“The so-called ‘sovereign citizens’ movement — men and women who believe they are exempt from most state and federal laws, regulations and tax codes — is spreading like a prairie fire.” So sayeth the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who’ve been “keeping an eye on the right” for forty years. To be charitable, the staunchly pro-gun control organization has shown a remarkable disinclination towards facts when making its arguments . . .
In the last six months, members of virtually every department SPLC has visited [number unspecified] have reported contacts with sovereign citizens. In places as disparate as Georgia, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia, law enforcement officers are coming up against [number unspecified] sovereigns allegedly scheming to steal houses, pry loose money from the government that isn’t theirs, and harass their enemies with crippling property liens and other forms of “paper terrorism.'”
House stealing? I bet you can see a fleeing house felon a mile away. And if we stopped every citizen who tried to “pry loose money from the government that isn’t theirs,” the welfare state as we know (and love) it would cease to exist.
Back to facts, or the lack thereof . . .
[Murdered Arkansas police officers Bill] Evans and [Brandon] Paudert were the latest of at least 32 law enforcement officials murdered by right-wing extremists since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Citation? Hello? I guess the SPLC used the same methodological care that makes their “hate map” such a reputable resource. Or not.