Thursday, June 22, 2006

When Evil Pays For The Band, I’d Decline To Dance

Harold C. Hutchison over at “Called As Seen” linked to a chilling report about just who is spinning all the attacks against President Bush and leading Republicans in the claim that they are somehow weak on addressing border security and immigration reform (Called As Seen: Just what is going on here?)

Hutchison links to an article in The Pink Flamingo, which notes connections between up-front people like Tom Tancredo, Barbara Coe, Jim Gilchrist, Pat Buchanan, and Michelle Malkin, with some pretty slimy groups.

Groups like “Stormfront”, “Solar General”, and the “American Renaissance”. The first two are neo-Nazi groups, and the American Renaissance is anti-Immigration in a loud and nasty way. The article also notes links to the KKK.

A key quote from SJ Reidhead says “Now the press release:

http://www.heritagelost.org/june3pressrelease.pdf

announcing the picketing of Lindsey's office. Yep, people with direct ties to the Neo-Nazis are picketing Lindsey because of his immigration stance. I don't know about you, but when RINO conservatives like Rush, Hannity, and Tancredo go after Lindsey, I'd rather be on the side of the 'good guys'. My father is a vet of WWII - remember the war with Germany and Hitler. We were fighting these guys - now they are the darlings of the RINO conservative media. Something's wrong here, don't you think?”


Yes, Mr. Reidhead, something is very, very wrong. If Tancredo, Malkin, and the others don’t know what sort of people are funding their rants, you have to wonder why they didn’t bother to check them out. And if they knew, but hid those connections, that is a much more serious concern. Read the whole article, and think about what is going on behind the noise.

7 comments:

Harold C. Hutchison said...

I just want to know what the deal is... and how this could have been missed in the Age of Google.

DJ Drummond said...

I posted a link in the comments over at Polipundit. They're doing a real nice "Sgt. Schulz" impression ...

antimedia said...

I'm a bit surprised by your post, DJ. Did you actually go read the Pink Flamingo post?

I haven't read the entire thing yet, but I'm a bit disturbed by the guilt by association theme. Because a neo-Nazi group supports the same thing someone else supports or promotes an event those people speak at does not mean that the people involved endorse the neo-Nazi philosophy.

To paint all those opposed to the open borders plan as racist is the worst kind of demagoguery. I urge you to rethink what you are doing here, read all the way through the PF post and ask yourself, where's the beef?

Harold C. Hutchison said...

antimedia...

I did read the post, I'm the one who linked it. And the fact that this does turn up in Google searches shows that at the very least, Tancredo is not doing due diligence.

That foundation was getting very heavy promotion on Stormfront and other racist sites. And what did they do about it?

Not much that I can see. And Tancredo still went - even though a few google searches would have picked up. What type of effort does that take? Not too much? It took me fifteen minutes total to do the searches that found two founders of RedState laying out their concerns about Steve Sailer and Laurence Auster - people that Michelle Malkin have quoted.

In the Age of Google, what excuse is there to not know certain things about a place you are invited to speak at, like who might be attending, and where it is being promoted?

antimedia said...

How is a person responsible for who promotes their event? If Stormfront and other neo-Nazi sites are promoting the foundation, what exactly do you expect them to do about it? Seriously. They're not being slandered or misrepresented, so they have no legal grounds to bar Stormfront from promoting them.

This smells of political correctness to me. If Tancredo joined Stormfront, or promoted them on his site, that would be different. But he's not.

antimedia said...

Maybe I'm missing something. What exactly is the "connection" between these groups and Tancredo, Malkin, et. al.?

Pro-America, Anti-HATE, Anti-LIARS said...

The connection is simple. Both Tancredo & Malkin, along with many others, have quite a following from the neo-natzi, Klan and almost any other hate group you can think of.

They are not ignorant to this fact, they just believe America is.

They will give only two responses,

1)


(yup, NOTHING)

2) DENY, DENY, DENY, DENY AND DENY!


Don't you wonder why they have not only "DENIED" this, but spoke out against it?


I believe those who choose to defend a politician's (or anyone who's in a position of influence) association with hate groups has their own agenda.

It's one thing to question if such a claim is valid, but another to defend or excuse these people.

With that said, I have two important question for those who defend and/or excuse Tancredo & Malkin:

Do you accept, with out further investigation or questioning, what Tancredo, Malkin & others say when they present something as "fact"?

Do you, at the very least, consider their possible agenda (especially when someone like tancredo has DEDICATED at least the last decade to fighting Immigration and "mulit-culturalism")after reading any of their claims?

Most don't. I can only make my own assumptions as to why, but too often an assumption isn't needed.

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Here are some info on Tancredo, along with link, for furthering your knowledge. Also, some info on Minutemen history (Klan ties), who Tancredo openly supports:

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Republicanizing the Race Card (The Nation.com)
March 23, 2006 by Max Blumenthal

"In a political climate where the reactionary has become routine, white nationalism has lost the shock effect it commanded during David Duke's Bayou days. As Taylor acknowledged, "To the extent that white racial consciousness has an impact today, it is masked."...

