in 1996 at 858, more than 500 groups fewer than the number active in 2012.
The organization — which tends to label anyone with whom it disagrees as an advocate of hate — relates the growing power of the conservative movement not to changing political tides, but to a proliferation of white hatred fueled by the Nation’s election of a black President in 2008.
In its latest report, SPLC lists the following people alongside hate organizations such as the KKK and neo-Nazi groups:
- Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
- Representative Trey Radel (R-Fla.)
- State lawmakers in Arizona, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee who proposed laws that sought to prevent Federal gun control from applying to their States.
- Sheriff Richard Mack
- FOX News Radio host Todd Starnes
- ConservativeDaily.com’s Tony Adkins
- Chuck Baldwin, a Montana-based Patriot leader long associated with the Constitution Party
- The Oath Keepers
Richard Cohen, the organization’s President, also penned a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the government to act against “radical anti-government groups.”
Read the letter below:
The bottom line, it seems, is that if you have political views different than those of SPLC, you may be a hate-filled potential terrorist.