Above is an example of the world of one Sovereign Citizen. Why anyone would want to become a 'Sovereign' after listening to his gibberish filled description of the tenets of the group is beyond me. But the fact is that violent prone hate filled misfits are joining groups like the Sovereign Citizens in large numbers in this country. One example of the Sovereign Citizens at work is the news that they are behind a shootout that took place last week in Louisiana that ended with the death of two police officers.
Reporting on hate groups in America receives little or no coverage from the mainstream media. Many of these groups are race or gay hating based with a touch of religious fanaticism thrown in for good measure. A large number of the new recruits joining these groups are returning veterans coming to grips with the hypocrisy of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan in which they participated. An act that they saw as patriotic at the time and, like the Vietnam veterans before them, now see as their exploitation for use as collateral cannon-fodder. Just another hidden legacy of the war profiteering era of unending war and unpunished war criminals. Many of these veterans actually belonged to hate groups in the military which became prevalent when the Pentagon turned a blind eye and lowered recruiting standards because of a need for recruits to fight the Iraq and Afganistan wars.
Fast forward to the general failure of many of public institutions, widespread legitimate distrust of government and dishonest politicians, wall street criminality, racism, guns, the election of a black president, economic collapse, unemployment, xenophobia, homophopia, Islamophobia, religious fanatics, macho men and a tendency towards glorifying violence whenever possible in society and we have the toxic makings of a lethal cocktail. All whipped into a frenzy of hate filled conspiracies by right wing extremist elements not only on the fringe of our society but from within the 'mainstream' of the Republican Party.
Websites these groups create promote Jesus is coming so prepare for the violent end times revolution and you should be sure to be armed to the teeth when it happens themes. Not to mention the underlaying or overt race and gay hating dog whistles propaganda they makeup. You are left with the distinct feeling that much of the rhetoric is the particular group's self fulfilling prophecy. Telling extraordinary lies over and over till they becomes the hate group's truth.
The problem is that nobody seems to want to talk about the problem of violent prone hate groups, militias and extremism or the threat it could be to the nation.
We don't hear much about the growth and popularity of these hate groups in the MSM or anywhere else because of a fear of a backlash from right wing politicians, right wing media or the hate groups themselves. The liberals play their part too, stifled and silenced by political correctness and fear. The wing-nut right likes to paint these groups as merely a bunch of patriotic good old boys who love their guns, hate creeping socialism and big government.
The prime example of surpression of information on hate groups was how former DHS Analyst Daryl Johnson was silenced for warning of far-right militants in U.S in a report he authored for the Department of Homeland Security in 2009.
"Under pressure from Republican lawmakers and popular talk show hosts, DHS ultimately repudiated Johnson’s paper. Johnson drew his conclusion on his 15 years of experience studying domestic terrorist groups — particularly white supremacists and neo-Nazis. "Leading up to this report … we received numerous accolades from law enforcement [and] intelligence officials, talking about the great work we were doing in the fight against domestic terrorism," Johnson says. "And then in lieu of the political backlash, the Department not only decided to stop all of our work, but they also disbanded the unit, reassigned us to other areas within the office, and then made life increasingly difficult for us."Here's an interview with Johnson from a recent Democracy Now news segment talking about what happened after the report was published:
Much thanks should be given to the brave and important work of organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center whose mission is to track and disclose information on violence prone hate groups and militias that otherwise would not be available outside of law enforcement. The SPLC has been in the news lately over accusations from the gay bashing Family Research Council that somehow they are behind the shooting last week by a deranged individual at their offices in Washington, DC. An ongoing campaign continues by extremist groups and right wing politicians aimed at discrediting the historical and award winning work of the SPLC.
Note: August 27th more evidence of rightwing militia extremism in the news today including murder and plot to kill Obama and overthrow the government.