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SPLC Confused? Attacks Anti-War, Weed Activist as being from “Extreme Right”

May 29, 2012
Tenth Amendment Center
5/28/2012

Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center released its latest report, 30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right. Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin found himself mixed in among the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Muslim personalities highlighted in the report.

The SPLC characterizes the Tenth Amendment Center as “on the political far right,” a description Boldin called “amusing.” The TAC founder pointed out that the organization opposes detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, civil liberty violating aspects of the Patriot Act and presidential war power abuses, not to mention an unconstitutional federal “War on Drugs” that cages millions of minorities and criminalizes thousands of people simply seeking some pain relief. Not exactly a laundry list of right wing causes.

“Dude, I don’t know what these people are smoking, but it appears they’re calling for a mass arrest of thousands of sick cancer patients that use marijuana,” Boldin said.

TAC communications director Mike Maharrey called the SPLC’s apparent disdain for the idea that states possess the power and authority to nullify unconstitutional federal acts “ironic” in light of its application during the 1840s and 1850s. Northern states nullified fugitive slave acts, passing “Personal Liberty Laws” that guaranteed due process for blacks accused of escaping slavery and forbid state cooperation with federal slave catchers.

“These guys claim to champion minority rights, particularly those of African-Americans, yet they poo-poo a principle that was successfully used to protect blacks. I guess, the SPLC would have supported returning accused fugitive slaves to servitude without any kind of due process and with the full cooperation of state officials,” Maharrey said. “Apparently, maintaining a centralized power structure is more important than actually protecting the rights of individuals to the folks over at the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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