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The Nativist Lobby
Southern Poverty Law Center ^ | February 9, 2009 | Mark Potok

Posted on 02/09/2009 5:48:22 PM PST by rmlew

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The SPLC has decided to smear all immigration reform activists as racialists and antisemites for good measure.
1 posted on 02/09/2009 5:48:23 PM PST by rmlew
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My friend Lawrence Auster has responded to this pack of lies and smears. Sadly, I cannot link to it.

Would that it were true! If it were, then, 16 years ago, when I wrote a draft manifesto and proposed to Tanton the creation of an organization to defend America's majority culture and people, called the League for European-American Defense, Education, and Research (figure out the acronym yourself), he would have said yes. But he said no, because, as he put it, he did not relate to the idea of defending white America as such.

In the world according to SPLC, NumbersUSA (which by the way never says anything critical about the ethnicity of immigrants) is a "nativist hate" organization; the Center for Immigration Studies (which never says anything critical about the ethnicity of immigrants) is a "nativist hate" organization; and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (ditto) is also a "nativist hate" organization. The proof for these assertions, according to SPLC, is that Tanton originally founded FAIR and CIS, and funded NumbersUSA, and that, years after he had founded FAIR and CIS, he privately expressed concerns about the assimilability of non-European immigrants and about the loss of America's historic European culture, and also published some articles along the same lines in his journal, The Social Contract, which, of course, does not have a single philosphy but criticizes immigration from many angles. Therefore Tanton is a "nativist hater," and therefore everyone and everything that has ever been associated with him gets the word "hate" and "nativist" attached as a prefix to his, her, or its name. Similarly, if a person has had any connection, no matter how tangential, to any entity deemed by SPLC to be a "nativist hate" organization, then not only is that person a nativist hater, but any other organizations that person is associated with are also nativist hate organizations.

As an example of SPLC's smear techniques, in her chapter on CIS, Beirich writes:

Some at CIS have also written for a nativist hate site, VDARE.com, which is named after Virginia Dare, said to be the first English child born in the New World. They include CIS Fellow John Miano and board member Carol Iannone.

Here are the facts. Carol Iannone in 2001 wrote a one-paragraph letter to the editor of Vdare in which she criticized Paul Gottfried's justification of paleocon Schadenfreude over the political defeats of neocons by the left, and referred to Samuel Francis's support for the left's attack on Iannone's nomination to the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991. As would be evident to anyone with third-grade reading comprehension and a smidgen of intellectual honesty, Iannone was not writing for Vdare (not that there would have been anything wrong with that), she was writing to Vdare. Yet SPLC portrays her as a Vdare contributor, and therefore as a nativist hater, and thus, through her connection with Vdare, proves that CIS is a "nativist hate" organization. Again, there is nothing inherently wrong in writing for Vdare. But within the terms and technique of the SPLC report, Vdare is a "nativist hate" website, and Iannone is tainted for having written "for" it.

As anyone who reads the report will see, SPLC is vastly more "McCarthyite" than Sen. Joseph McCarthy ever was. May we then hope for the day when we will see a self-righteous liberal like Joseph Welch thundering:

Until this moment, Mr. Dees, Mr. Potok, and Ms. Beirich, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

Well, we may hope. But in reality it's vanishingly unlikely that SPLC--an organization that automatically labels as a "nativist hater" anyone who has ever expressed even the most moderate and reasonable questions about the desirability of large scale immigration--will ever be held to task for its disgusting and dishonest tactics of character assassination. Why? Because liberals rule America, and liberals only see evil to their right. Just as Muslims define Islam as identical to the good, and therefore never see Muslims as evil, liberals define liberalism as identical to the good, and therefore never see evil among themselves.

There. I've written only 600 words about SPLC, and already I need to take a shower.

However, I must say that in this entry I am treating the report much more seriously than when I read parts of the introduction earlier today. Then, I just laughed and laughed at the sheer absurdity and audacity of it, at the relentless brainlessness with which it automatically affixes the phrase "nativist hate" to every organization it discusses.


2 posted on 02/09/2009 5:50:04 PM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: rmlew

Nothing new here. Just a remix of a tired old tune.