Taylor pointed to the anti-immigration movement as the best example of white nationalism operating under the guise of mainstream conservatism. "If you want to control immigration," he explained, "a racial argument would not be as effective as one about carrying capacity and resources." Anti-immigration interest groups in Washington, like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies, a self-proclaimed "Pro-immigrant, low immigration" think tank, Taylor continued, "are doing an excellent job of this by arguing that poor people with exotic diseases are not people we should welcome. Their work tends to assist the survival of the white man."

Taylor reserved his highest praise for the Congressman from Columbine, Colorado: "Tom Tancredo is wonderful. If I was a politician, I would want to be him."

Tancredo, of course, has claimed that his anti-immigration stances have "nothing to do with ethnicity or race." Yet his proximity to his white nationalist admirers is closer than he publicly concedes.

Perched in the rear of the Dulles Hyatt conference hall sipping a Diet Coke, Gordon Lee Baum, the leader of America's largest white nationalist organization, the Council of Conservative Citizens, told me, "Tancredo's pretty good.
We've had him down a few times to meet with us." Though Baum didn't elaborate, another CCC member, California-based anti-immigrant doyenne Barbara Coe, spoke alongside Tancredo at a February 8 rally at the US Capitol in support of the Minutemen.
(To the chagrin of its planners, the rally was attended by two brown-shirted neo-Nazis from the National Socialist Movement who distributed fliers declaring, "Immigration is a race issue" until they were removed by Capitol Police.)

While the virulent but minuscule white nationalist movement struggles to find its bearings, certain conservative Republicans are adapting a nativist appeal to gain a broader following. They are applying Nick Griffin's advice to attack "the enemy we can most easily defeat," leaving overt anti-Semitism to the likes of David Duke.

Meanwhile, they stoke fears of nonwhite immigrants, who Tancredo has said are "coming here to kill you and kill me and our families." The far right has figured out its post-9/11, post-Bush strategy, and the Republican hopefuls of 2008 are already gravitating toward it. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060410/blumenthal

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http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v19n3/burghart_cops.html

Do It Yourself Border Cops
By Devin Burghart


After highly publicized "maneuvers" in April 2005 on the Mexico/Arizona border, the Minutemen anti-immigrant vigilantes have spawned at least forty new groups in more than a dozen states.1 Attracting volunteers and well-wishers from all over the country, the Minutemen are the latest and largest in a string of vigilante efforts to "secure" the border against the entry of undocumented immigrants.

Border Watch – Klan Style

The strategy of border vigilantism as a political spectacle did not originate with the Minutemen Project, Glenn Spencer's American Border Patrol, Ranch Rescue, or even the militia groups that inspired Chris Simcox, a cofounder of the Minutemen.

Instead, the "men of this calibre" who hatched the idea were leaders in the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the ‘70s.

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http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS02/605080319/1009


Klan raises anti-immigrant clamor

May 8, 2006

RUSSELLVILLE -- A Ku Klux Klan group led an anti-immigration march in Russellville on Saturday without incident, but not without opposition.

The event began with about a 10-minute march by 50 people, including about a dozen robed Klansmen, to the front of the Franklin County Courthouse. Russellville police estimated that between 300-400 people attended the rally, including onlookers.

The Alabama affiliate of the National Knights of the KKK, based in the western Franklin County town of Red Bay, had a permit for the rally.

No violence or arrests were reported during the 90-minute march and rally as about 30 police and sheriff's deputies watched and stood between the Klan and some people who showed up to opposed the march.

A group of both white and black people started a series of anti-KKK chants during the rally.

Sonja Zelada, of Florence, was in a group holding signs reading Love is the answer and Love thy neighbor.

"I don't think this kind of thing is what America really stands for," Zelada said. "I support people who are working to feed their families."

Marchers protesting proposals to give illegal immigrants amnesty and supporting calls to deport them yelled anti-immigration slogans such as "Send them back!" and "Let's get rid of the Mexicans!"

Ray Larsen, imperial wizard of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from South Bend, Ind., told the crowd on a megaphone that illegal immigrants are in America to take all the jobs and they want everyone out of America. "And I'm talking about blacks and whites," Larsen said. "They want you out of here because they want this as their land."

Afterward, Klansmen went to a field near Vina in western Franklin County and burned a kerosene-soaked 22-foot-high cross in a field. More than 30 people were in the field, with a few wearing hoods over their faces and others with their faces visible.

Last Monday, many immigrants and others marched in Russellville to support A Day Without Immigrants to show the impact of the Hispanic community.

On Tuesday, about 150 demonstrators marched through the town to protest granting legal status to illegal immigrants.

Russellville is the seat of Franklin County, which has seen a dramatic growth in its Hispanic population. Hispanics now make up more than 7 percent of the county's nearly 31,000 residents, nearly double the percentage of blacks living in the county, according to 2004 census figures.