In only three months since founding
the California grassroots immigration reform organization
Save Our State, 27-year old Joe Turner has mobilized
two successful rallies—in
San Bernardino and
Redondo Beach —to protest hiring illegal aliens.
Turner is a rookie compared to most
of the grizzled veterans in the movement. Even so, he has
been fighting illegal immigration for over a decade. In
1994, Turner gave an impassioned speech in support of
Proposition 187 in his high school cafeteria.
Turner recalls that "they loved
me"— although his high-school was 40% Hispanic.
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Radio talk show hosts
John and Ken`s "Fire Dreier" campaign in November
2004 catapulted Turner from concerned citizen to
"I just got tired of listening to
the show but not doing anything," Turner told me.
All that has changed now.
(The notoriously impenetrable JimRob
seems to have learned nothing from the fact that Free
Republic itself was once
smeared as a "hate group" by his own home city
Since the mid-1990s, the ADL has
branched out, so to speak, from worrying about
anti-Semitism into the broader and more politically
correct arena of "hate crimes."
First, the ADL published
Danger: Extremism—The Major Vehicles and Voices on
America`s Far-Right Fringe which it described
as "a comprehensive survey of the radical right."
Then in 2003, the ADL turned its
attention to immigration. In its booklet,
Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona,
the ADL managed to "link"
Roger Barnett and Jack Foote with the Ku Klux Klan,
David Duke and neo-Nazis everywhere.
But Turner dismisses any effort by
the ADL to include him, even indirectly, among Nazi
The attempt to smear my organization and myself
personally was utterly repulsive. Their claims are easily
refuted by fact. We are not racists, bigots or
xenophobes. We are grassroots activists from every
demographic who have come together to oppose the
importation of dregs from the third world.
And while I have no qualms with being labeled an
extremist, for I think we all should be steadfastly
resolute in our willingness to save our nation from the
destruction wrought by the scourge of illegal
immigration, I do not think that two incredibly
successful and peaceful demonstrations qualifies as such.
Ultimately, I am flattered that our organization that
has been in existence for less than three months is
already receiving considerable attention from groups like
"I suppose you could
call me an extremist compared to people who sit around
and complain about illegal immigration but do nothing. I
like to quote Barry Goldwater: `Extremism
in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the
pursuit of justice is no virtue.` "
doubt offends the ADL—and what Robinson points to as his
reason for pulling Save Our State threads—is that the
www.stormfront.org posted information regarding the
guilt by association ploy that doesn`t stand up in
today`s Internet world.
can post anything anywhere with no recourse by the party
about whom the information is posted.
myself as an example. During the California gubernatorial
recall election in 2003, Stormfront posted an item titled
Nationalist Files for Governor—Promises to Throw
Invaders Out—Asks Our Help."
am not a white nationalist. I never promised to throw out
invaders. And I never even spoke to anyone at Stormfront,
much less asked for its support.
ADL`s Border Disputes report, concluded that the
so-called "anti-immigration extremists":
"…Promote a culture of lawlessness and defiance that will
only add to, not solve, America`s border problems."
How ironic—because it is the Mexican
aliens who are "lawless" and the
Mexican government that encourages "defiance."
And, of course, the ADL report
conveniently failed to mention that
Arizona property owners have for decades pleaded in
vain for the federal government to enforce immigration
Here`s a solution that would satisfy
everyone. If illegal aliens stopped crossing into the US
from Mexico, then:
- Half the
immigration reform groups in the country would shut
their doors and send their employees home.
(Of course, legal immigration is
just as serious a problem, and inextricably interlocked.
But it`s not as flagrantly outrageous).
- Jim Robinson wouldn`t have to
censor posts about illegal immigration that he
disagrees with or exhaust himself by fretting about
what immigration reform groups might be affiliated with
which other causes.
None of this is likely to happen any
And that`s why Joe Turner will keep
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.