This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 11, 2018:
In a decision that revealed not only its hateful bias but its evil intentions, the “Hatewatch Staff” at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) attacked the speakers scheduled to address the Western Conservative Summit this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. They called them “rhetorical hardliners” including “a new generation of far-right social media propagandists.”
It didn’t pull any punches:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, well known for his anti-immigrant positions and policies as well as ties to anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (which is also well-represented at this year’s WCS), is the scheduled headliner — assuming he still has a job at the end of a week where President Trump has attacked him once again on Twitter….
The new generation of hard-right social media conservatives will be well represented alongside the old guard. At least three representatives of Turning Point USA, the nationwide conservative college organization which regularly flirts with the racist alt-right, are listed as scheduled speakers at WCS, including its founder, Charlie Kirk, and communications director Candace Owens, in the news recently for being Kanye West’s far-right red-pill supplier. Social media Trump defenders Diamond and Silk are also scheduled to appear, as is far-right Daily Wire correspondent Matt Walsh.
Too clever by half was SPLC’s attack on the EPA’s administrator Mike Pruitt, who spoke Friday night:
Embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, criticized this week for having an aide look into acquiring a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife and having another aide try to score a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel, was a late addition to the WCS list of speakers.
What’s sad is that SPLC was living up to form. The SPLC is notorious for holding that the United States is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and islamophobic. Accordingly, it tracks groups that appear to be guilty of such sins, in its own opinion, listing them on its list of “hate groups.” It qualifies for 27 pages of tightly-drawn commentary at DiscoverTheNetworks.com which notes:
Many of the organizations targeted by SPLC are not “hate” groups in any legitimate sense of the word. Rather, they are thoughtful, articulate conveyors of conservative values and principles that are anathema to SPLC, and their inclusion in SPLC’s list of “hate groups” constitutes an egregious libel that is based on nothing more than SPLC’s intolerance for ideas with which it does not agree.
SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok actually acknowledged this himself when he stated that his organization’s blacklists have “nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess we’re making about ‘this group could be dangerous.’ It’s strictly ideological.”
By conflating actual hate groups on the one hand with respectable conservative organizations on the other — and thereby giving the impression that conservative values are somehow inherently hateful, racist, or otherwise repugnant — SPLC seeks to shut down debate, shut down free speech, and delegitimize conservatives as odious monsters whose viewpoints do not even merit a fair hearing.
It gets worse. There is no semblance of fairness in its naming of legitimate groups to its list of “hate groups.” In fact, it is deliberate in its intentions, according to DTN:
To combat this purported epidemic of “bigotry,” SPLC dedicates itself to “tracking and exposing” the activities of “hate groups” and “extremist groups” – the latter of which is a broad, nebulously defined category that includes not only all of the “hate groups” but also hundreds of additional organizations. SPLC’s “Hate & Extremism” initiative publishes its findings in the Center’s Hatewatch blog and in its quarterly journal, the Intelligence Report, which claims to be “the nation’s preeminent periodical monitoring the radical right in the U.S.”
SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok, who is chiefly responsible for maintaining the Center’s lists of objectionable organizations, has made it plain that “our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”
In its attempt to defame the WCS’s speakers, it succeeded only in exposing its venomous hatred of anyone or anything that reflects a different ideology. For the thousands of conservatives who attended the two-day function in Denver, it was a time of celebration. Indeed, even the theme this year was “Fortifying Freedom,” an obvious reference to the rollbacks of the Obama administration’s attempt to hamstring the economy and weaken the country’s cultural foundations further.
This year’s summit – organized by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University – was addressed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, EPA director Scott Pruitt, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, along with a number of current legislators including Republican House members Ken Buck from Colorado and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, chairman of the House’s Freedom Caucus. Diamond and Silk, the live-stream video bloggers and social media personalities, lit up the audience, according to those in attendance, in their lively support of Donald Trump’s presidency.
According to Blair Miller, a reporter tasked by Denver’s Channel 7 News to attend the conference, Attorney General Sessions delighted the crowd by reminding them that “elections have consequences,” directing his ire at the MS-13 gang, supporting religious freedom and pleasing his audience by affirming that, in the Trump administration, they will not be called “deplorables or bitter clingers anymore.”
Sessions also referred to the move he announced on Thursday that he wouldn’t defend the constitutionality of Obamacare in a suit being brought by several states: “It’s a rare step, but one I felt was necessary when it comes to this law – a monumental law of historical government proportions that moved the entire health care system and the entire economy in America.”
He touted several victories and promised to keep up the pressure:
In the Trump era, we’ve already seen a historic string of victories for conservatives and the American people. We are going to keep up this pace. We are not slowing down. We are determined to keep winning, and winning, and winning!
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also touted various environmental rollbacks of rules that he said were too restrictive, and pushed “federalism” – cooperation between states and the federal government – as a way to resolve environmental issues:
We must as an agency embody that partnership, that federalism concept, to make sure we advance these principles. So we have given a rebirth to the rule of law, a rebirth to process, and we’ve renewed our focus….
We’re going to engage in true federalism and partnering together to improve air quality and water quality. A one-size-fits-all strategy with respect to these issues does not work.
Not only was the audience raucous in its applause, many were attentive in the numerous freedom-fight workshops, while still others actively engaged various vendors in the exhibit hall during the breaks. Several groups, including The John Birch Society, reported a high level of activity especially by young people curious about the society’s mission. The booth sponsored by The Law Enforcement Charitable Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to offer financial support to families of police officers killed in the line of duty, also saw excellent traffic with much interest in its activities and several offering significant financial support for its cause.
Apparently none in the audience cared what the SPLC thought about the conference. All that was accomplished by the group’s attack was confirmation of the SPLC’s spiteful, hateful and evil intentions concerning anyone or anything that didn’t agree with its ideology.
DiscoverTheNetworks.org: Background on SPLC (27 pages)