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Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 16:28 EDT
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CHICAGO – Membership in anti-government extremist groups continues to explode in the United States amid frustration over the lagging economy and the “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories,” a study released Wednesday found.

After nearly tripling in 2009 in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, anti-government ‘patriot’ groups and militias grew another 61 percent in 2010 to 824, the report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

Meanwhile, the number of active hate groups rose 7.5 percent to top 1,000 for the first time since the civil rights group first began tracking them in the early 1980s.

Combined with modest growth among anti-immigrant “nativist extremists,” the number of radical right extremist groups rose 22 percent in 2010 to 2,145 after jumping 40 percent in 2009.

“For many on the radical right, anger is focusing on President (Barack) Obama, who is seen as embodying everything that’s wrong with the country,” the report concluded.

“What may be most remarkable is that this growth of right-wing extremism came even as politicians around the country, blown by gusts from the Tea Parties and other conservative formations, tacked hard to the right, co-opting many of the issues important to extremists.”

The report citing a number of cases in which conservative Republicans — who made major gains in November’s mid-term elections — are pursuing legislation which “could help deflate some of the even more extreme political forces.”

Arizona passed a stringent law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, giving police broad powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the state illegally.

Oklahoma voters passed a measure prohibiting judges from considering Islamic law, prompting lawmakers to pass similar rules in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

There have also been calls to change the 14th amendment to the US Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born on US soil.

Legislators across various US states meanwhile, are trying to coordinate efforts in a bid to deny birth certificates to the children of unauthorized immigrants.

They are also seeking to deny the children of illegal immigrants benefits such as Medicaid that are guaranteed to US citizens.

Meanwhile, a Virginia legislator proposed a law to create an alternative currency in the event of the “destruction” of the dollar and a Montana legislator wants to require federal agents to get permission from local sheriffs to act in their counties.

“It’s hard to predict where this volatile situation will lead,” the report said.

“What seems certain is that President Obama will continue to serve as a lightning rod for many on the political right, a man who represents both the federal government and the fact that the racial make-up of the United States is changing, something that upsets a significant number of white Americans.

And that suggests that the polarized politics of this country could get worse before they get better.”

The threat of violence is quite real, the report noted.

In an 11-day period in January, a neo-Nazi was arrested headed for the Arizona border with a dozen homemade grenades, police averted an attack on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington after discovering a bomb in a backpack, and a man with a long history of anti-government activities was arrested outside a packed mosque in Michigan and charged with possessing explosives with unlawful intent.

Meanwhile, the call for more civility in political discourse in the wake of the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in an attack that left six dead seems to have had little impact.

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  • Anonymous

    Whats missing here are the corporations screwing the tax payers…..Society has its priorities all screwed up , its really about the big billionaires battling the taxpayers…And the media has it all wrong, all wrong…The tax paying citizens are getting screwed by the elitist in Washington and wall street, and the citizens are left with shit. when is government going to look after the common people when the elitist have destroyed our country?..That why the shit is going to hit the fan soon, real soon. I’ll pray for the little guy because we are millions strong!!

  • Spire

    AMEN!
    But also, the left must always remember that the really violent movements have the blessings of DHS et al, and probably funded by them. Agent provocoteur and false flag events are daily occurences in our new and improved snitch-security society. What should the right remember? The same, at least those with any brains left.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EJCHJ2LWM3MGYUGHWB7ALWHE6M Kitty Antonik Wakfer

    The tying of those within the US who nonviolently disagree with/disapprove of the US government to “extremist groups” is a purposeful manipulation of ideas of those within and/or supporting government.

    First, that not agreeing with the US government is “extreme”, and, secondly, that “extreme” is necessarily BAD. This is how governments operate to continue the idea in the minds of those who live within its self-decreed borders, that it is necessary for societal order.

    The nature of human beings does not automatically lead to the conclusion that individuals must be ruled by others in order that there be orderly interactions between them. Society, just like any other natural system can be naturally self-regulating by means of interactions between its members, if only humans seek to discover and are allowed to implement the methods by which such self-regulation can be effective, rather than continuing to embrace social systems that need to be constantly held in an unnatural (and very unoptimal) state of balance by the operations of their rulers and other influencers. Individual self-order without rule by others is the social system whose members are fully adult (particularly meaning self-responsible) humans. Just as people can become physical adults, so can they become psychological and social adults – if only they are allowed (and even required in the sense that they will not achieve their desires unless they do) to socially mature sufficiently.
    The basis and methodology: “Social Meta-Needs: A New Basis for Optimal Interaction” – http://selfsip.org/fundamentals/socialmetaneeds.html

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Once again, media tells me that anyone against the government must be an extremist.
    Corporations own both of the political parties, who work mostly for them. If you don’t like it you are an “exremist” What rubbish!

