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Leftist Fund-Raising Organization Opposes 10th Amendment as Far Right

Written by Gary North on June 5, 2012

The Southern Poverty Law Center has little to do with the South or Poverty, except insofar as it began operations in the South 41 years ago, and its employees want to stay out of poverty. Its visible employees are mostly upper-middle-class whites, as you can see.

It began during the Civil Rights era — actually, when the legal battles were almost over, and the battle was won: in 1971. But, as with any fund-raising organization, when the original goal was achieved, it had to switch goals; otherwise, its employees would have had to go into another line of work. They are in the fund-raising business.

The SPLC’s founder, Morris Dees, is the Left’s equivalent of Richard Viguerie, the Right’s original list-master, a fact that Viguerie freely admits in his book on his own career. He thinks Dees is a master. So do I. (I have done my fair share of writing fund-raising letters.)

So, what does the Southern Poverty Law Center raise money for these days? Here is its official list:

  • We track the activities of hate groups and domestic terrorists across America, and we launch innovative lawsuits that seek to destroy networks of radical extremists.
  • We use the courts and other forms of advocacy to win systemic reforms on behalf of victims of bigotry and discrimination.
  • We provide educators with free resources that teach school children to reject hate, embrace diversity and respect differences.

Southern? No. Poverty? No. Law? A little. Center? You’d better believe it. Send your generous donation to. . . .

Today, it raises money by fighting far-Right extremists.

It has knocked off J. Edgar Hoover’s original fund-raiser for the FBI, the “Ten Most Wanted” list of criminals. J. Edgar found that it worked like a charm. Congress never opposed any of his budget requests.

The SPLC has issued a warning on the Tenth Amendment Center.

You remember the Tenth Amendment. It’s in the Bill of Rights. Do you remember how many rights are listed?

Anyway, defending the Tenth Amendment classifies someone as being in The Patriot Movement. This includes Michael Boldin, who is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC).

He favors nullification, a position defended by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, back before they were in the White House, when they both got Alzheimer’s on this issue.

The TAC relies on an “an expansive reading of the Tenth Amendment, which says that those “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This is clearly a threat to the big-government policies of the SPLC.

Boldin got his start in the anti-war movement: specifically, Iraq. But that does not matter to the SPLC. What matters is the fund-raiser: its version of the “Ten Most Wanted” list.

As a practical matter, however, the TAC is on the political far right, opposing a whole array of federal laws and regulations. It has gained wide support among hard-line libertarians and neo-Confederates who are still angry at the powers the federal government accumulated after the Civil War that allowed it, among other things, to act against segregation, discrimination and other social ills. (In the 1950s, several states tried unsuccessfully to resist desegregation by nullifying federal laws. The courts have consistently rejected nullification as unconstitutional.)

The SPLC needs to reassert its southern roots, for old times’ sake. Tradition! So it invokes segregation. You remember segregation, don’t you?

He speaks at conferences on nullification.

These conferences are often headlined by prominent figures in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, which has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last three years. The Austin gathering, for instance, featured Art Thompson of the John Birch Society, which once argued that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a communist agent, and Stewart Rhodes (see profile below), head of the conspiracy-minded Oath Keepers, a group that encourages police officers and soldiers to disobey “unconstitutional” orders.

What? Disobey “unconstituional” orders? The horror! The SPLC is very big on that old favorite, “Ve vur just following orders!”

Then there was that Parks woman. She refused to sit in the back of the bus. It was Constitutionally required that she sit in the back of the bus. Uppity, I tell you. Anyway, the SPLC tells you.

The SPLC says that it’s wrong to persecute someone merely because he was a former member of the Communist Party. However. . . .

Thomas E. Woods, a former member of the neo-Confederate hate group League of the South and the author of Nullification: How to Resist Tyranny in the 21st Century, is another constant on the “Nullify Now!” tour.

There is a sinister (from the Latin word for “left”) connection with another group.

The TAC’s partner in this endeavor is the Foundation for a Free Society, which espouses the libertarian free-market theories of Murray Rothbard and the Austrian School of Economics.

You can imagine what the SPLC thinks of Austrian School economics.

Maybe I can get on its Ten Most Wanted list someday. I have always been among the also-rans. “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”

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53 thoughts on “Leftist Fund-Raising Organization Opposes 10th Amendment as Far Right

  1. sean murry says:

    The southern poverty center is commuist organization.

  2. So we former active duty military folk swore to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.. SPLC sounds like a domestic ENEMY of the Constitution. Our oath has no experation date. 1+1=2

  3. The SLPC IS a hate group.

  4. Carl Fichtner says:

    Its rather strange that theSRLC attacks the Oath keepers since the nazis who were tried at Nuremburg used the defencce that thet were merely Following orders. the War Cromes Tribunal rejected that defense. Furthermore the Uniform Cod of Military Justice states that members of the Military are required to obey only lawful orders

  5. If you can get on the SPLC's list, then you're a true patriot. The Founding Fathers, if transported into our time and espousing their same views, would make the SPLC's list as well. The SPLC is a friggin' joke. Intellectual vomit is too good a description of them.

  6. seektruth says:


    Gee! Without the Bill of Rights that are foundational to their "original purpose" what would they stand on?

    "The SPLC was founded to ensure that the promises of the civil rights movement became a reality for all."

    It would be fun seeing these two orgs go at it. I wonder which part of the founding documents SPLC would use to support their position?

  7. Erik Osbun says:

    Preserve the tenth amendment and run these freeloaders out of business.

  8. Paul Trombley says:

    The SPLC's reasons for opposing the Tenth Amendment Center are weak, even misleading. Here's a good reason for them to do so, however:

    The criteria stipulated in Article VII can't be used to determine whether or not the Constitution has been ratified; doing so would presuppose establishment of Article VII. So, the criteria must come from outside the Constitution.

    However, no such criteria have ever been published, and the best inference is that there never have been any such criteria. So, establishment is a hoax, in which case there is no 10th amendment.

  9. jim28threg. says:

    Yes son there are some parasitic whites cling to the coat tails of Jackson and those other goons sucking on the blood of the poor folk tickeling their ears with lie after lie while they pick their pockets.

  10. SpaceChief says:

    When has the SPLC ever gone after the minority street gangs in every major city in the USA? These gangs continually violate the civil rights of every honest citizen in those neighborhoods. And there are infinitely more gang menbers in the US than there are white supremicist individuals. Something like 500 or 1000 to 1 according to FBI statistics

  11. The Southern Poverty Law Center is another of those liberal jokes – give an organization a name that sounds like it is really helping people who need help and rake in money from those who don't know what the organization is really all about. Remenber the Stimulus bill? and the Patient Protection act? SPLC is in the same category….and does as much good as stimulus and patient protection do! Enriches a few people while not doing a thing for those who truthfully need help.

  12. Dennis Kramer says:

    Larry G, you are a wise independent thinker that has put our obligation to our country under a microscope and revealed a tumor that must be removed. Your protect and defend is now at the polling booth and anyone you can bring with you between now and then is vital. Good luck on your personal vendetta to win control of all branches of our legeslature

  13. I had contact or did until I asked the spokesman to put up a valid copy of the Obama BC, he claimed on national TV he had and then the line went dead. The SPLC is another left wing joke, it is a extension of the communist ACLU and I cannot help but laugh at their antics and circus acts in the public purview. This organization(?) is all hat and no cattle and is the sticky fleem on the end of a frogs tongue that snatches insects from the air, just another leftist bad joke……

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