SPLC INTELLIGENCE REPORTThe Year in Hate & Extremism
Issue Number: 141 | Spring 2011
"Led by antigovernment 'Patriot' groups, the radical right expands dramatically for the second year in a row"
THE PARTY OF OLD WHITE MEN
"The future of the Republican party is threatened by one simple thing: demographics. But instead of recognizing that fact, and adjusting to it with policies that are more in line with a younger and less white electorate, they've settled on a solution of stacking the deck at the voting booth."
FRI SEP 16, 2011 AT 12:02 PM PDT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010
Although there are extremist elements in the Chester County Republican Party and some "gangster politics “ remain, I believe that pressure from Democrats and Independent Voters has made the CCRC an exception in nationwide Republican Politics.
But something different is happening in US politics something not seen since the US Civil War:
Larry Pratt, 58
"Larry Pratt, a gun rights absolutist whose Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been described as "eight lanes to the right" of the National Rifle Association, may well be the person who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.
In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of "citizen defense patrols" used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.
It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.
Pratt, whose GOA has grown since its 1975 founding to some 150,000 members today, hit the headlines in a big way when his associations with Peters and other professional racists were revealed, convincing arch-conservative Pat Buchanan to eject him as a national co-chair of Buchanan's 1996 presidential campaign.
The same year, it emerged that Pratt was a contributing editor to a periodical of the anti-Semitic United Sovereigns of America, and that his GOA had donated money to a white supremacist attorney's group…”
“While the NRA is the biggest player in terms of money and publicity, the gun lobby is in fact much broader, with tentacles that reach not only up into Congress but also out to the margins of American society that Identity believers and anti-government conspiracy theorists inhabit. In that sense, Larry Pratt is emblematic of today's gun lobby: He has one foot in the political mainstream and the other in the fringe…
In addition to lobbying, GOA also puts put videos. Five days before the start of the 51 day siege near Waco, Texas (and four months after the Estes Park meeting, David Koresh showed one of GOA's videotapes to Robert Rodriguez, an ATF agent who had infiltrated the Waco compound and was attending Branch Davidian Bible sessions. The video "portrayed ATF as an evil agency that threatened the liberty of
citizens," according to a Treasury Department report. Pratt has written more expansively on those views, arguing in his 1990 book Armed People Victorious that professional law enforcement should be replaced by militias. "It is time that the United States," he wrote, "return to reliance on an armed people." U.S.
Armed and Dangerous (The NRA, Militias and White Supremacists are fostering a network of right wing warriors)
Rolling Stone Magazine/November 2, 1995
By Leonard Zeskind