Rep. Michele Bachmann has earned an ignominious spot in the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Rage on the Right" report on hate groups and extremist movements in the United States, which it says "came roaring back to life over the past year after more than a decade out of the limelight."
The organization found a 244 percent increase so-called patriot groups in 2009, while armed militias grew from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009.
While in the 1990s, the movement got good reviews from a few lawmakers and talk-radio hosts, some of its central ideas today are being plugged by people with far larger audiences like FOX News' Glenn Beck and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn). Beck, for instance, re-popularized a key Patriot conspiracy theory -- the charge that FEMA is secretly running concentration camps -- before finally "debunking" it.
The report also highlights something we've pointed out before: The anti-civil rights group John Birch Society was a co-sponsor of the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference. Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty were both speakers there.
[The John Birch Society] believes President Eisenhower was a Communist agent, and Oath Keepers, a Patriot outfit formed last year that suggests, in thinly veiled language, that the government has secret plans to declare martial law and intern patriotic Americans in concentration camps.
Pawlenty, to his credit, has said that while he disagree's with the president's policies, Obama is no socialist. Bachmann happily bandies around the term and calls for blood oaths against him.
SPLC is clearly keeping tabs on Bachmann. She was mentioned in its 2009 report called "The Second Wave."
In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry raised the prospect of secession several months after Obama's inauguration -- a notion first brought up there in the '90s by the militia-like Republic of Texas. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she feared that the president was planning "reeducation camps for young people," while U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), evoking memories of the discredited communist-hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy, warned of 17 "socialists" in Congress. Fox News host Glenn Beck, who has called Obama a fascist, a Nazi and a Marxist.
How are these nutters handled in deep right field? WorldNet Daily reports.