I have been saying for a long time that the republican and tea parties are just mouthpieces for the American white supremacist movement. Based on a hunch, I decided to go to the official site of the KKK and read the platform of the “Knight’s Party.” You can verify that this IS the official platform of the Ku Klux Klan by clicking here and visiting the hate group’s official website.
First and foremost, the KKK claims that:
“There is a race war against whites.”
It’s the same as claiming that reverse-racism is a real problem for white people.
And where have we heard this before? It is the exact same propaganda being promoted by Fox News, by right wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and by right wing politicians like Mo Brooks. It’s also the same propaganda that is being distributed by the “Official Tea Party USA” website.
The official platform of the Knight’s Party (KKK) also includes the following:
1. “The recognition that America was founded as a Christian nation.”
This is the first line from the official platform of the KKK. The underlying idea here is that if you accept the false premise that America was founded as a Christian nation, you will also accept the false (and unchristian) premise that it’s ok to hate, discriminate and segregate everyone who is not a Christian.
Where have heard this Christian nation stuff before? Fox News, Tea Party representatives like Michelle Bachmann, talk show personalities like Rush Limbaugh and everywhere else right wing propaganda is spun. From the Official Tea Party website:
“The Tea Party includes those who possess a strong belief in the foundational Judeo-Christian values embedded in our great founding documents.”
2. “The recognition that America was founded as a white nation.”
As Mitt Romney would say, it’s the ‘Anglo-saxon heritage‘ white people share with the people of Europe, that President Obama just can’t understand. We can see this as clear as day in this recent article about the situation in Ferguson, which appeared in the Tea Party Tribune on August 20. There’s also the non-stop revisionist history lessons taking place on Fox News.
. 3. “Abolish all affirmative action programs.”
White people are being discriminated against. It’s totally unfair to white people if other people are given a fair chance. Again, we see this propaganda being disseminated via Fox News, republican politicians, and of course, republican talk radio personalities.
4. “Put American Troops on the Borders and Stop the Flood of Illegals.”
“America is being over run by illegal immigrants mostly from nonwhite countries who do not share the Christian European values of our nation’s founders.”
5. “Abolish all anti-gun laws and encourage every adult to own a weapon.”
This sounds remarkably similar to the position of the GOP and tea party.
6. “Drug testing all welfare recipients.”
Again, a policy strongly promoted by GOP and tea party politicians, pundits and media personalities. It has been struck down by federal courts because the idea behind it is deeply rooted in stereotypes and racist ideas.
7. “Balance the budget.”
Yes this is a part of the official KKK platform.
8. “Privatization of the public school system.”
“We must remove the humanist influence in our schools and teach fact based curriculum to further the students knowledge not someone’s opinion. Parents should have the option of private or home schooling if they prefer and students should be free to practice their Christian faith in the classroom.”
In it’s official platform, the KKK states that the group wants to abolish the National Education Association and children’s protective services, as well.
Below is the rest of the KKK agenda. It’s clear that all of these policies mirror those of the republican and tea parties.
9. “Restoring individual freedom to Christian America.”
“People should be allowed to hire who they want, live where they want and practice the Christian faith as they please. Likewise people should be able to sell to whom they want , rent to whom they want and socialize and conduct business with who they want. The government should not interfere with the everyday lives of white Christian Americans.”
10. “Sovereignty of the states.”
“Each state should be able to officially declare that any power of law not directly given to the federal government by the constitution can be nullified by the state congress. We furthermore recognize that the 10th Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states to be an agent of the states instead of the states being an agent of the federal government.”
11. “Everyone who can work, should work.”
12. “A strong defense department.”
(Women should be excluded from combat.)
“We believe that the defense dept. should consist of volunteers of both men and women with women being excluded from combat positions.”
13. Outlaw abortion.
14. Outlaw homosexuality.
“This is a Christian nation and the Bible condemns homosexual activity and the perversion of our society which it encourages.”
15. Death penalty (and extend it to include rapists and child molesters.)
16. A flat tax rate.
“A flat income tax should be introduced to allow for the funding of community, state and federal projects.
This should be the one and only tax allowed. It is the only fair way to collect revenue and does not discriminate against any economic class.”
On the KKK’s official website, the Klan states the following in relation to its goal of becoming “the leader of the White racialist movement’:
Through a strong organized show of leadership
Through the training and use of qualified media representatives
Through a concerted effort of all Klansmen and Klanswomen to carefully follow instructions, suggestions, and guidelines as set by headquarters and to continually strive to be THE BEST.
In relation to the Klan’s goal of “becoming the representative and driving force behind the White Community,” there’s this:
Through an aggressive use of television, radio, and print advertising
Through huge nationwide literature drives in which millions of people are reached with our literature.
To legally break through the liberal wall that surrounds America’s colleges and universities – to reach and instruct students in the reclaiming of their schools.
Through the effective use of project committees to assist in the re-education of law enforcement agencies and the educational establishment. These two very important groups must be given another side of the story instead of only receiving information from organizations such as the ADL, NAACP, or ACLU.
You can compare the agenda of the KKK with the agenda of the republican and tea parties, to determine for yourself what, if any, differences there are between them.