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Echo Chamber of Lies: Open Letter to Leonard Pitts on SPLC – Commentary by Steve Scroggins
The text below is an open letter to Miami Herald syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., regarding his
column (9/16/09) entitled, The
'Culture War' is real and scary.
This letter is to condemn your promotion of the Southern Poverty Law Center as if the SPLC were a source of "credible"
information. We don't expect you to take our word for it, but we do challenge you to look a little deeper, to see what others
have written about the SPLC and their tactics, their motivations and to judge it yourself. Their history demonstrates that they
are frauds and conmen, character assassins for hire, and scaremongers whose primary motivation is fundraising under the
pretense of fighting racism. It's all about marketing and fundraising in the
Church of Morris Dees.
The commentary link below contains numerous links to various opinion essays, sources and investigative reports.
SPLC's Reputation as Frauds & Conmen Grows -- by J.A. Davis & Steve Scroggins
We tend to choose our sources for facts with care because we value our credibility. You, likewise we're sure, value your
credibility as a commentator with some sense of reality (as you see it). Perhaps you overlook or create some faulty arguments
and twisted logic to get the conclusion you want or expect. OK, partisans often do that.
But your expressed awe of the SPLC's "facts" (propaganda) is inexcusable when so much information is readily available which
casts doubt on it. Because their falsehoods fit with your world view, you apparently didn't question the source---at least
not with any diligence. After all, if the bogey man of racism and grievance politics suddenly disappeared, you'd have to
find other topics for ninety percent of your columns.
Seeing a list of isolated incidents all together...that spooked you? Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice were by all accounts
loners. They attended one known militia meeting and were asked to leave. From this the SPLC infers that all militia groups
think and act the way McVeigh did. A big stretch. You should review Dan Amato's detailed rebuttal of the SPLC's militia report
(Aug 2009) entitled,
Hate and Slander for Profit: Dissecting the Southern Poverty Law Center Report.
Your "Culture Wars" commentary
suggests that you have swallowed the SPLC's broad brush smears and logical acrobatics hook, line and sinker. Morris Dees (AKA
Uncle Mo) is smiling and
will be expecting your check. By regurgitating their pulp fiction, you along with hundreds of other writers/bloggers create an
echo chamber of lies.
We agree that the "culture war" is real, but it is the liberal left and organizations like SPLC, ADL and their media lackeys
who practice ritual defamation of ideological opponents. You, sir, are a participant
and a "useful idiot" in their cause to smear everyone who disagrees with their world view. You have been used, whether you
acknowledge it or not.
Our commentary and opinion may be tainted in your eyes. Why? Because we (me and J.A. Davis) happen to be members of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans -- we qualify for membership because our ancestors fought to defend their homes and families against an armed
invasion during the War Between the States. In the eyes of many partisans and dupes of propaganda, that's the end of the
story and all the "justification" needed to dismiss our views and our sincerity. (Your "Heritage of Hate" smear commentary
 comes to mind.)
Rep. Joe Wilson, the heckler from South Carolina is being smeared as a "racist" and even as a "Nazi sympathizer" by some in
the media --- because he is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and he opposed removal of the Confederate battle flag
from the Capitol Dome in Columbia, SC. This alleged guilt and the racist/Nazi smears on Rep. Wilson are not based on the substance of what Wilson
has said or what he believes; it's strictly GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. (Wilson rudely "dissed" the left's hero and must pay!)
Numerous lazy and sloppy "journalists" have recently quoted
the SPLC's material ad nauseum attempting to make the case that Joe Wilson is a racist Nazi because he's a member of a racist
organization "...according to the Southern Poverty Law Center."
It is ridiculous nonsense for former President Carter and others
to claim to know---without doubt or reservation---Joe Wilson's motivations or those of others who oppose Obama's policies. They
know they read it somewhere, they think....actually some lazy writer just copied the bunkum on the SPLC website. These mindreaders
see clouds of racism blocking the sun everywhere. It's apparently beyond
their comprehension that anyone could simply disagree without regard to anyone's skin color.
