Stop the Thought Crime in Tennessee!
The Southern National Congress will hold its sixth session this weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. Tennessee State Senator Frank Nicely and Representative Judd Matheny will address the Congress. Most folks will read that news and nod at just another group of citizens working peacefully within the system. But for some, it means it's time to hit the panic button. From The Tennessean:
Two Tennessee lawmakers were scheduled to speak at a Southern secessionist group’s meeting this weekend, and while a representative for one claims he’s spent a month trying to get his name off the event’s announcement, the other is ready to go and supports preparing Tennessee to part ways with the United States. A website for the Southern National Congress says Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, and Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, will discuss their proposed legislation at the group’s sixth session, today through Sunday at Fall Creek Falls State Park. But critics are concerned about the organization’s secessionist philosophy and ties to the League of the South, listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its desire to create a white-led nation.In addition to invoking the totally objective SPLC, the article also notes that the "Tennessee Anti-Racist Network" wants to shut down the Congress. Here's how the Tennessean article describes the group and what it advocates:
The Tennessee Anti-Racist Network, a coalition of community groups and individuals who want to tell white supremacists they are unwelcome in the state, drew attention to the event after seeing it advertised online. The same group staged a counter-rally against the League of the South this month in Murfreesboro. “Ultimately, we don’t want elected officials to speak at extremist hate events,” said member Darlene Neal. “Really? We have to say this out loud? It’s unbelievable, but we believe it because we’re living it.”Scroll to the bottom of the article and check out the comments. Eek! Secessionists! Southerners! And there's a hate group lurking nearby! Lord, give me patience... It's comical how folks imagine dastardly motives for those seeking to restore self-government by downsizing a federal government that's illegally spying on its citizens and waging perpetual war. Yet, no one bats an eyelash at the "Tennessee Anti-Racist Network," which openly works with communists. On its web site, TARN proudly lists its allies, including the ominously named "Workers' Power." The following should give you an idea of what "Workers' Power" members want, in their own words:
Preston Gilmore is a communist committed to winning freedom in our lifetime. ... Jeremiah Carter is a local student/worker. He is a member of the Nashville State Community College Leftist Student Union and of Workers' Power, and an organizer for the Wobblies; he was part of the Occupy movement. Jeremiah stands for a communist movement that distances itself from the state with the creation of counter-institutions, militant class struggle, and a re-analysis of contemporary capitalism.So when we're told there are people out there who want to withdraw consent from our oh-so-benevolent central government, we're supposed to go screaming into the night, but when we encounter REAL extremists promoting totalitarianism and the most bloodthirsty ideology in history, well, that's okay. But the most dangerous and incendiary comment on this news story comes from Brian Hughes, who's identified as a "Top Commenter": "Maybe we should stop caring about the Southern Poverty Law Center deciding who's a hate group and who isn't..." Whoa there, mister! You want folks to start doing Google checks, reading the actual statements of individuals and groups in the news, and making up their own minds about issues instead of obeying the proclamations of their betters in wealthy think tanks? Do you know where that could lead? I don't know. But I'd like to find out.