If I was to give you this definition from Wikipedia, who would you think I was describing:
The *** ****** is a loose grouping of American litigants, commentators, and financial scheme promoters. Self-described *** ***** take the position that they are answerable only to common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state or municipal levels, or that they do not recognize U.S. currency and that they are "free of any legal constraints". They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate. Participants in the movement argue this concept in opposition to "federal citizens" who, they say, have unknowingly forfeited their rights by accepting some aspect of federal law.
Did you come to the same conclusion as I did? The Tea Party?
The correct answer is Sovereign Citizens. They're the Tea Party on steroids. When the Tea Party just runs off at the mouth, the Sovereign Citizens run off with their guns -- and use them.
The tea party targets innocent people, usually politicians. The Sovereign Citizens target the police.
Now I'm not the biggest fan of cops -- but I respect them as most are good. When their large minority use bullying tactics, dangerous and irresponsible abuses of their powers, I'm generally there to comment. I only dislike the wrong doers, not the simple majority of police. The good ones deserve our appreciation and praise.
But when an organized group like the Tea Party subset, the Sovereign Citizens, sets out kill any innocent people, I am outraged. It's terrorism and the US Government has labeled it so.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies "sovereign citizens" among domestic terror threats as anti-government extremists. In 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans were "hard-core sovereign believers" with another 200,000 "just starting out by testing sovereign techniques for resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges.
I'm with the FBI on this one. And we have to fear the rapidly growing numbers.
Where are these nuts coming from? Well, there's no handbook that tells us this, but we might get an indication from this tea party description, once again from Wikki:
Among its goals are limiting the size of government, reducing government spending, lowering the national debt and opposing tax increases.To this end, Tea Party groups have protested TARP, the 2009 economic stimulus, cap and trade, health care reform, and what they see as efforts by the federal government to limit freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and gun owners' rights.Tea Party groups have also voiced support for right to work legislation as well as tighter border security, and opposed amnesty for illegals
See any similarities? I do. This is what happens when extremists go extremist.
Federal authorities have linked sovereign citizens groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly shootings of cops in Louisiana and Arkansas. On Thursday an undercover sting operation stopped a plot to abduct, torture and kill police officers in Las Vegas to bring attention to the anti-authority sovereign citizen movement.
Now if you're like me, you may have been unaware of this fringe movement. But this could be the start of Tea Part, part two. So let's shine some light on this terrorist group. Let's hope the police are kept safe. Because once these outlaws have taken down our police protection, who's to protect us from them.
Hopefully the FBI is monitoring all the actions of the Tea Party, and may need to consider labeling them as domestic terrorists as well. Look at what they're doing and what the Sovereign Citizens are doing. There isn't a giant chasm. Perhaps the Republicans who are under the Svengali trance of the Tea Party will snap too when they see where it all may be leading.
Even if this brings the Republican party back to their senses, I rather run against slightly misguided philosophy of the moderate GOP than the terrorism and total insanity of these other two groups.
GOP, come back. There's some genuine legislating to do and your sanity reclaim check is waiting for you. If you see your name on this list, come home. We can forgive you.
Senators: Rand Paul, Jerry Moran, Ted Cruz, David Vitter, Richard Burr, Marco Rubio, Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey and Mike Lee.
Representatives: Rodney Alexander, Michele Bachmann, Joe Barton, Gus Bilirakis, Rob Bishop, Diane Black, Michael C. Burgess, Paul Broun, John Carter, Bill Cassidy, Howard Coble, Mike Coffman, Ander Crenshaw, John Culberson, Jeff Duncan, Blake Farenthold, Stephen Fincher, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Phil Gingrey, Louie Gohmert, Vicky Hartzler, Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, Steve King, Doug Lamborn, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Kenny Marchant, Tom McClintock, David McKinley, Gary Miller, Mick Mulvaney, Randy Neugebauer, Rich Nugent, Steven Palazzo, Steve Pearce, Ted Poe, Tom Price, Phil Roe, Dennis Ross, Ed Royce, Steve Scalise, Pete Sessions, Joe Wilson, Adrian Smith, Lamar S. Smith, Tim Walberg, and Lynn Westmoreland.
ADDED: Meet “sovereign citizens”: Domestic terrorists who defy gov’t. authority. Some are violent, some are even hypocrites! This is a post I wrote back in April of this year.