Tom Tancredo

When the GOP completely abandoned immigration control in the late 90s, the early years of the Bush administration, he set up to bring attention to this important issue back again. I do not agree with everything Peter has written, or other writers for VDARE. Like most groups opposing mass immigration, it publishes a wide variety writers who argue that our polices are bad for both conservative and liberal reasons. It is worth noting, for the claims of the site being “white nationalist,” VDARE publishes many non-white who argue that immigration hurts minorities.

It is also important to note that these attacks have nothing to do with Pro-English or Peter Brimelow. They are only being made because three of the four major GOP presidential candidates—Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich—are speaking at CPAC. In effect, the media is attacking Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum for speaking at a conference with dozens of speakers, a couple of whom are allegedly associated with a group that once associated with a group that is supposedly racist. At the same time, they ignore direct links Obama has to anti-American racists like Jeremiah Wright and terrorists like Bill Ayers.

As Ann Coulter notes in her book Guilty, “[E]ven assuming everything the Southern Poverty Law Center says about it is true,” the Council of Conservative Citizens “does not hold a candle to the racism of Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ. Obama was married by Reverend Wright, his daughters were baptized by the Reverend Wright. Obama gave his second autobiography the title of one of the Reverend Wright's sermons. And yet after decades of majoring in Guilt by Association , liberals were indignant when an ad on cable television linked Obama and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr. “

One of Peter Brimelow’s best known quips is that the new meaning for a racist is anyone who has won an argument with a liberal. This fact does conservatives no good when they run away from a battle as soon as someone screams “racist.”

Congressman Steve King (R-IA), who joined the panel with Vandervoort and Brimelow, was confronted by a reporter afterwards with the claim that the two were “white nationalists.” As Dave Weigel reported in Slate, “When told that the white nationalist designation had come from the Southern Poverty Law Center, King laughed. ‘I wouldn’t take them seriously,’ he said. ‘No, not at all.’”

Instead of cowering in fear whenever the Southern Poverty Law Center or other left wing groups baselessly attack us as being racist, we should take a page from Congressman King and laugh them off.

Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009 where he chaired the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as co-chairman of Team America PAC and president of the Rocky Mountain Foundation. He authored "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security.