SPLC`s Mark Potok Inadvertently Reveals Agenda, Motive, Method

Mark Potok, the Southern Poverty Law Center`s underpaid hitman, has posted a HuffPo column (Nativist Laws Wreak Havoc Across Nation, January 24) puffing the $PLC`s just-issued report attacking the desperate efforts of American to protect themselves from illegal aliens at the local level, a result of Washington`s paralysis. The ultimate target (“Behind all of this stands one man”) seems to be Kris Kobach, chief counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Insititute, whose election as Kansas Secretary of State last November was part of the immigration patriot movement`s glacial but inexorable advance into politics, something the $PLC and its backers want to stop at all costs.

Kobach for President!

Probably because MSM coverage of the $PLC is so uncritical, Potok unguardedly makes two telling admissions. First, he writes:

Kobach`s affiliation with FAIR is important. For most of the last three decades, FAIR has been working, as its founder John Tanton once wrote, to preserve “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Although the organization is typically less than candid about its motives, its president Dan Stein has sounded similar notes.

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Absurdly, Potok`s only evidence for this allegation against Dan is a remark he made about the motives of the backers of the 1965 Immigration Act (they sought “to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance”) in “a heretofore unknown oral history housed in a university library” back in 1994!

That`s not just “less than candid”. It`s non-existent.

And, anyway, are we not allowed to ask about the Treason Lobby`s motives now? In which case, I will compound the offense: the “European-American majority” is being abolished by immigration, which is a matter of public policy. The onus is on those who favor that policy to explain their motives.

So: why does the $PLC want to abolish the European-American majority?

Second, Potok blusters menacingly:

…in the aftermath of Arizona`s adoption of the highly controversial S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant statute, legislators in at least six other states and uncounted numbers of cities and towns are considering proposals for similar laws.

They may want to think twice.The towns that passed nativist laws in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas and Nebraska, along with the state of Arizona, have spent millions of dollars to defend them in court, and almost every judicial decision so far has gone against them. One community, faced with skyrocketing legal costs, had to raise property taxes, and another was forced to cut personnel and special events and even outsource its library.

In other words, the Treason Lobby is threatening to spend enough money to litigate patriot legislation to death (with a little help from friendly liberal judges). This is nothing less than an open expression of contempt for democracy—and remember, these are illegal immigrants the $PLC is insisting on imposing on Americans.

Of course, this raises the question of the $PLC`s lavish funding—and why it hasn`t returned the Madoff-tainted money it got from the Picower Foundation.

But it also raises an even more important question. I said when concluding our Emergency Appeal last spring:

I can’t think of another issue like immigration, where the American people feel so overwhelming one way, but the American elites so hysterically and intolerantly the other. It is now eighteen years since I wrote my Time To Rethink Immigration? cover story for National Review, which became my 1995 book Alien Nation. I have to admit that I never thought the reasonable arguments I presented would be met with such unscrupulous and sustained savagery—or that so many putative allies would quail and flee.

I still believe that the historic American nation will regain control of its destiny. But I find myself remembering the last words of the harbinger of an earlier great convulsive national struggle: “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.” I don’t think America’s post-1965 immigration disaster will end in violence (although of course there is constant under-reported violence on the Mexican border and elsewhere). But I do now believe that achieving patriotic immigration reform will leave American politics and culture transformed much more radically, and painfully, than anyone now imagines.

Potok`s arrogant intransigence is just another example of why I now believe the immigration debate is going to end in tears.

But it will end. And for whatever is coming, the Treason Lobby has only itself to blame.

SPLC`s Mark Potok Inadvertently Reveals Agenda, Motive, Method

Mark Potok, the Southern Poverty Law Center`s underpaid hitman, has posted a HuffPo column [Nativist Laws Wreak Havoc Across Nation, January 24, 2010] puffing the SPLC`s just-issued report attacking the desperate efforts of American to protect themselves from illegal aliens at the local level, a result of Washington`s paralysis. The ultimate target (“Behind all of this stands one man”) seems to be Kris Kobach, chief counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, whose election as Kansas Secretary of State last November was part of the immigration patriot movement`s glacial but inexorable advance into politics, something the $PLC and its backers want to stop at all costs.

Kobach for President!

Probably because MSM coverage of the $PLC is so uncritical, Potok unguardedly makes two telling admissions. First, he writes:

“Kobach`s affiliation with FAIR is important. For most of the last three decades, FAIR has been working, as its founder John Tanton once wrote, to preserve “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Although the organization is typically less than candid about its motives, its president Dan Stein has sounded similar notes.”

(Links added)

Absurdly, Potok`s only evidence for this allegation against Dan is a remark he made about the motives of the backers of the 1965 Immigration Act (they sought “to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance”) in “a heretofore unknown oral history housed in a university library” back in 1994!

That`s not just “less than candid”. It`s non-existent.

And, anyway, are we not allowed to ask about the Treason Lobby`s motives now? In which case, I will compound the offense: the “European-American majority” is being abolished by immigration, which is a matter of public policy. The onus is on those who favor that policy to explain their motives.

So: why does the $PLC want to abolish the European-American majority?

Second, Potok blusters menacingly:

“…in the aftermath of Arizona`s adoption of the highly controversial S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant statute, legislators in at least six other states and uncounted numbers of cities and towns are considering proposals for similar laws.

They may want to think twice. The towns that passed nativist laws in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas and Nebraska, along with the state of Arizona, have spent millions of dollars to defend them in court, and almost every judicial decision so far has gone against them. One community, faced with skyrocketing legal costs, had to raise property taxes, and another was forced to cut personnel and special events and even outsource its library.”

In other words, the Treason Lobby is threatening to spend enough money to litigate patriot legislation to death (with a little help from friendly liberal judges). This is nothing less than an open expression of contempt for democracy—and remember, these are illegal immigrants the $PLC is insisting on imposing on Americans.

Of course, it raises the question of the $PLC`s lavish funding—and why it hasn`t returned the Madoff-tainted money it got from the Picower Foundation.

But it also raises an even more important question. I said when concluding our Emergency Appeal last spring:

“I can`t think of another issue like immigration, where the American people feel so overwhelming one way, but the American elites so hysterically and intolerantly the other. It is now eighteen years since I wrote my Time To Rethink Immigration? cover story for National Review, which became my 1995 book Alien Nation. I have to admit that I never thought the reasonable arguments I presented would be met with such unscrupulous and sustained savagery—or that so many putative allies would quail and flee.

“I still believe that the historic American nation will regain control of its destiny. But I find myself remembering the last words of the harbinger of an earlier great convulsive national struggle: “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.” I don`t think America`s post-1965 immigration disaster will end in violence (although of course there is constant under-reported violence on the Mexican border and elsewhere). But I do now believe that achieving patriotic immigration reform will leave American politics and culture transformed much more radically, and painfully, than anyone now imagines.”

Potok`s arrogant intransigence is just another example of why I now believe the immigration debate is going to end in tears.

But it will end. And for whatever is coming, the Treason Lobby has only itself to blame.

Peter Brimelow (email him) is editor of VDARE.COM and author of the much-denounced Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration Disaster, (Random House – 1995) and The Worm in the Apple (HarperCollins – 2003)