Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat or risk to health or life, status and power, security, or in the case of human beings, anything held valuable. Republicans have made political careers out of inducing fear in the population that became a valuable tool in their crusade against Islam they couched as a war on terror. Although the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were becoming extremely unpopular at the end of Bush’s reign of terror in 2008, Republicans duly picked up the “Muslim threat” mantle with the election of Barack Obama as President by claiming that the President is a Muslim sympathizer at least, and a likely “jihadist” according to many neo-conservatives in the teabagger movement.
It is no secret Republicans love sending Americans to war, particularly after 2001 when they lumped all Muslims together as an existential threat to this country and embarked on a fear-mongering crusade that America’s greatest enemy was Islam. However, Americans will never hear a Republican, or teabagger, issue even a tepid warning about a very real threat to America; heavily-armed and disgruntled neo-confederates and white supremacists who harbor as intense a hatred for people of color as they do being part of the United States of America. Coupled with a growing religious extremist and anti-government militia movement, the biggest threat to America is not radical Islamists or a foreign power, but homegrown extremists intent on creating an Aryan nation founded on biblical principles.
Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) revealed that a white supremacist neo-confederate group, the League of the South (LOS), is in the process of training a uniformed, paramilitary unit tasked with advancing a second southern secession by any means necessary after years of “only threatening violence against the United States of America.” According to leaked internal documents and anonymous sources within the LOS, as well as leaked internal communications, the LOS secret paramilitary unit has been dubbed “The Indomitables” replete with white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members, and neo-Nazis.
The SPLC reports that “the Indomitables” were “conceptualized” at a LOS national meeting earlier in the year and apparently is growing quickly with a U.S. Army and Navy veteran in charge of training for the coming race war to create an Aryan nation. The ‘veteran’ often boasts about “earning his red bootlaces; an award in skinhead culture for “drawing blood for the movement.” He also dreams of the coming day he can throw “boot parties for enemies” (African Americans) of the LOS. The white supremacist’s signature photo is an image of himself holding an assault rifle next to a confederate flag.
The League of the South advocates for a new secession and an Aryan society dominated by “European Americans” with a stated goal of creating a “godly” nation ruled by “Anglo-Celtic” (white) elites who establish a Christian theocratic state and dominate African Americans and other minorities. The group’s leader, Michael Hill, believes that “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery,” and that returning to a “political and social system based on kith and kin rather than the idea of the universal rights of man. At its core is a European population.” According to Hill, “If the scenario of America being overrun by hordes of non-whites does not appeal to you, then how is this disaster to be averted? By the people who oppose it rising up against their traitorous elite masters and their misanthropic rule. This is both healthy and Biblical.”
Hill claimed last month that the Second Amendment extends to weapons systems, guerrilla warfare applications, and listed the “primary targets” in the fight for an Aryan nation. Hill wrote in an essay that “The primary targets will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite without whom the engines of tyranny don’t run.” He ended his white supremacist screed by citing the Christian bible; “Blessed be the Lord my strength who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight.”
Now, every time there is even a mention of the growing threat of white supremacists pushing a race war, which is what the LOS is proposing in creating an Aryan nation, there is a tendency to minimize the threat as a small group of isolated extremists; nothing could be farther from the truth. If Americans have been paying attention to events across the nation, they know there is a simmering hatred for people of color among a larger segment of the population than they want to admit. The events in Ferguson Missouri where a white police officer brutally murdered an unarmed African American teenager, and the subsequent military response to equally unarmed African American protestors should give Americans a clue there is a deep-seated hatred of people of color in America. Don’t believe it?
In New York police are given free rein to stop and frisk African Americans for no other reason than they are not white. In Arizona, Republicans passed a law giving law enforcement the right to demand brown-skinned people prove they are American, and police across the nation are regularly gunning down unarmed African Americans with impunity. In Southern states Republicans are crusading to disenfranchise African Americans by restricting their right to vote, including recently in Georgia where a Republican state senator is livid that voting rights advocates made it easier for African Americans to cast ballots and wants to shut down the Black vote. Throughout the 2012 general election campaign and ongoing, Republicans demonized African Americans as takers stealing real American’s (read white people) assets. It was no coincidence that Cliven Bundy is a racist that attracted equally racist militias to wage war against the federal government with an African American man as President.
Many Americans errantly assume that the white supremacists threatening a race war, or advocating for an Aryan nation, are restricted to the former Confederacy and that is a gross error. Every state in the Union has neo-Nazi white supremacist sympathizers who cannot accept, and are furious, that America is a diverse and all-inclusive nation. Subsequently, they are more than willing to engage in a race war to create what the League of the South refers to as “a godly nation ruled by Anglo-Celtic elites to dominate African Americans and people of color.” This is what teabaggers, Republicans, and their ilk refer to when they scream they want to “take America back;” back to a time before the civil rights movement when people of color “knew their place,” were restricted from voting, and were legally forced into subjection to the will of the white Christian elite.