Guilt by Association is a common tactic of the SPLC and their evil work has pervasively spread. They have smeared the SCV as
a radical racist organization and suggest that all members are therefore racists and furthermore, they are even "right wing
extremists" who should be watched by DHS and law enforcement because they are terrorist threats. All 30,000+ members are racists? Come
on, Mr. Pitts, give that a moment of thought. Look at their website: www.scv.org
When the SCV invited Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (and his crew filming the
"Looking for Lincoln" PBS documentary) to attend a recent
SCV National Reunion, Dr. Gates expressed amazement (on the PBS program) that what so many of us were taught about Lincoln, the
war, etc., is not true. We're sure he was also surprised to see that SCV members were not the ignorant, drooling racist
caricatures we are so often painted to be.
We should point out that there are black members, Jewish members and hispanic members in the SCV---members located all over
the world. President Harry S. Truman (who ended segregation in the U.S. military after WWII) was an SCV member. President Dwight
Eisenhower was a
life long admirer of
the character of General Robert E. Lee. President Theodore Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston
Churchill often praised the character of Lee and all the tenacious Confederate soldiers. Are all these people also racist
radicals, "neo-secessionists" and potential terrorists? Of course not. We do not speak for the SCV; the SCV does not necessarily
speak for us. We retain our rights as citizens to speak for ourselves. Members can and do differ on political views.
Southerners have long been the target of slurs and slander on the part of the left and its propaganda machines, the SPLC and the
ADL. As politics have changed, these smear factories have targeted many other groups -- anyone opposed to parts of the leftist
agenda. As columnist
John Hawkins points out,
the left's mantra has shifted from "Dissent is patriotism" in the Bush years to "Dissent
is racism!" now under the Obama administration. Southerners traditionally receive the lion's share of the racist stereotype
smear. Wilson is from South Carolina---aha! That explains it! But more recently the broad brush swings in a wider arc.
Anyone who opposes abortion, or opposes illegal immigration, or favors gun rights, favors the Bill of Rights (2nd Amendment,
10th Amendment) or favors tax relief, or attends tea parties, or opposes Obama's policies is labeled as a "right wing extemist"
and as "racist" --- and even as potentially violent threats. If you are a recent U.S. military veteran, you are, according to the SPLC
and the Department of Homeland Security (which uses SPLC, ADL and other disreputable websites as their sources), a potentially
violent threat and a right wing extremist. [See April 2009
DHS Report] By their
estimation, half the U.S. population or more is a potentially violent threat
and part of this "vast right wing conspiracy." If you believe the SPLC, then violent racists and Nazis lurk behind every shrub and
weed patch and the
bogey man will be getting you if you don't send money soon to enable the SPLC to "fight hate."
We challenge you, sir, or any SPLC propagandist, to show where any member of the SCV (much less a member in a leadership position)
has committed an act of violence or even advocated violence as a solution. You can't. But with the SPLC, merely being opposed
to affirmative action is the same as favoring lynching. Being opposed to illegal immigration is equated with advocating violence
against immigrants of color. Author/Philosopher Ayn Rand called such demagoguery "the broad brush smear." It is shameful and
unfair. God's 8th Commandment speaks to bearing false witness---and we know that the SPLC opposes public display of the Ten
Commandments. Do you not believe in the Ten Commandments? Or are you deluded enough to think the smears you parrot are truth?
Obviously, any large group cannot control the thoughts and actions of all its members. Let's say you're a member of GreenPeace
and other GreenPeace members bomb an animal research facility. Does that make you a terrorist and anarchist? Let's say that
you're a member of the AARP and some other member of the AARP is caught viewing child pornography. Does this make you a fiendish
pedophile advocate? Let's say that you're elected to the U.S. Senate. Since Sen. Robert C. Byrd from West Virginia is a
former (?) member of the Ku Klux Klan, does that mean that you and former Sen. Obama share KKK sentiments? Let's say you're a
member of the NAACP and several NAACP leaders sexually harrass their employees. Does that make you a woman-hating sexist pig?
That Broad Brush is nasty, isn't it?
Again, sir, we don't expect you to give our views much consideration; we don't especially value yours. Obviously, we read some
of your writings and most often shake our heads and move on rather than directly responding. We know you're an opinion writer
but you must have some early experience or training as a "journalist" who is supposed to value truth above partisanship and who
doesn't want to be a tool of manipulators.
We simply challenge you to look into the SPLC below the surface, see their actions and tactics over decades, and then look into
your own soul and
decide whether they are a credible source of information and one with which you want to associate. Yes, we're aware that if you
question the SPLC's lies and distortions that will force you to question much of the "logic" and fallacy in the words you have
written over the years.