  • cannotvote

    It seems that governments forget what their purpose is – to manage a country. If the Peoples of that Country lose faith in their government, they retain the right to remove it. If that government refuses to do the bidding of the Peoples then the government has a problem, and should simply step down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JETED5IFXLBHDCPATGS3JUS5HU Dip Stick

    The founding fathers were extremists and terrorists, until they won their freedom from tyranny. Then they became generals and presidents of this once great country. Now we have the corporatist and lobbyist running everything, and seeking anyway possible to screw this little guy every chance they get. This shit must and will end whether they like it or not. It’s inevitable.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Declaration of Independence

  • Anonymous

    Well when you live in a Facist Country what do you expect.
    People are starting to figure it out. Slowly
    Dam I wish it would go quicker I need a job

  • Anonymous

    Yet it’s the Quakers, and peace-nicks that get the guff, spied on, infiltrated etc.

  • Anonymous

    Is the SPLC counting themselves in the hate group category?

  • Anonymous

    The Southern Poverty Law Center even consider We Are Change as a “hate group” so it appears to me that the SPLC are the extremists. Screw you SPLC!

  • Anonymous

    From past experience I knew that any story based on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center was going to be trashed here unmercifully by the usual suspects! And I wasn’t disappointed.

    There is a lot of misinformation out about the “charitable” status as it is defined by the IRs and as it relates to 501(c)(3) status. This “charitable” status in this case should not be confused with charity. And the non-profit status should not be confused with no financial resources or broke or close to broke. Or some mistaken belief that the designated “charitable” agency has to have no money at the end of the year; in other words, they have to dispense all funds they collect.

    In the first place all SPLC money comes from donations; they get no government financing. This fact alone should warm the hearts of all libertarians, Ron and Rand Paul supporters, and no government funding for anything crowd, who repeatedly insist that such operations are the preferred method of operation. Indeed the SPLC operates so frugally that they have amassed an endowment much like a college or university, which ensures that their work will continue for years.

    Second it is imperative that people here and elsewhere understand that the term “charitable” for IRA purposes means and refers to numerous things but the ones that are the most important and relevant for the SPLC are that it “is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes…advancement of education or science;…eliminating prejudice and discrimination; [and] defending human and civil rights secured by law.”

    The IRS does not require that the organization zero out its books every year in spending its income doing this work, which whether you agree or not with the methods or the results of the SPLCs work, it is clear that they are ostensibly and in the minds of many fighting hate and prejudice. Further, not only on their website but in many other ways they educate people about prejudice and hate.

    Not only do they perform an educative function, but they do all this work while making sure that no one within the organization is dipping into those funds for what the IRS calls their personal “inurement” That is according to the IRS: “none of [an organization's] earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.”

    As far as I know from all I have read about this group and their leadership, including their wise stewardship of their donations, they seem to be adhering to the letter and spirit of the law, much more conscientiously, I might add, than many religious denominations, who frequently work under the same legal status, but pass out voting material that recommends who is best suited for the job, and other flaky and underhanded attempts to skirt, if not completely circumnavigate the law.

    Having said all that, I have no problem with people who don’t agree with the work this group does, that’s fine you don’t have to donate to them, and I realize that there are many reasons for hating a group that keeps tabs on the various “hate groups” or what they call “hate groups” in the United States. It is widely known that this is for all intents and purposes a Jewish organization, and their main interest is in keeping track of fascist hate groups based on the Jews experience in Germany and Europe since about the 1300s or even earlier.

    The point is, if you don’t like this group because it is run by Jews go ahead and say so. It’s a free country, you can be an antisemite here if you want to be. Don’t be ashamed; as Jimi Hendrix said, “let your freak flag fly!”

    Exempt purposes defined:

    http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=175418,00.html

    IRS Exemption Requirements:

    http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html

  • Anonymous

    Wow, you know overthrowing the US gov’t to put in its place an openly eugenic dictatorship is not exactly what I and I’m sure others had in mind. These right-wingers are bent on replacing the corporatocracy with a Nazi-style dictatorship, complete with racist agenda and militarism…

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who who questions the government line is considered extremist and dangerous. It’s ok to be a Fox sheep or an Obama sheep and be divided against one another in a false paradigm of Left vs Right, but don’t even consider discussing ownership of the Federal Reserve or the Media or the version of the truth you are supposed to believe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5XKDORJ6HIVIZ6V5OTK76KTEY Immortal

    America no longer seems to believe in reasonable “cause and effect”. Everything is the fault of someone’s skin color or the exigencies of their birth. People who “do” things, evil or otherwise, are no longer ever at fault. Everything is the fault of someone’s “choice” to be born a minority, an immigrant, or poor. Apparently it is time for “less bread and more circuses”! Fix something? What for? It’s much better to just harangue and issue ever more senseless orders!

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    It worked for Hitler. Why shouldn’t it work for Huckleberry?

