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The company they keep

The folks on Right Wing Avenue will be having a little gathering this Saturday in Sanford [1]. The event is billed as “A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop.” It’s co-sponsored by the Locke Foundation, a Locke initiative known as the North Carolina History Project, the Lee County branch of Americans for Prosperity and a group called Moore Tea Citizens. 

By all appearance, this is but the latest in a series of such events of this ilk — ultra-conservative Pope employees with degrees waxing poetic and nostalgic about the genius of propertied old white guys in wigs and knee breeches.

Still, it’s always fun to check out some of the co-sponsors of these shindigs to see just how long it takes to get to the seamy underbelly of the modern American right.

Check out, for instance, the website of the Moore Tea Citizens [2] and some of the places it leads.

There’s this page entitled “1963 Communist Goals” [3] in which the rant of Florida congressman from a half-century ago is reprinted as some sort of prescient prognostication.

This page [4] in which the group promotes the rather pathetic idea of Glenn Beck building a clothing manufacturing business in Mt. Airy. 

And then there’s this page entitled “I believe” [5] in which visitors can listen to a sermon by a Baptist preacher about “The Heart of America” and learn about a conservative Christian group called the Black Robes Regiment [6]. This group, in turn, happily redirects visitors to its website to a virtual who’s who of the extreme right [7] — from the John Birch Society [8] to Worldnet Daily [9] to something called the Free State Project [10] — a strange little initiative to recruit 20,000 “libertarians” to move to New Hampshire as part of an effort that the founders say was inspired by separatist movements elsewhere,

Of course, these people are entitled to their beliefs — however wacky they may be. It would be interesting, however, to hear what the Pope groups and their allies in politics have to say about them and their causes (and to find out which ones they endorse and which ones they’re willing to disavow).