League of the South Divorces GOP


In news that could either be fortuitous or dangerous — or both — a leader of the League of the South has publicly declared that the secessionist, southern nationalist organization and those who agree with them can no longer work with the Republican Party.

Michael Hill, the increasingly militant head of the neo-Confederate League of the South, has reached a conclusion following the revelation this week that Jack Hunter, an aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has long harbored neo-Confederate beliefs: It may no longer be possible for the radical right to work within the confines of mainstream politics, or, specifically, the Republican Party.

“[T]here’s no place in the GOP for Southerners who wish to remain … Southerners,” Hill said in a statement quoted on the white nationalist Occidental Dissent website.

“Just so there’s no chance you’ll confuse The League with the GOP or any other ‘conservative’ group, here’s what we stand for: The survival, well being, and independence of the Southern people,” Hill said. “And by ‘the Southern people,’ we mean White Southerners who are not afraid to stand for the people of their race and religion.”

Hunter Wallace, the blogger on Occidental Dissent, agreed with Hill’s assessment, writing that “what recently happened to Roan Garcia-Quintana and now John Stortstrom … shows that the door has closed on working within the Republican Party, Conservatism, Inc., and reforming the political system.”

For the GOP, this is probably good news. For the rest of us, it may be bad news. Why? Because it could very well mean the white nationalist types are becoming even more militant and potentially violent. We’ve been hearing calls for revolution from many corners of the far right for years now, not coincidentally since Obama took office (yes, there were such calls before but they’ve increased dramatically since then). Hill himself has been urging white nationalists to stock up on AK-47s and ammunition. There’s no way that ends well for anyone.

Comments

  1. Trebuchet says

    So they’re going to go out and vote for black female Democrats now? Didn’t think so.

  2. says

    Hill himself has been urging white nationalists to stock up on AK-47s and ammunition.
    Yes, best to use these Russian/Chinese rifles against that Marxist/Commie/Muslim-in-Chief. Why not USA-made AR-15s or similar rifle? Why does he hate America? (oh, yeah, the black guy in the White House…)

  3. raven says

    This is nothing new.

    Since 9/11, two thirds of all terrorist attacks in the USA were by fundie xians and/or right wing extremists.

    There will be more by these groups, that is guaranteed.

    They carried out the terrorist incidents nearest my house. One guy got in a shootout with the cops while on his way to bomb an environmental group. Some xians firebombed the local mosque.

  4. raven says

    How does the League of the South differ from the Ku Klux Klan?

    AFAICT, they are about the same.

  5. unbound says

    It may no longer be possible for the radical right to work within the confines of mainstream politics, or, specifically, the Republican Party.

    So, the Republican Party isn’t becoming extremist quick enough for them? The Republican Party is already substantially more radical right than they were just 20 years ago.

  6. matty1 says

    So they’re going to go out and vote for black female Democrats now?

    Most likely they’re not going to vote at all, which is good if they just stay home and pray to sweet Aryan Jebus but bad if they decide to try and stage an armed rebellion.

  7. Larry says

    Well there goes a couple dozen votes for the GOP. League of the South sounds like a bunch of fat, redneck, bubbas who get together to drink shine, fire of their guns, and rail at the nigger-in-chief and then go home to beat their wife and kids.

  8. sailor1031 says

    How come it’s okay for Washington, Jefferson and the rest of the sainted “founding fathers” to stage an armed rebellion but it’s not okay for the league of the south? just askin’…..

  9. eric says

    The first quoted paragraph doesn’t really make sense as written. So, to clarify: they are breaking with the GOP because after Hunter’s secessionist views were exposed, Paul sent a memo around saying all his employees must respect people of all races, genders, etc. Which is probably prelude to Hunter either quitting or being let go. Also, Hunter is not the first person this has happened to; a couple other aides or campaign staffers to different GOP officials have previously gotten the boot when they were discovered to be secessionists/white supremecists. The two or three cases combined are the reason this group is breaking with the GOP.

    I tend to agree with Trebuchet, its bluster. Most of these folks will still punch the red button in the polling booth. Particularly if the blue candidate is a woman or racial minority. Or gay. Or nonchristian. Or what they perceive as liberal, which is pretty much 90% of the people on the planet.

  10. Chiroptera says

    Because it could very well mean the white nationalist types are becoming even more militant and potentially violent.

    You know, when I say that there are definite signs that the Republic is in danger and may be finally dying, it’s actually not the military spending and the national security state that I’m pointing to. It’s the signs of political chaos that may be on the horizon: the extreme obstructionalist faction in Congress, subisdiary political units which seem to be close to open defiance to the central government, and the possibility that armed politically motivated thugs may soon be roaming the streets.

    And the danger isn’t a “conservative” Republican Administration taking power into its hands, but a Democratic one who feels that authoritarian rule is necessary to control the out-of-control non-lloyal opposition.