  • Anonymous

    what did you think would happen when the government do not support the people and the people watched them give their tax $$$$ to others… this is not one sided… both parties are in this…lobbyists giving them all the money
    to vote the corparate way… hell lets throw in the jews too

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who disagrees with Government policies is called an extremist now. Disagreeing will be banned soon. I think unlimited spending, calls to censor free speech, keeping the borders wide open is extreme, preemptive attacks on other counties and having over 800 bases spead out all over the world is extreme

  • K7KTR

    Wow, what a disservice of labeling of the American People. I said 3 Weeks ago when Egypt’s Youth finally used it’s ball’s for things other then fornicating. (I mean that in a good way, I have nothing against them) But I was telling my friends that SOON you will see this on the Streets of America. We are not Anti-Government. In fact as long as Our Government leaves our U.S. Constitution ALONE we have no problem. But… Obama comes out with the legalization of killing a US Citizen, pre-detention, pre-thought crimes bill which passes, Real ID, Strengthening the Patriot Act. Then wants a Internet ID, Internet Kill Switch. Now… The Game Plan has changed. They have whittled at our 2nd amendment rights and it seems that Clinton is speaking out the sides of her mouth. This is NOT AMERICA. If the Soldiers are in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting 2 Wars over LIES that are supposed to be for OUR FREEDOM… THEY NEED TO COME HOME. It seems the FIGHT is HERE.

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight…. In Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya they’re called anti-government “protestors”. But in the U.S. they’re called anti-government “extremists groups”….

    The manipulation of people’s minds never ceases………………….

  • Anonymous

    I am a progressive who is at least a thousand percent disappointed with corporatist Obama, but may voter for him again solely because his mere complexion riles America’s bigots and haters so much that they crawl out from under their rocks and reveal themselves in the light.

    America has become such an amusing menagerie of twisted and inadequate almost-humans. Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.

  • Anonymous

    Here in Wichita we have members of terrorist groups running for the city council. How can they be extremist when they have become mainstream in the Republican party?

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    It’s not just extremists who are anti-government these days; it’s progressives and libertarians, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAaWvVFERVA&feature=player_embedded

  • BuzzCoastin

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • Anonymous

    What’s this? AF-P expressing their editorial opinion on American democracy? France is having-mega problems with integrating their immigrants and they’d do well to reflect on their own problems instead of clumping such “anti-government” concerns here with “extremists”, neo-Nazis etc.

    Clue for AFP…

    “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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    While France has no such tradition in their history, we were built on it and, unlike them, we made government replacement work. We did it once, we can do it again. Our present concern is not allowing the office of our president to become one of Napoleonic power.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Hence never ending criminal Republican wars.

  • DriveBy

    “Anti-government” always rise under Presidents from the Democratic Party. That’s the nature of the beast. That’s what Hate Radio, Fox News and the pro-war, pro-corporations, anti-people, corporate-owned “liberal”media are there to ensure.

  • http://thetinfoilhatsociety.com/ Susan

    You think? With the increasingly obvious declining standard of living we are experiencing in the US, the resentment and powerlessness the average poorly educated person feels has to have an outlet somewhere. Like this is a surprise? It’s the same socioeconomic pressures that entice young men to extremism in the ME, Afganistan, and Pakistan.

  • Anonymous

    America at present is in a state of civil war. A war of ideas, a war of ideology. There are Communists masquerading as Progressives holding high office and threatening our reservoir of freedom.In the Communist world there is no place for the spirit of man, no place for his soul, no place for his conscience, and no place for the utterances of dissident views. Under this authority conformity becomes tantamount to law and if you do not conform to their agenda they attempt to ostracize you with blasphemies of their choosing. They’ll call you a racist,they’ll call you a nutjob , and they’ll call you an extremist, but in truth the only extremist are they themselves. It is the policies of President Obama and the Progressives that have sparked this revolution, and now the Socialist French are offering their moral support, a sure sign that our struggle is real and has spread beyond the individual and into other nations. So long as freedoms are still in place we, as Americans, have a solemn duty to use the freedom guaranteed by our Constitution to its limits to defeat this enemy. Fellow citizens, by our courage others will rally to our cause. It’ll take alot of spirit, alot of hard work,and much creativity; by the use of these strengths we will prevail.

  • Anonymous

    Are these paranoid really scared of a black man, whose obvious intentions are benevolent and wishes no harm to anyone, not even the Republicans who hates blacks and especially, this one. Of course, they think his family was really the ones who brought down Al Capone, then they took over Chicago, benefiting from the merger with the Rahm Emanuel family, which cause a the petty criminal party known only as a Group Only Party, well known faction, famous for “speak easy clubs” members include, pedophiles, liars and friars, Reagan worshipers, (some swear God came down, Angels not worthy to anoint a halo behind the picture of the gippers head, then proceeded to tattoo his forehead that stated “TEAR DOWN THIS UNION”, which some were correct when they surmised it was the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA, often called the Union, others, considered having smaller than average craniums, with brains that t were a comparison which resembled a “B B” in a Box Car. Well, maybe these scared ones think like a school of fish, sardines maybe, strenght in numbers, a real sense of false security, kinda like what the Republicans are and have been selling all along to the obtuse.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t claim they are ‘hate group’ so why are you spreading lies? If anyone hates the splc, it’s reich-wingers. Splc claims they are an anti -government group, and some of the anti-government people are very wrong…

    splc does, however cite the nation of islam in AZ as being on their ‘hate map’:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=AZ

    they also seem to call We Are Change moderates, although they don’t like this one guy:
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/free-radical

  • Anonymous

    The only socialism Obama seems to be in favor of is the corporate variety.

