of the 'Right Wing' Agenda?
Margaret L. Kempf
The Washington Times, October 4, 1998, page B5
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concerned about right-wing organizations. One such group is the
Council of Conservative Citizens in St. Louis. Their "Citizens
Informer" newsletter featured a smiling Rep. Bob Barr addressing
their conference and board meeting last June.
disgusting that Mr. Barr, a member of the House Judiciary Committee,
would associate himself with the Council of Conservative Citizens.
Council attracts some Republicans, but they are more than just
conservative! They are so right-wing that they are first cousins
to the Ku Klux Klan. For example, they revere the Confederacy
and its values ("values" which tortured African-Americans).
A pet project seems to be restoring the Confederate battle flag
to respectability. They stubbornly reject any opposition to this
idea. Southern Patriots and Sons of Confederate Veterans flock
to the Council as they pursue their agendas.
Council's newsletters contain repulsive articles. Many smear Martin
Luther King as a lecherous communist, and Abraham Lincoln as a
tyrant. Civil rights, interracial marriage, affirmative action,
etc., are on their hit list. Their most recent newsletter (which
featured the photos of Bob Barr and an article by Trent Lott)
contained one especially galling piece. A column by Robert Patterson
glorified white civilization and urged that it not be polluted
by black men marrying white women. In other words, the usual David
Duke drivel that African-American males are sub-human and violent
(German stormtroopers weren't).
can Mr. Barr claim moral superiority over President Clinton, when
he himself is friendly with such an ugly, white-power group? Is
Mr. Barr ignorant of their true agenda? Is he comfortable with
Rebel flags, reverencing of slavers and butchers like Nathan Bedford
Forrest, and a callous disregard for the horrors of slavery and
I called Mr. Barr's office, and twice I received the same denial
of his association with this group. Since the Council is but one
step above the Klan, Mr. Barr should explain his involvement,
lest his own integrity be compromised.