  11. says

    For the GOP, this is probably good news. For the rest of us, it may be bad news.

    One reason this is so is that the extremists who still rule the GOP will be able to point to the League and say they’ve purged the extremists from their party, so it’s safe to vote Republican because there’s someone else making them look moderate. And lots of loyal longtime Republicans will go along with the scam, knowingly or not, out of wishful thinking, even though their party is still run by people and interest-groups every bit as ignorant, insane and malicious as the extremists they pretend to have purged.

    (And besides, who else are the League members likely to vote for in their home districts? Does anyone here really think they’ll split the staunch reactionary vote in the face of liberal pushback?)

  12. says

    And the danger isn’t a “conservative” Republican Administration taking power into its hands, but a Democratic one who feels that authoritarian rule is necessary to control the out-of-control non-lloyal opposition.

    Actually, history shows that the danger comes from a liberal movement UNWILLING to stand up for their values and put any backbone into the fight against fascism. That’s been the problem since 1980: liberals who simply can’t (or won’t) find the voice or the strength to stand up to the fascists and rally the people by speaking to them in language they can appreciate. The problem today isn’t liberals using force to control the fascists, it’s liberals who don’t even want to talk about what the fascists are doing, let alone rally people to fight it.

  13. says

    …but a Democratic one who feels that authoritarian rule is necessary to control the out-of-control non-lloyal opposition.

    I wish the Democrats WOULD use our taxpayer-funded NSA behemoth for that purpose. What else is government good for, if not to uphold our rights against bigoted terrorists and mob rule?

  14. Pen says

    Actually, history shows that the danger comes from a liberal movement UNWILLING to stand up for their values and put any backbone into the fight against fascism.

    I suppose part of being a liberal is having an aversion to building an arsenal with a view to imposing your views by force. That does tend to limit the other options. I must admit that just at this moment I’m a bit frustrated with the meme of liberals and social progressives sitting around noting that they can’t really talk and shouldn’t be listened to anyway because privilege. I think it shows a lack of understanding of the distinction between one’s private life and engagement in public affairs. It pretty much disarms them as a force to be reckoned with. To that extent I agree with you.

  15. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says

    …after they basically conquered and subjugated it? Typical narcissists.

  16. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says

    How come it’s okay for Washington, Jefferson and the rest of the sainted “founding fathers” to stage an armed rebellion but it’s not okay for the league of the south?

    Their reasons.

    just askin’…..

    No you aren’t.

  17. D. C. Sessions says

    There’s no way that ends well for anyone.

    Well, at least in comparison to rainbow unicorns.

    Compared to a relatively peaceful takeover by means of voter suppression, stacking the courts, etc. I could see a net positive outcome when a bunch of “conservatives” actually for once acted like they’ve been bragging for the past several decades. At least we’d get the whole “Southern Patriot” thing to come to a head and out in the open.

  18. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says

    I’m convinced by now that “Southern Culture” isn’t going to change without the Civil War going hot again, them losing again, and the equivalent of a Marshall Plan rather than the equivalent of the Treaty of Versailles. I’m not sure that’s what will actually happen, though. :(

  19. blf says

    Ed’s links point to the Southern Provety Law Center (an excellence resource on extremists in USAlienstan). I thought it’d be useful to quote some details from SPLC’s summary of these nutters:

    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. … The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.

    “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery. Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?”
    — Jack Kershaw, League of the South board member, 1998

    Things started falling apart for the league in 2001. Within days of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes in New York and Washington, D.C., Hill suggested that the attacks were deserved, “the natural fruits of a regime committed to multiculturalism and diversity.” This did not go over well, provoking an exodus of members. …

    The group’s increasingly hard-line positions and recruits have driven many members away. &hellikp; At a 2005 strategy meeting, the league struggled to find a handful of interested persons to attend. By 2009, [they were] claiming 25,000 members, but that seemed extremely implausible.

  20. sc_2d36966b15bcc3dd5f63e9f616ea7eaa says

    Anglo-Celtic is more specific than white. There are no Lithuanians in their paradise.

  21. laurentweppe says

    Because it could very well mean the white nationalist types are becoming even more militant and potentially violent.

    But on the plus side, they’ll have less opportunities to gain through the GOP access to high institutions and sabotage the american republic from the inside.

  22. exdrone says

    League of the South:
    It is time to grab your AK-47s and move to your personal bunkers. Quickly, now. Lock them from the inside, and stay put until you hear the secret knock. Remember, the longer you hold out, the more patriotic you are. Stand your ground.

  23. dingojack says

    :…what recently happened to Roan Garcia-Quintana and now John Stortstrom…

    OK fill me in. Briefly, what happen to to these people?

    (Stupid foreigner)

    Dingo

  24. dingojack says

    And if the Southern League does divorce the GOP who;s gonna get the floral tea set they both loathe that the GOP’s mother gave them as a wedding present?

    ;) Dingo

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