Save Our State Successful—And Therefore Smeared

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.

At the same time, Turner is
organizing a national boycott of

Home Depot
to protest its "partnership" with
La Raza to recruit more

Spanish-speaking
employees.

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.

Karl Rove,

call your office
!

Radio talk show hosts

John and Ken`s "Fire Dreier" campaign in
November
2004 catapulted Turner from concerned citizen to
activist.

"I just got tired of listening to
the show but not doing anything,"
Turner told me.

All that has changed now.

As evidence of the overnight impact
Turner has had on immigration reform, the

Anti-Defamation League
branded Save Our State an

"extremist hate group"
during one of its Hate Crimes Workshops.

And Jim Robinson`s

Free Republic
has pulled links to Turner`s events
while

suggesting
that Save Our State is affiliated with
hate groups and vigilantes.

(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
of Fresno).

Turner learned of the ADL smear second hand from
an activist who attended both the Redondo Beach S.O.S.
rally and the

workshop
presented by the ADL`s Joanna Medelson.
[Send her

mail
]

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."

The ADL appears to have learned at
the knee of

Morris Dees
and the

Southern Poverty Law Center.

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"

Glenn Spencer
,

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
groups.

Said Turner:

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
the ADL."

Concluded Turner:

"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.`
"

What no
doubt offends the ADL—and what Robinson points to as his
reason for pulling Save Our State threads—is that the
website

www.stormfront.org
posted information regarding the
organization`s events.

This is
the old

guilt by association
ploy that doesn`t stand up in
today`s Internet world.

Anyone
can post anything anywhere with no recourse by the party
about whom the information is posted. 

I offer
myself as an example. During the California gubernatorial
recall election in 2003, Stormfront posted an item titled
"White
Nationalist Files for Governor
—Promises to Throw
Invaders Out—Asks Our Help."

But I
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.

In the
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
law.

Here`s a solution that would satisfy
everyone. If illegal aliens stopped crossing into the US
from Mexico, then:

(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
time soon.

And that`s why Joe Turner will keep
on fighting.

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.