At the peak of President Barack Obama's first term and reelection bid, there were over 1,000 active hate groups in the United States.
It was trending downward for a moment. But unfortunately the rise in Republican rhetoric has driven the hate groups back out and they're on the move once again.
Should I blame the agitators of politics and media?
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, World Net Daily, Matt Drudge, Alex Jones, Michael Savage, Michelle Malkin, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs, Bill Cunningham, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Pam Geller, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity have often been cited as influences to anti-gubmint rhetoric.
They have driven the narrative that America is going down the shithole. They said #BlackLivesMatter is anti-cop. They believe that Obama's doing more for Blacks, Muslims and illegal immigrants. They believe the Republicans are giving Obama what he wants. They believe Muslims are infiltrating our country. They believe Republicans are weak and timid.
But are they responsible for the actions of those who may commit an act of terrorism?
We may not like the divisive rhetoric but unfortunately, they're not endorsing the actions of anti-government extremists. They do look the other way when these extremists carry out actions that could be deadly acts of terrorism. These guys are so obsessed with "radical Islam".
The Southern Poverty Law Center says that there's nearly 900 groups.
Mark Potak wrote that anti-government militiamen, white supremacists, abortion foes, domestic Islamist radicals, Neo-Nazis and lovers of the Confederate battle flag targeted police, government officials, black churchgoers, Muslims, Jews, schoolchildren, Marines, abortion providers, members of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and even drug dealers.
They laid plans to attack courthouses, banks, festivals, funerals, schools, mosques, churches, synagogues, clinics, water treatment plants and power grids. They used firearms, bombs, C-4 plastic explosives, knives and grenades; one of them, a murderous Klansman, was convicted of trying to build a death ray.
The armed violence was accompanied by rabid and often racist denunciations of Muslims, LGBT activists and others — incendiary rhetoric led by a number of mainstream political figures and amplified by a lowing herd of their enablers in the right-wing media. Reacting to demographic changes in the U.S., immigration, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Islamist atrocities, these people fostered a sense of polarization and anger in this country that may be unmatched since the political upheavals of 1968.
He added, that Donald Trump's demonizing statements about Latinos and Muslims have electrified the radical right, leading to glowing endorsements from white nationalist leaders such as Jared Taylor and former Klansman David Duke. White supremacist forums are awash with electoral joy, having dubbed Trump their “Glorious Leader.” And Trump has repaid the compliments, retweeting hate posts and spreading their false statistics on black-on-white crime.
|The Bundy family was busted in Oregon after a month long stand off in Burns. Ammon and Cliven are facing serious federal charges. They could end up getting LIFE in federal time out.|
In a 32-page criminal complaint, federal prosecutors charged Bundy with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, one count of assault on a federal officer by use of a deadly weapon and aiding and abetting, two counts of use and carrying of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and aiding and abetting, one count of interfering with commerce by extortion and aiding and abetting, and one count of obstruction of the administration of justice and aiding and abetting.
Bundy made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland on February 11. He sought court-appointed counsel.
At a detention hearing on February 16, Stewart ordered Bundy to be held without bail, citing the serious nature of the charges and the risk of flight.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the next week.
The charges alone could put the Bundys in the federal time out for 20 years to LIFE.
Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy along with Brian Cavalier, Blaine Cooper, Ryan Payne, Jon Ritzheimer, and Neil Wampler are innocent until proven guilty.