Monday, July 12, 2010

Tom Emmer: The Dog Whistler III

Here’s more evidence that Tom Emmer is dog whistling to the Patriot crowd with his “sovereign individuals” language in a bill that he authored to amend the Minnesota Constitution to permit nullification of federal law. This is from the NBC Nightly News.

Here are the first few words of the amendment that Emmer proposes:
Citizens of Minnesota are sovereign individuals . . .
MNO pointed the video out to me in a link to Dave Neiwert and Crooks and Liars. In his post, Neiwert quotes Alex Seitz-Wald at Think Progress:
While the sovereign citizen movement has existed for some time, its popularity appears to be growing in a climate where the anti-government rhetoric of the tea party movement has become commonplace. Former President Clinton, speaking at the Center for American Progress Action Fund in April, “drew parallels” between the anti-government tone that preceded the Oklahoma City Bombing “and the political tumult of today.” Sadly, several recent incidents of right-wing extremist violence — including the West Memphis shootings — suggest he may be right.

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