3 posted on 02/09/2009 5:50:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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I stopped reading when I saw the origin was SPLC. They are a pile of anti-American buffoons.
4 posted on 02/09/2009 5:51:05 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: rmlew

The SPLC is a bunch of yellow, anti-American cowards. They never go after anyone who might retaliate and put a hurt on their goatsmellin’ asses.


5 posted on 02/09/2009 5:51:09 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ( Elections have consequences.)
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To: rmlew

Open-borders harm African-Americans more than any other group along with working class white. I guess these marxist scum at the Southern Poverty Law Center want to keep blacks and whites in poverty.


6 posted on 02/09/2009 5:51:15 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: gubamyster; dennisw; Cacique; Clemenza; wardaddy; Paleo Conservative; reaganaut1; Black Agnes; ...

Immigration Ping


7 posted on 02/09/2009 5:53:47 PM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: Frantzie
Open-borders harm African-Americans more than any other group along with working class white. I guess these marxist scum at the Southern Poverty Law Center want to keep blacks and whites in poverty.
Of course. Poverty breeds grievance, and the left is built on Grievance Politics.
8 posted on 02/09/2009 5:54:43 PM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Within days of the minutemen starting patrols on the border, a couple of “klansmen” showed up at SPLC offices and “turned themselves in”.

That had to be the most pathetic attempt at a reichstag fire I’ve ever seen. Even the media didn’t want to touch that one.


9 posted on 02/09/2009 5:55:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: rmlew

Interesting info about the common leadership/organization links betweem FAIR, NumbersUSA, and CIS.


10 posted on 02/09/2009 5:56:33 PM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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Of course there is commonality. The same would hold for the Heritage Foundation, Free Congress Foundation, and National Review.

But I would not trust a single word from SPLC. They are a bunch of smear job marxists.
11 posted on 02/09/2009 6:00:29 PM PST by rmlew (The loyal opposition to a regime dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution are accomplices.)
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To: rmlew

The SPLC, like other leftist outfits, obsess over whether someone’s a racist or a hater. Emotionalist crap. I’m interested in whether people are correct, or in error; right, or wrong.


12 posted on 02/09/2009 6:01:41 PM PST by Mogwai (You say "far right" like that's a bad thing!)
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The SPLC helping to starve its supposed beneficiaries for the free traitors... Who’d have guessed? But then some of us knew that the bipartisan globalists were funding the SPLC during Hillary’s reign.


13 posted on 02/09/2009 6:03:59 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: rmlew

Proud to call myself a Member of Numbers USA. F the Southern Poverty Law Center.


14 posted on 02/09/2009 6:04:02 PM PST by steel_resolve (We are living in the post-rational world where being a moron is an asset)
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To: steel_resolve

Proud to call myself a “Nativist”. Why on earth do people run from this label? Im proud to stand with my own people.


15 posted on 02/09/2009 6:06:15 PM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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ping


16 posted on 02/09/2009 6:06:37 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: DwFry

When they call me a racist I just say OK fine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want our border protected for all Americans”.

The Racist tag is nothing more than the weapon they use to shut down an argument they can’t win. I don’t allow it to work.


17 posted on 02/09/2009 6:13:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek

Same here. I ask this one question. Is it racist to think that our Constitution and laws concerning immigration should be enforced? The silence is deafening.


18 posted on 02/09/2009 6:29:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Bipartisainship is now about a 3 to 532 vote on Capital Hill.)
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To: rmlew

yadda, yadda..racist conservatives..yadda, yadda (yawn)..

What’s new, they’re liberal, we know they can’t really defend their position so they HAVE TO attack people/org’s and causes on ‘ad-hominim’ basis!


19 posted on 02/09/2009 6:30:40 PM PST by JSDude1 (R(epublicans) In Name Only SUCK; D(emocrats) In Name Only are worth their weight..)
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To: rmlew

Yawn. Same crowd. Same tune.


20 posted on 02/09/2009 6:46:52 PM PST by TADSLOS (McCain always has a job as Obama's Butt Boy when he loses his seat in 2010)
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