A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!
Just An Inside Glimpse At the Mindset of Extremist Right-Wing Politics
Returning Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has some new friends, at least we think they are new. You know, he couldn’t have picked a more disreputable group of people to run around with, but then he really isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box.
Stockman was born and raised in Michigan, but migrated to Texas – which is a pretty good place for a born-again, Southern Baptist, Christian extremist. I’m sure he fits right in with the Rick Perry crowd. He previously served for a couple of years in the House of Representatives back in 1995-1997. He lost his next bid for the seat in a run-off election.
After his brief stint in Congressman he took a faculty job with the uber-conservative Leaderhip Institute where he was engaged in training young people in right-wing extremism.
Now he’s back. Having won a seat in Congress again, Stockman has been plying his trade as an extremist extraordinaire. Upset with Obama after the Sandy Hook school shootings and his belief that the President’s number one agenda is to take everyone’s guns away, Stockman decided to fight back. On his website he held a drawing for a free Bushmaster AR15 Rifle to be given away on Independence Day.
His campaign website also offers bumper stickers that read, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”
Well, ever the zealot, Steve Stockman has now hooked up with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution as well as Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners of America. Stockman, along with the two groups has filed an Amicus Brief in United States v. Abramski.
The case is one based around Abramski giving false information when purchasing a firearm. According to the complaint:
“When his uncle, Angel Alvarez, expressed a desire for a Glock 19 handgun, Bruce Abramski offered to make the purchase. As a former police officer, Abramski received a professional discount for the gun purchase that his uncle was not eligible for. When making the purchase, Abramski filled out ATF Form 4473, which contained several “yes-or-no” questions. One of the questions asked whether he was the actual purchaser of the firearm. The question also stated, “Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.” Abramski answered “yes” to the question, buying the Glock 19 for his uncle. Alvarez mailed Abramski a check for the price of the handgun, and Abramski transferred the weapon to his uncle in Pennsylvania through a licensed firearms dealer.”
Abramski pled guilty, but reserved his right to appeal, which is what he is doing. The Amicus Brief, in short, makes the following claim:
“At the heart of the Government’s case against Mr. Abramski is a “straw purchase” theory based neither in law nor regulation that it is impermissible for a person to purchase a firearm from an FFL if the transferee is acting as an agent for a third party, who furnished the funds for the purchase, even if both parties are eligible under state and federal law to possess a firearm.”
The rub isn’t that Abramski is appealing, or that Stockman and others filed the brief. The problem with all of this is that a United States Congressman has teamed up with individuals and organizations known to be White Supremacists.
Michael Peroutka is a high-ranking board member in the League of the South. For a description of the LOS, we turn to the Southern Poverty Law Center which has this to say:
“The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.”
From the LOS website:
“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America. We call this ‘abjuring the realm,’ and it’s a real and dramatic first step all of us can take by simply withdrawing our support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled our future. … Once our Southern culture is re-established, then the political issues will begin to take care of themselves. Good leaders flow naturally out of a healthy culture; however, power-hungry, self-seeking politicians are all we can expect from the debased cultural climate we have today.”
Peroutka’s Institute On The Constitution claims that its mission is to “help individuals across America to understand and appreciate their own history and heritage by reacquainting them with the worldview and vision of our Founding Fathers. Michael Peroutka’s “worldvision” is that of a dominionist Christian. According to Peroutka, the Separation of Church and State “refers to the fact that the jurisdiction and functions of these two God-ordained institutions are separate and distinct from each other. What it doesn’t mean that either of these institutions is independent from God and His law.”
It’s interesting to note that in the 2008 Presidential elections Perouka was being considered for Ron Paul’s Vice Presidential pick.
Larry Pratt and Gun Owner’s of America ranks right up there with Peroutka and his cult. In many ways, Pratt is even more of a threat. The Southern Poverty Law Center tells us:
“Larry Pratt, a gun rights absolutist whose Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been described as “eight lanes to the right” of the National Rifle Association, may well be the person who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.
“In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of “citizen defense patrols” used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.
“Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.
“It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.
“Pratt, whose GOA has grown since its 1975 founding to some 150,000 members today, hit the headlines in a big way when his associations with Peters and other professional racists were revealed, convincing arch-conservative Pat Buchanan to eject him as a national co-chair of Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign.
“The same year, it emerged that Pratt was a contributing editor to a periodical of the anti-Semitic United Sovereigns of America, and that his GOA had donated money to a white supremacist attorney’s group.
“Pratt is today close to the extremist Constitution Party and its radical theology.”
The “radical theology” that they have ascribed to the Constitution Party is, decidedly, Dominionist. Interestingly, Pratt has served as a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as well as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He comes to us straight out of the Dominionist, and secretive, Council for National Policy.
On another side note, Pratt is a close ally of Ron Paul and supported him in his bid for President. According to Ron Paul Gun Owner’s of America is “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”
Gun Owner’s of America currently has over 300,00 members.
Steve Stockman is the sterotypical ReBiblican politician. His campaign endorsements read like a who’s who of the extremist right, including: Tim & Beverley LaHaye; Richard Viguerie; Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association (Another hate group); Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund and Patrick Henry College; Ted Nugent; and Pastor Chuck Baldwin.
This is who Texans in the 36th Congressional District elected to represent them. There are over 200 others who grace our House of Representatives with their radical, extremist presence. In truth, it should scare the hell out of any sane, rational American. We can only hope that the next election will change the encroaching Christian Nationalist ideology that continues to erode our liberties and our very way of life.