... just like dudes like Jackson, Sharpton, etc.
The Southern Poverty Law Center "issued an 'alarming report'" that said
an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) - a 244% jump" from 2008.
OK, so who are these dangerous "new Patriot groups" we are warned about? The SPLC's roster includes 48 separate listings of a group called "We the People." This a non-profit organization founded by Robert Schultz, a hyper-litigious critic of the Internal Revenue Service. "We the People" appears to be generally libertarian in orientation: 2004 Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik addressed the group's 2009 "Constitutional Convention," and Schultz himself was a guest (along with libertarian figures like Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie and Rep. Ron Paul) on an August 2009 broadcast of Judge Andrew Napolitano's Fox News TV program.
After finding the Web site of the Alabama chapter of "We the People," I phoned Huntsville resident Lesha Martin, one of the members listed on the site. Is "We the People" some kind of violent militia-type outfit?
"Good heavens, no," said Ms. Martin, an admirer of Ron Paul who described herself as devoted to individual freedom and "resurrecting the Constitution."
Did'ja ever wonder ever wonder if the SPLC is the "extremist" organization? I mean, for instance, if you can label (rightly) the Jewish Defense League and Westboro Baptist Church as "active US hate groups" but not a single extremist Muslim group, that says something. Namely, "you have an agenda." Be sure to read the entire above [linked] report.