    Your sense that things are going to hell is accurate, but I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong bogeyman. Our powerlessness stems from the fact that multinational corporations have bought our political system, and their propaganda machine has deluded you into thinking that the real problem is that Obama’s evil army of communist progressives is coming for your guns.

    It is corporations, not unions or progressives or communists or illegal immigrants or any other Fox News bogeymen-of-the-month, who have shipped the jobs away and stolen trillions from the public coffers. Unfortunately, Obama seems to be just like the rest of the bastards in the halls of power: he represents corporate interests, not yours or mine. However, he at least seems to feel guilty about it sometimes; the tea party politicians are totally unabashed in serving their corporate masters.

  • Anonymous

    ok, but this article is not about all those who disagree with the government… and ‘self-regulation’ is what we had before social security and child labor laws – it doesn’t work out well… maybe a few thousand years from now. I still believe in the old-fashioned, government ‘by and for the people’

  • ThatBostonMan

    One step away from being a terrorist. Thats what the extremist is.

  • Anonymous

    from their website:

    Bruhwiler also appears to be a participant in so-called redemption practices, which are rife in the world of sovereign citizens. Proponents of this bizarre ideology argue that when the U.S. quit the gold standard in 1933, it pledged its citizens as collateral so it could borrow money based on their future earnings. Then, the theory goes, the government funded a secret “Treasury Direct Account” for each individual that it stocks with millions of dollars. Redemptionists have come up with a series of bizarre maneuvers that are meant to liberate this money from the government and have it paid to them personally.

  • spike91nz

    Scratch the surface and you’ll find racism to be the impetus for such a jump.

  • Anonymous

    If you must insist on defending the President and his Communist allies please do so without hiding behind the Bilderberg Group conspiracy 1)Union membership is the equivalent of being an institutionalized Democrat. 2)All Progressives are Communists.3)The only reason anybody would argue against #1 or #2 would be if they somehow resemble those remarks.And why is it that you libtards have to bring FoxNews into everything? Oh thats right, FoxNews is Rupert Murdoch’s communication network for his army of evil Fascists.( Are you aware that our friend Rupert has been a Bilderberg attendee on 2 separate occasions?)

  • Anonymous

    Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US…

    Yeah, they’re called Republicans and Teabaggers.

  • Anonymous

    So they see the true nature of the Repo-licker party.
    It is about time.

  • Anonymous

    The splc is an NWO front that can take an 80 year old grandmother and link her to terrorism and a hate group. Potok is the most disgusting humanoid I have ever seen

  • Greg Wolf

    Our government has used fear to justify abuse of our constitutional rights. So what do they expect. It’s hard to trust a government that lies to it;s people over an over again.

  • 7rob7

    Combating hatred is the same thing as world dominance? ¿Cómo?

    You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • 7rob7

    WAC has advocated violence: SPLC has not.

    You do the math.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone with a copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is now considered an extremist. This article has no merit.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree. Republicans and Teabaggers are extremist pro-authoritarian government agents. Please do not mix teabaggers with the original tea party of Ron Paul as the former is for a corporate owned government, of, by and for big money oligarchs.

  • Greg Wolf

    I wonder if the government spying on it’s people has something to do with it.
    Garbage Collectors Team Up With Cops To Fight Crime
    http://www.wftv.com/news/26964637/detail.html

  • Anonymous

    Hi I’m the rich guy. I fucked up your country and at the same time my media makes it look like you fucked it up. Ronald said Goverment was the problem while he was kissing my ass, that man knows mulitasking I tell you.

    Well my useful idiots the right wingers I love you and please don’t call me. Just keep kissing my ass. Love that multitasking.

  • Anonymous

    These morans just do not want to see who is really fucking everything up.

    They blame immigrants, unions, gay people, and all of the other boogey-men that the Ruling Elite conjures up for them.

    We on the left are pretty pissed too. But at least we know who the real bad guys are.

  • Wyrdless

    “”"Meanwhile, a Virginia legislator proposed a law to create an alternative currency in the event of the “destruction” of the dollar “”

    Those hate filled extremists will doom us all

  • Anonymous

    Oh here we go, anyone who don’t like what the government is doing is now an “extremist”.

  • Guest

    This country could use more people like you.

  • Guest

    “You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UQ4RKOUKFBVPSUJR3RYK7WMMLE Joe

    Let’s hope so it’s about time is it not?