The greatest threat to the security of this country is not from outside its borders, it is from within. There is a good reason Republicans and their conservative cohorts never warn Americans of the threat from white supremacists and it is because they would expose their base as the greatest threat to America. Remember, it was Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who said “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term,” but it is not for lack of trying. Obviously, his words were a rallying cry for white supremacists to stop dreaming of a race war and begin paramilitary training to wage a race war and create a nation ruled by “angry white guys.”
Many Americans think there are pockets of racists in different parts of the country and although that may be true, it is a safe bet that every person in America knows at least one angry white person. They are the people who hate immigrants, support law enforcement targeting and killing African Americans, refer to every young Black male as a “thug,” or decry people of color “taking their stuff.” They are predominately conservatives, teabaggers, and more than likely any Republican yearning to take America back to the era when Anglo-Celtic elites dominated African Americans, and since they can hardly accomplish their mission legislatively, they are in training to accomplish it militarily. Tragically, few Americans are paying attention or fear the real threat to national security; angry white guys posing as “real conservatives” whether they are teabaggers, Republicans, or members of the League of the South.
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37 Replies to “The Real Threats To America’s Security Are Conservatives Within Our Borders”
Interestingly, it was the Confederates themselves who defined “Anglo-Celts” as an inferior stratum fit only for sharecropping and other menial positions. The gentry insisted they themselves were pure Norman.
I add that I would like to see where LOS, the Bundyites, and all these other incipient Brown Shirts get their money.
I have been saying for quite some time now, that we have far more to fear from the right wing lunatics and haters from within this country than we do from any foreign terrorist group. To listen to what these people are saying, is like listening to ISIL. They both are no different in wanting some kind of self perceived “purity”, and both are nothing more than blood thirsty killers.
What really worries me, is that after watching our government back down so easily from the entire sad Bundy affair, I do not believe that they are in any way prepared to take on these domestic terrorists. Maybe if they do achieve killing a few politicians as they say they will, our government will finally fight our real terrorist threat from within. Notice that they also use their religion to justify their killings, which just serves to further prove to me, that ALL religions are just violent entities, that use “God” to justify their killings.
There may be more of them than most folks know about, but they are still all basically cut from the same cloth – gather weapons, play paramilitary, talk big-time trash about what they want to do, and leech money from the saps; but in the end, they either lack the courage to attempt their fantasies, or if they truly are foolish enough to try, then they are and will be destroyed like rabid dogs….
I would agree with Hammerhead on the LOS etc. being boys with toys, but they are only part of the story. The dominionists that are trying to take over the 7 mountains of this country are another wing of the same plot. And the Tea Party was another. There are brains and money behind this — the same that have commandeered the Republican Party and are trying to buy the Presidency. It is a well-thought-out strategy of which folks are just now becoming aware of the operational side — and trivializing the pieces while blind to the whole.
Now if we found a link with the Koch’s funding these groups could we go after them for treason?
I agree. This may be bigger then the members of the 1%. I feel this is global and the US is the hardest nations to crack.
The filthy rich are buying up nations like Greece’s debt, and thats exactly the environment the tea bags are trying to create here. Choke the country, give the debt to the rich who can then own it
I fear those crazies down at that Calvin Bundy Ranch in Nev. then I do ISIS! Religion nut case’s has over grown us in a lot of states. KKK is making a come back too! We have a lot to fear “WITH IN” our borders then we do out side our borders these days! We got Cops acting like Judge/Jury an executioners in this country, too!We got two supreme court Judge’s bought an sold to the Koch Brothers an their bidding at the highest office of our Government for pete sake! More to fear with in our country, then beyond our own borders these’s day! Congress that wants to tear this country apart instead of doing their jobs an taking this country forward!
I agree 110%. I have also been saying this for a long time. We have our own terrorists here, the extreme right and 1%. We need not to be distracted by other countries’ issues right now, we need to concentrate right here protecting ourselves. The longer it goes without something being done, the more headway they make, the worse it is going to be.
Follow the money – always! The money is funneled through many different entities, generally all leading back to three or four individuals and organizations. Look at things like The Heritage Foundation, The Beckett Fund, The Richard Melon Scaife Foundation, The Discovery Institute,the Council for National Policy, etc.
These groups and organizations are well funded, and they finance a ton of right-wing, religious-right, racist groups. The channels that they use are well protected from the public eye – and that is, of course, by design.
First and foremost in the leadership of this dangerous group thinking is FOX nus.
Murdoch is the Göbbels of this cabal. We have quite a few Streichers.
Our enemy is anyone who fears diversity, change, science, and equality. So yes, the threat to America is internal, and is the extreme right wing, and their funding sources in the shadows.
Republicans in Congress have been bought by greed-driven, take-over-the-world crazies like Kochs, Ailes, Romneys, Adelmans, Roves, Cheneys, Trumps. They dont care what happens to America as long as they’re making billions at the expense of humanity.
Cliven Bundy Taunts The Feds: ‘Why Don’t They Give Me A Bill?’
The government “backed down” from the Bundy ranch because it was the rational thing to do.Going in with tanks and rocket launchers would have been not only messy but it would have been escalating the situation. Law enforcement is supposed to De-escalte things not make them worse.
Law enforcement is supposed to De-escalte things not make them worse.
Only if you are white
Arnt you up past your bedtime?