Veritas Vos Liberabit. The truth will set you free. The links below are full of links to various news
stories, opinion, investigative reports and sources. Judge for yourself.
The `Culture War' is real and scary
Wed., September 16, 2009
By Leonard Pitts, Jr.
I don't know who coined the term "culture war" to describe our political divisions, but I'm reasonably sure he or she intended it only as a figure of speech.
It feels like something else in light of a new report from the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups. "Terror From The Right" is a listing of bombers, killers, would-be assassins and insurrectionists motivated by anger over abortion, gays, taxes, blacks, Muslims and illegal immigrants.
Which raises an obvious fair and balanced question: What about terror from the left? The SPLC's Mark Potok says left-wing terror essentially means eco-terrorists, e.g., animal rights extremists. The death toll from their work, he says, is zero.
By contrast, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people because he was angry at the government, brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams shot two men to death for being gay, James Kopp killed Dr. Barnett Slepian for being an abortion provider, and dozens of other men have been indicted for dozens of other plots to kill thousands of other people with whom they had political disagreements.
It's one thing to read these stories in isolation and another to see them collected, and thereby connected, here, one extremist plot after another in the 14 years since Oklahoma City. It gives you a sense that -- apologies to Buffalo Springfield -- there's something happening here and what it is is all too clear. The report provides troubling context for the outrageous behavior that has attended the election of our first African-American president.
When you call them on that behavior, Barack Obama's detractors love to accuse you of equating dissent with racism. It is a specious argument. I disagree with the president's use of signing statements to avoid complying with laws he doesn't like, but it would never occur to me to carry a sign vowing death to him, his wife and their "two stupid kids" as a protester in Maryland did, or to pray that Obama dies of brain cancer as a "minister" in Arizona does, or to heckle him during a joint session of Congress as Rep. Joe Wilson infamously did.
That's not dissent. It is the howl of the unhinged and the entitled. The same folks who were complacent as President Bush spent surplus into deficit, wasted $600 billion and 4,000 American lives on the wrong war and watched a major American city drown are morally outraged because the new guy wants to reform healthcare?
For many of them, I think -- not all -- that's because they find it hard to accept that the new guy is liberal . . . and black.
As Potok sees it, some of us are angry over the dramatic changes underfoot in this nation. "People who want this country to remain a white-dominated country have lost. They have completely and utterly lost the battle, and they can never win it. If they were to seal the borders tomorrow, whites would still lose their majority in a matter of years, simply as a result of the difference in fertility rate. "
As a result, many people "feel that this is no longer the country that their Christian white forefathers built, that they have been robbed, that this isn't the world they grew up in and that they are very, very frightened" -- a feeling stoked and exploited by political and media demagogues, who will loudly disclaim responsibility when that fear becomes violence.
The president is black, the secretary of state is a woman, the new Supreme Court justice is Hispanic, the nation is changing, becoming vastly more inclusive. If some see that as a redemption of promise, the SPLC report reminds us that others regard it as an embodiment of threat. For the record, at least six of the plots it recounts were motivated by, or against, Obama.
Take it as proof. "Culture war" is not a figure of speech.
"Though written constitutions may be violated in moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a
text to which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the people. They fix, too, for the people the principles of
their political creed." ---Thomas Jefferson
SPLC's Reputation as Frauds & Conmen Grows - J.A. Davis & Steve Scroggins 8/21/09
Homeland Security Veteran's Smear - Jim Dean, GHC 8/27/09
Wolves in Watchdog Clothing: SPLC's Fellow Travelers - Jim Dean 9/10/09
SPLC Smears the Sons of Confederate Veterans...again - J.A. Davis, GHC 9/14/09
Why the SPLC Is So Very Dangerous in the Obama Era - Frank Conner, GHC 9/16/09
Uncle Mo vs. Uncle Jo - X-Files parody
Blathering Storm by Morris Dees - X-Files parody
SPLC advises DHS In Secret Meeting - April 2009 - X-Files parody
Montgomery County pays $1.3M to settle Dees/EEOC harassment case - X-Files parody
Steve Scroggins lives in Macon and contributes most of GHC's parody
and political cartoons and graphics.
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