  • Anonymous

    You had to get that from the French press. No American mainstream media will report that. They are part of the hate groups.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    “Society, just like any other natural system can be naturally self-regulating by means of interactions between its members,”

    In nature, the interactions between members of a group are regulated by the strongest beating the shit out of everyone else for as many years as they can, until some younger, stronger, faster male takes the crown by beating up the current leader. And at that, only the leader gets to mate (lest any attempts by lessor males be met with brutality).

    The only way you can get “psychological adults” in humanity is through education and equality. Pretending we don’t need rules because everyone will just get along and figure it out, that’s how the Wild West was run. From the rampant abuse and exploitation, we got the rule of law as the ordering of society (something that existed in every other sane civilization up to that point).

    There is no reason to devolve to the State of Nature again; we have more insight than that. As long as you let the few own the planet’s resources and force the rest of us to be slaves, you’re going to need law and regulation and an ever watchful public to ensure there are no rampant abuses foisted on the non-owners.

  • Anonymous

    I need to correct my comment. SPLC has linked WAC to “patr4iot groups” and dealing in ,many, many “conspiracies theories” but not necessarily violence.

    When and where has We Are Change even advocated violence as a group. It do0esn’t count if one individual called for violence.

    As I said, screw you SPLC. Just another typical kiss-ass group for the status quo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BK7NY645RIYME4QVG6C5RMA7A Antonio

    Anyone who agrees with our government is extreme, in my view. You would have to be pretty evil to be okay with the horrible things they are doing here and abroad. ALL OF IT!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Vague insults wrapping up blatant insults, the iconic “libtards” canard, defending Fascism, and presenting impossible to defend against affirmations (rooted in broken logic and absurd fallacy).. Cute. and behind a little pink bunny; attempting to disarm people by using gentle/docile creatures (more lies to hide the inherent vulgarity of what you’re stating).

    If you think Progressives are Communists, you’ve already framed the entire (and all future) debate, making it impossible to discuss any given idea. You’re jerking on emotional arguments to avoid rational ones.

    Also interesting that you’re new to Raw.. another new troll ™ at Raw.. I wonder, are you a software driven multi-persona? or a genuine idiot seeking to infect more people with your rancid world view? Any attempt at denying either means both are likely true (see how stupid that is, to assert false conclusions on limited and non-encompassing premises?.. it’s called “faulty logic”, and is a staple of right-wing [non] thinking)

  • Anonymous

    It really is sad to see reputable organizations like Raw Story mocking bird pathetic government sponsored attacked groups like the SPLC.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    The Original Tea Party was about making sure tax payers had representation in government. Virtually all of those involved in the Original Tea Party supported “government” as well as “regulations on corporations” and “keeping moneyed interests on the fringe of influence” (as opposed to being the only ones with a voice that could be heard).

    Paul was against campaign finance reform, he thinks corporations (moneyed interests) should be allowed to spend till their heart’s content in our elections.. he supports removing all restrictions on profit-mongering and letting the people get abused (suggesting their recourse be to sue; like any average citizen can afford a lawsuit against a mega-corp). Paul’s teabagger revival is a slap in the face to the Founding Fathers and all of those that held the Original Tea Party. Paul wants to undo the principles those Patriots laid down.

    I like Paul’s anti-war, pro-liberty [for humans] policies, but he’s dangerously off base on his economic beliefs. He wants to give corporations complete control by pulling government out of everything they do, and that’s been well established through history to cost a lot of lives, cause a massive amount of suffering, and benefits the same people trying to lock in the Fascism that’s emerging. Paul [correctly] wants to keep Koch from writing the laws, but he misguidedly wants to let Koch do anything he desires and figures “the little people can just choose to ignore him”.

  • realnewz

    The “mainstreaming of conspiracy theories” ! LOL
    I was wondering what was up with that.
    You want to know who is the biggiest anti government extremist group?
    The wealthy top 2% & corps who run this govt!

  • realnewz

    This has been going on since the Bush era.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the source was the Southern Poverty Law Center my Bull Shit detector went off the chart.
    At one time I was a follower of this so called civil rights group, but over the years I found that the SPLC’s primary interest is creating wedge issues to use for further fund raising.

    There are and will always be (I hope) voices of dissent in this country, and that is good. When we become a nation of Stepford Wives (and we are close to that point) our country as a democracy will cease to exist.

    Dissenting voices were once used to create debate, debate created compromise, compromise created solutions.
    Now with the demonizing of dissent, we are losing the ability to debate, compromise, and as a result there are now no solutions.
    The loop continues….
    Without the voices of dissent in the 60′s and 70′s we would still be fighting in Southeast Asia.

  • Anonymous

    They’re all christian patriots who want to kill people in another civil war. And not one of them can spell “hypocrisy.”

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Anti-government sentiment does not necessarily = violence. This anti-patriotism crap started with Bush. Let’s squash it. If I cannot be pissed at my government we are doomed in the USA.

