> Is being a patriot "criminal"? Certainly, when the nation was founded, "patriot"
> equaled "traitor" in the eyes of the King George III. And, nowadays, it is
> the same, under the so-called Patriot Act, in which constitutional rightsare
> stripped away and those disfavored by George W. Bush subjected to search,
> seizure, arrest, detention and, even, torture. Under this "War-on-Patriots",
> carried out by Mexican Attorney-General Alfredo Gonzales, patriots have
> been ordered under "surveillance," even without probable cause, simply
> because they oppose White-House policies, illegal aliens and the criminal
> war on Iraq and Afghanistan. The pretext is that they are engaged in
> drug-dealing, robbery and "gangsterism."
> Rob Buck of Denver professed to be a "patriot" and showed up occasionally
> at patriotic gatherings. But, he never quite "fit in" because he had long
> hair, circulated in hippy circles and, eventually, died of a drug-overdose.
> Troy Eck of Ogden insisted that he "hated" minorities, but sported a
> large-letter "A" tattooed on his neck, which he said stood for "anarchy."
> "I hate everybody," he conceded. Some pick a name to signify defiance
> or pride, only to use it as a "front" for unsavory activities. John Liggett of
> San Francisco said that he even associated patriots automatically with
> "gangsters," until Joe Rainville "opened my eyes." "He showed me that
> being a patriot is far more than just a gang, which is the way I had thought
> of it," Liggett stated.
> Much propaganda that patriots are "criminals" is fueled by groups and
> individuals who call themselves "patriots," but which do nothing to dispel
> criminality. Chester Doles of Atlanta claimed to be "patriotic," but pleaded
> guilty to amassing an illegal arsenal. A man with a lengthy rap-sheet
> unfurled the flag of Matt Hale, imprisoned for conspiring to kill a judge,
> at a Toledo government building, while supposedly condemning "black
> crime." However, the man turned out to be an anarchist, who denounced
> the "ruling classes" and "democratic" institutions. On the other hand,
> Robert Tarpley of Salt Lake was placed on a police "watch" list, for
> being a "white supremacist." He was, then, accused of masterminding
> a bomb-plot against Jews. All charges were dropped, however, for lack
> of evidence.
> According to Liggett, "I have met many who professed to be on the
> right side, but most weren't truly into the movement and their conduct
> didn't come across as something I wanted to emulate." However, "The
> Nationalist Movement is appealing to me and is something I want to be
> a part of because it is not just a 'hate' group." Liggett explains that
> "I want to be part of something positive for our people and help to
> achieve a lasting effect." Loring Draper, head of the Ogden "Metro Gang
> Unit," claimed that "white supremacists" invariably "turn to crime" and
> that thirty-five of them have gone to prison for drug-offenses and robbery.
> However, Draper could not name one offender affiliated with any bona
> bide, patriotic organization.
> Kirk Egan of Salt Lake, who heads a Salt-Lake-based police "intelligence"
> unit, claims that "white supremacists" are "growing all over the nation"
> and have "absolutely exploded" in numbers, requiring "monitoring" by
> his department. Rainville counters Egan by insisting that patriots "make
> ourselves better examples to others." He explains that he has taken on
> the role of "elder," in "pushing our young men to educate themselves,
> become physically and mentally fit and enlighten those who have the wrong
> impression about what they are truly all about." Rainville underscores
> family-values, Eugenics, law-abiding and democracy as core, patriotic
> values. "I believe in mental-stimulation," he says, "because education
> is power."
> Rainville recommends that patriots conduct "quizzes" of their compatriots,
> to assure that new recruits are trained in the "Nine Noble Virtues" of
> "courage, truth, honor, responsibility, loyalty, strength, industriousness,
> hospitality and pride." Travis Golie of Des Moines bristles at patriots
> being "investigated" without cause. "We are merely servants of our
> people," he declares, "who defend majority-rights. We are proud
> Nationalists, who stand up for an all-American America." Golie says
> that "while Communists hide under 'liberalism,' we proclaim patriotism.
> We'll stand before any judge, employer or lawmaker as legal-activists."
> Rainville added that he had broken some laws, in the past, but "paid for
> my weakness and mistakes and learned better."
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