Fox’s angle since president Obama was elected ; haven’t you noticed there is a colored guy in the white house and he’s going to move into your neighborhood be very very afraid. Everything they say about him or his supporters leaves this impression with the intelligence challenged fearful haters.
I work for a couple that are extremist to the “right’. Always giving me “digs” about Democrats. Last week the subject was Nancy Pelosi”s retirement that she has worked out with the government, that they will be paying their taxes for. I said, I don’t keep up with Pelosi. What I wanted to say was, “Is she the only person you are doing that for?” This week it was, “Yes, sir, they have found three men who were at Benghazi when all of “that” went down and they are going to tell what happened and then we will get to the bottom of this.” This is the stupid stuff I have listened to for the past few years. Thankfully, new management will be taking over soon and my nerves will get better. I understand that they are extreme and not very well informed, so I never say anything to them about their beliefs. But, they still send me emails loaded with Fox propaganda and Limpbo propaganda, even though I asked them in a nice way not to.
I just feel ashamed that when we are getting so much approval and help with Obama’s policy
to keep the country safe (Britain, Australia etc) we do not seem to be getting any help from rethugs, who are asking ‘can we impeach him for going to war’ without our say so, why can they not come back to Washington and give him approval. They would rather see the destruction of the country than support the president.
The same criteria should be used to decide whether American right wing terrorists represent conservative values as used to decide whether Islamic extremists represent muslim values.
Interesting. America’s definition of a “terrorist” is anybody that harms people of European ancestry in this country. It’s ok to be a domestic terrorists and harm people of color.
Note the different reactions: if you do harm to those of European ancestry, we will leave no stone unturned to track you down. However, if domestic terrorist, aka those of European ancestry do harm to those of color, it’s not a top priority. The same sense of urgency is not there, and the domestic terrorist are allowed to flourish.
When the Bundy group stood pointing weapons at Federal agents and the government did nothing a message was sent that it was alright. The Feds should have called up the National Guard and hit them with everything we had. Rebellion against the government is treason and should be treated as such. These were men and women that were armed and threatening to shoot Federal agents doing their jobs. If the State of Utah refused to use the guard that would cause additional sanctions against the state and cause the US military to be use.
An article about conservative fear mongering that is fear mongering about conservatives. Does anyone see the hypocrisy in that?
We have seen the enemy and it is us!
“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term,”…
I hope to God that they can’t stay in business! Most of the problems we have in this country right now is Scared, Angry Old White Men who still hate the fact that they are becoming a minority. They think that this country belongs to them and them alone and that is a very dangerous state of mind.
The reason for all of the Teapublicans demanding voter identification over and beyond the voter registration card, is simply a racist move to prevent “minorities” from voting.
As a member of one of the smallest minorities in the world (I’m Jewish, we’re less than 2% of the world’s population) I know first hand about prejudice just because of my religion, so I can feel the sting of many blacks, Hispanics and others who don’t have lily white skin.
To say I loath the Republicans is putting it mildly. They have some good ideas but it is their hatred for others that keeps me WAY out of t…
The rise of the Dominionists, militias, and other hate-based groups were given legitimacy when some GOPTPers made a huge fuss about the release of the Homeland Security report on domestic terrorism that Pres. Bush had ordered before he left office. It didn’t make sense to me at the time why so many high-level GOPTPers were having a fit about it, then, I witnessed the way the GOPTPers in Congress and on Fox News and in other RW media were celebrating the outrageous and violent behavior of members of these groups. It informed me that the reason they wanted to suppress the report was because if they endorsed its’ findings, they’d offend some in their base. They threw our domestic security out of the window for political reasons. The very groups establishment republicans invited into their party with open arms in 2009 and 2010, they’re having to “put down” today, after the “snakes” turned around and began biting them in their asses.
I wonder what all the people I went through High School back in the 70’s think now that those papers I wrote concerning and predicting this very thing think now? I make predictions and tell people what’s going to happen and some laugh, but they always end up finding out how correct I am.
Conservatism IS a Mental Disorder!
Does anyone for a minute believe that these weirdo weekend warriors with their make believe selves are gonna stage an uprising? Remember we have SWAT teams all over the place, we have the National Guard, Heavily armed Police departments, and last but not least we have a HUGE Army, Special forces galore—-So who they think they scaring? Plus, only the unemployed amongst them will be able to go to battle for weeks—then die poor! Leaving family behind with no insurance. Check them out, most of these vile militia are probably marginal workers, chronic unemployed and ignorant—that’s why they Mad.
Do you all live in the basement? Most if not all that’s written here is far fetched. Your ideals have ruined what used to be the greatest nation. Instead of making it worse, move to a country that fits your ideals like Russia or China!
So giving the right to vote for all, Social Security, Affordable healthcare, women’s rights, rights for the disable, rights for gays, protecting the environment so what ever parasites you spawn can breathe and drink clean water is destroying the nation?
Funny thing is there’s no shortage of proof. Start with Oklahoma City to just this past weekend when one of these types blew away 1.5 cops ….because…. “survival”.
Funniest thing about “secessionists” is they think they’ll be leaving the non-whites behind! *head/desk*
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