  • Anonymous
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q4EIBAQ7U5R4JBABYN4Z763AQY Jack

    How many minutes go by on any US corporate TV channel during peak hours before it makes a reference or visual to violent shooting death, death by unknown assailant etc. etc., over and over every day imprinting toxic crap onto the American brain? Go step in front of a fast moving freight train at the last second and see if the train instantly stops. But it can’t because of it’s size and momentum. So why should the author’s end comment of this article even question why an entire US corporate culture bred on death and gun violence as the end all way of dispute resolution expect it to suddenly end with the shooting of a politician? Why don’t you go after your owners that make up 5% of the population? The multi-national bankers, the corporate heads, the military industrial complex, the billionaires that control the 7 corporations that own the US mass media and brainwash their garbage and toxic waste onto the American people. This is a complex issue however, I’m giving you a place you can start.

  • http://twitter.com/hyperyoda Zachary Uram

    Stupid Obama.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/L5PHKRPFHK3LLTRDNVH2ZBIWOA Cal

    If you disagree with the ‘government’, you are a ‘terrorist’. There must be a lot of ‘terrorists’ in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of the middle east…. Apparently, they didn’t care if their leaders thoughts they were malcontents and terrorists.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    “It is the policies of President Obama and the Progressives that have sparked this revolution,” Please feel free to extract head from ass. It is the take over of our government and our lives by Corporate America that is sparking this reaction among the citizenry. People have simply had enough.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t being anti-government automatically make you an “extremist” these days? (the current one, not the whole institution)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYINVTYCHV2EYAU46UTLQ6YCNU Daniel

    That’s good, put all our anger at the citizens on the left and the citizens on the right. Forget entirely about the multi-national corporations destroying this country with outsorced labor, forget that police are stripping us of all of our liberties in the name of what they call ‘safety’, forget that our gov’t is run but ego-maniachal and narcisstic men and women who care for nothing but lobbyist dollars and bankers’ influence, forget that our prisons and jails are at triple and quadruple their limits due to our aggressive prosecution of non-violent offenders to feed the coffers of prison guards unions and police blocks. We know where to start fixing this country and its not the citizens, its those in power with the wealth and entitlement to believe they can mold our country as they wish.

  • Anonymous

    Nice bunny!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGZKRGELAMLF7JDNU726XFI6OQ Anonymous

    From past experience I know the co-founder of SPLC quit and came out of the closet about the SPLC being a total scam of an organization designed for maximum profit. More hate groups mean more money for SPLC. This is a fact and their very low rankings in the charity tracking organizations prove that well. The $300,000 salary maggots who work in their gleaming luxury tower, while pretending to be a charity organization, are among the filthiest maggots there are in modern society. Look this stuff up on Google because its all clear as day.

    Reminds me of Mike Huckabee… a so-called “Christian pastor” who lives the high-luxury power trip life. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.

  • Anonymous

    Does this nation actually have a “society” by definition?

  • Anonymous

    Just because you don’t fall in line and buy everything vomited out of the corporate bought governments mouth doesn’t make you a terrorist, it makes you an individual.

  • Anonymous

    Just because you don’t fall in line and buy everything vomited out of the corporate bought governments mouth doesn’t make you a terrorist, it makes you an individual.

  • Anonymous

    I like this first part of the Declaration of Independence especially the tension, which I have always found more than a little problematic but which many people slough off, between the “unalienable rights” part and the Governments who derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The question arises can the people “consent” to a willing forgoing of their “unalienable rights” if they so desire, or can they take those rights away from parts of the population or deny them to others in the polity.

    It is this tension between “rights” and “consent” or the rule of the majority which Aristotle warned could be passionate, ignorant, and too easily dominated by demagogues, and could lead from injustice, to anarchy and finally to tyranny, and this troublesome question is still at the heart of the many debates within current American political discussions.

    It was certainly the main tension between the federalists and the anti-federalists whose arguments, charges and counter-charges have seemingly never been settled or concluded. In fact, Some days I wonder if we ever actually ratified the Constitution, or if I read the wrong history texts. That is, these arguments about who governs and what laws they can pass have never been settled. Of course, when you point out that the arguments many on the right, especially the libertarians are making today are really anti-federalist arguments, that were overcome and dismissed in 1789, when I was assured by my many teachers that the Constitution was ratified, these people go nuts because they don’t want their identical arguments to be associated with those earlier arguments–but in spite of their overly dramatic histrionics, the arguments are the same and as such the motivations are equally questionable.

    C’est la vie!

