By Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
The Southern Poverty Law Center has always claimed to be nothing more than a private “watch group” with no hard political affiliations or government ties. This rhetoric, of course, does not match their behavior, as they are consistently caught with their pants down, producing “extremist and terrorist profiling” documents for the Department of Homeland Security and fusion centers across the country, and even training classes for law enforcement. These documents include such embarrassing exposures as the MIAC Report and the Virginia Fusion Center Report, which lump Ron Paul supporters and Constitutional organizations in with racist hate groups.
The SPLC has been and always will be a propaganda mouthpiece for government, regardless of whether or not the government is criminal or corrupt. The SPLC is not concerned with legitimate threats to the U.S. economic infrastructure, or degradations of civil liberties. I have personally made open challenges to the SPLC on numerous occasions to debate the reality of economic collapse as an immediate concern for the American public. They have, of course, cowered from such a debate, continuing to refer to financial collapse as a “conspiracy theory” despite all evidence to the contrary.
Their job would seem to be a simple one – demonize anyone who attempts to achieve anything outside of the establishment system.
While their antics were for a time promoted widely within the mainstream media, like the MSM they have indeed grown tired, marginalized, and ineffective. One need only examine their most recent hit piece, an article attacking Oath Keepers yet again as a “radicalized” organization that no one should pay attention to (even though the SPLC constantly does):
They start off with the most basic of Alinsky tactics, which is to demean the target as “comical” or “fringe”. Of course, if Oath Keepers was “comical and fringe”, surely this would be immediately evident to most people, and the need for the SPLC to publish a long train of political hit pieces would be unnecessary. In reality, Oath Keepers continues to expand by leaps and bounds as a highly effective Constitutional organization, with 30,000 members (and growing) that include many active duty police and military.
I’m curious what excuse the SPLC would give as to why Oath Keepers is so popular despite all the negative press they have been helping to create the past several years? Could it be that perhaps Oath Keepers is an honorable pursuit of transparent and Constitutional government, generating excitement amongst concerned citizens? And if so, does the SPLC have a PROBLEM with transparent and Constitutional government, or people getting excited about it?
The SPLC attempts to support its case of “radicalization” by pointing out that Oath Keepers was heavily involved in the recent fight to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, a fight which we won (at least, until the next time). My question now would be, is the SPLC suggesting that people who protest in favor of the 2nd Amendment are now dangerous “radicals”? If so, then they have just accused around half the population of this country of radicalism:
They then attack the Oath Keepers “Civilization Preservation” plan as “radical” directly. Is the idea of community preparedness a dangerous idea to the SPLC? Yes, if that community preparedness is organized outside the control of FEMA and the federal government. Hilariously, the SPLC suggests that FEMA is already fulfilling the role of emergency response adequately:
“What seems lost on the Oath Keepers, however, is that all of this preparation is already in place. It’s called the Federal Emergency Management Agency…”
What seems lost on the SPLC, somehow, is FEMA’s horrifyingly incompetent record in actually aiding anyone during a regional emergency. Does the SPLC need to be reminded of the absolute failures of Katrina or Hurricane Sandy?
All of this while states have to hire consultants at $180 an hour just to navigate FEMA’s bureaucratic maze of paperwork:
This is the institution that the SPLC expects us to turn to in the advent of a crisis? Are they stupid, crazy, or bought and paid for? You decide.
Whether you believe our government to be foolhardy or deliberately destructive, the FACT remains that they cannot be relied upon. So, what is the alternative? Where do average Americans turn for aid in a moment of disaster? What Oath Keepers suggests is that they turn to THEMSELVES for aid, by preparing their communities in advance. The Civilization Preservation Teams that are being rallied today are designed to train anyone, anywhere in the U.S., on how to respond in the face of a crisis scenario and defend their own town, city, or county from harm without the “help” of a bumbling nanny state. As they say, if you want something done right, do it yourself.
Why this perfectly rational concept has the SPLC so up in arms is beyond me, except that it operates outside government structure, and thus, makes portions of government obsolete. An honest government would admit when it is no longer needed, and step aside. A tyrannical government forces itself upon the people, especially when it is not needed. It is my belief that the SPLC has aligned itself with the uglier side of government, selling out as a sewage spout for proponents of centralization. Why else would they feel the need to hiss and claw at an idea that only serves to make our nation safer and more adaptable?
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