  • Anonymous

    Once again, those who object to Obama’s fascist policies are being labeled as racist. Perhaps this article needs to look beyond the color of Obama’s skin and identify the issues that the people truly find objectionable: expansion of the (Useless) wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the requirement under Obamacare that everyone buy health insurance (without a requirement that the insurers charge reasonable rates), the introduction of TSA naked-scanners, the extension of provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire, the bailout of AIG, and his support of the “free trade” policies that are responsible for the decimation of the American economy. Oh, yeah, the American public hates Obama because he’s black. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  • Anonymous

    It is all too obvious that +90% of Americans haven’t a clue what is going on around them, either within their own country, and/or most certainly beyond…
    As such is the case, it is next to impossible to expect any viable form of organized activism to take root.
    From the standpoint of a moral argument, America is culturally deficient. This has not happened by accident, quite the contrary. Sixty years of denuding four generations of the population has hit it’s mark, make that MARX!
    The longer you continue to allow yourselves to be led by the nose through the quagmire of materialism, vanity, and hero worship, the deeper the abyss becomes into which you currently tumble.
    Extrication will be impossible, with but one exception. This exception, for the majority of Americans is likely, sad to say, unattainable, even though so simple to acquire.
    Let’s see how many of you are interested in acquiring the exception…

    I will check back to find out, and if there are responses, I will point you in the direction required.

  • Anonymous

    But who owns and controls the media? The media have not got it wrong. They are doing what they are told at FOX, etc.

    Antonio Gramsci developed the notion of ‘cultural hegemony’ whereby a culturally diverse society can be dominated by a single class/group and the ideas of this class are seen (through the prism of the media) to be the norm that are seen to benefit all but in reality benefit a single class/group.

    So control is gained not through occupying factories but through control of the media and ideas – control of society is a battle of ideas. The Internet is a powerful medium to do this – a counter to sponsored media. Perhaps this is why the Administration wants a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet – to suppress counter ideas.

  • Ron

    See Somalia.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks to “Raw” for spouting more defamation of legitimate peaceful dissenters using the 1st Amendment to try to hold scammers to account.

    According to creeps at the SPLC: Martin Luther King Jr. was an “anti-government” extremist.

    We Are Change is not ‘anti-government”… only anti-graft/anti-Corporatist Media and Govt. collusion to bring about their frauds through deception and omission.

  • Anonymous

    In other words “Free speech SUCKS for everyone but me”

  • Anonymous

    The SPLC is a political organization. They have bias and cater to their contributors.

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

    JFK 1962

  • Anonymous

    Well said!

  • Anonymous

    Keep begging your government Masters for handouts, like a good little sheep.

  • George

    Rebaggers dont know who the real enemies are. Apparently they dont care enough to do a little research outside of Rush and Fox

  • dk504

    So Martin Luther King and equal rights for everyone was “anti-government”? Since when? ‘Cause that’s kind of a stretch to me. People who wanted the exact same rights as straight white men are suddenly “anti government extremists”? Is that what your saying?

  • D.Crockett

    here is a thought? why does it cost $10,000 to become a candidate for congress or a senator and almost every person the runs is a lawyer. The candidates need large amounts of money to pay for the campaign and where does most of the funds come from large corporations. The lobbyists are like leeches getting funds for the candidates as well as promises to pass legislation that helps the large corporations. You hear lots of congressman and senators complain about lobbyists. It would be so easy to pass a law to eliminate funds from lobbyists but they do nothing to correct the problem.I believe this practice promotes corruption and the people are getting tired of it. These crooks are only thinking of there own wallets and not the needs of the people. Now the government is trying to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of American workers. The large corporations broke the manufacturing unions by moving work to third world countries and they are trying to eliminate unions altogether.

  • Anonymous

    Pagasae, the tension you refer to doesn’t exist. The “consent” to which you refer is DELEGATED AUTHORITY by each individual making up THE PEOPLE. It arises from the direct delegation of their rights NOT FROM THE SOCIAL CONTRACT. You’re confused because you didn’t read enough FOUNDING LAW and instead read history books that present a facile argument that classes the foundation of the United States with the foundation of other western democracies like France. The status of the individual in our constitutional republic (even after the ratification of the constitution) is that of a sovereign (all men are created equal) we are required to be capable of exercising the rights and responsibilities of that sovereignty in personal if necessary (we need to right to free assembly in order to form governments and courts, we need the right to bear arms in order to fulfill our roles as military and police) we DELEGATE those rights. That is not just consent like one sees in Britain where the rule of an individual sovereign is consented to and the tension between that sovereign power and the people is mediated by parliament.

    When the Declaration of Independence said we are endowed by our creator with the various rights it was to ensure against exactly that form of tension from which other Democracies suffer. The legal theory underpinning our rights is that we come into being with them and share them for the sake of efficiency… NOT that they emerge from the barrel of a gun; NOT that they are derived from a mutable social contract; and NOT that they are granted by a sovereign government to their people by some agreement whereby the people agree to the dictates of a government in EXCHANGE for rights.

    This distinction is so critical to understanding freedom in the United States that without it the accurate interpretation of our constitution, the federalist and anti-federalist papers, all the early court cases, the structure of government after the civil war…. is impossible. Please seek out and familiarize yourself with these ideas. You seem like an intelligent fellow with an honest interest in the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t want anyone looking at corporate monsters when we can distract them with the government.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that has ever existed – by and for the people – unless you are speaking of aboriginal tribal units. Power is always a byproduct of the ability to enforce certain behaviors for the good of the “whole”; it tends to become a feedback loop, which is why so many rich folk are lawyers, and why lawyers are so well represented in the halls of congress. “That’s where the money is!”

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the clip of our sec’y of State speaking about the importance of freedom of speech while thugs in the hall pulled that old CIA guy (he used to give white house briefings, yet!!) out and beat the s*** out of him because he dared turn his back on her speech, and she didn’t even blink, I truly realized the game is over. Corporate vs individual is the full game now. Not left, not right. Just those who have and those who don’t.

    It is not the America I thought I was fighting for in Vietnam, not the America our comrades in arms in Afghanistan and Iraq think they are fighting for; this is NOT AMERICA. You are often on different sides of some things with me, but I think we agree more than not. Real ID? Internet ID? Kill switches? Those are not founded in our constitution; they are founded in board rooms and in the halls of thuggery.

  • Anonymous

    No, don’t educate yourself. Go to school and learn from people who know. Nobody wants to get surgery done by someone who educated himself. No wonder every word from you oozes stupidity.

    You are a classic example for a FoxNews -American right wing retard. You like to use terms such as “Communists” without knowing what they actually mean. Talking to you is a waste of time, still I’m doing it because it’s fun to rub your face in your own ignorance and stupidity.

    You forgot to add no. 4) to your little list of oversimplified assumptions: While not all retards are fascists, all fascists are retards. CyberRabid is a fascist, hence CyberRabid is a retard.

    Btw. right now the French government is conservative, you idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Um, yeah – because the “Socialist Party” and the “Communist Party” present real dangers in America. I actually don’t even know if they exist in the country. And Groups like Media Matters are what you get for Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and all the other right wing propaganda outlets. Can’t really call someone extremist because he looks at the real extremists and points out the shit they try to pull and the lies and bullshit they’re spreading every day. I mean – show me a liberal news source that literally makes world history up, such as Glen Beck does.

    The anarchists are on the left? Hmm, who is saying that we need “less government”? Just asking, because that’s pretty much the definition of anarchy right there.

    I know, you don’t like facts, that’s why you want to get rid of NPR or public, non-corporation controlled media.
    You guys are so far on the right that the Pope in Rome looks like a lefty. Laughable.

  • Anonymous

    I actually almost agree with you – the wars are still there, the naked scanners, extending the patriot act – and especially the lack of supervision of insurers for health care. Add to that giving a Tax cut to the super-rich while the poor are squished and threatened by all kinds of budget-cuts.

    But his “free trade” policies are not at fault for the state of the economy – that was done by a) Bushs two wars and b) lack of supervision over banks, so that they could create the financial collapse by unchecked greed, also during the Bush years. And the bailout a) was decided by Bush (particularly TARP) and b) looking at it realistically without it there wouldn’t be any economy left.
    Also, the “american public” doesn’t hate Obama, only a part of it does. And from that part, the majority hated him the day he took office, not just after all the stuff we just mentioned. And you can bet your ass that a lot of those people dislike him for the color of his skin more then for his political views.

  • Anonymous

    The ban on Sharia law is their right as a state. But man, is it fucking stupid!

  • Anonymous

    The language of the truth is simple;

    1)Labor Unions= institutionalized Democrats
    2)Progressive= Communist
    3)The only reason anybody would argue with #1 or #2 would be that they somehow resemble these descriptions.

    And your anger underscores your pain.

  • Anonymous

    The language of truth? Like in “Ministry of Truth”? (You probably didn’t get that, but it’s pretty funny to the rest of us.)

    But bring it on – prove what you state. (Except number 3 which I will replace by “He who repeats three false assumptions is still an idiot)

    So how exactly are Progressives = Communists?
    Don’t just make claims, prove it. It’s obvious that you have no clue about communism, but I’d love see you try explaining it. Come on, no excuses.
    I’ve yet to see a right-wing dipshit get that one even remotely right, but it’s always highly entertaining to see them try or chicken out.
    Here’s a hint: Glen Beck doesn’t know what communism is either, so you better get reading little rabbit – go ahead and “educate yourself”.

    My anger underscores my pain? Why would I be in pain? I’m pretty happy knowing that in 50 years from now we progressives will laugh about you “modern-day conservatives” and all your failed agendas, just like we’re now laughing about the ones who tried to stop civil rights from happening 50 years ago, or womens rights, or the ones who wanted to keep slavery around before that and so on, back to the stone age. Cuz, you know, progress always prevails in the long run, while fascist imbeciles like you always end up on history’s garbage heap.

  • Anonymous

    The Democrats in government do not have as much to worry about as the Tea Party and GOP because they are the ones attempting to turn middle America into working poor America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKNEEWUSQXJNGO2ANOT2W4HFT4 Mas Illusion

    all governments are liars and KILLERS

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