Lots of Angry White People are Moving to Montana

A small town in Montana, with a population just under 20,000, is becoming a sanctuary of angry white people called “extremists.”

The AP is reporting that a slew of anti-government groups and white supremacists are settling in Kalispell, Montana, a mostly white rural area with very little job opportunities and a history of “extreme activists.”

Experts say the number of radical right groups is growing across the country because of the poor state of the economy, rising immigration and fears that President Barack Obama’s administration has an agenda to curtail individual liberties.

They include so-called patriot groups, which fear one-world government and don’t accept the federal government’s authority. And they like northwest Montana because there is no dominant major city with liberal politics. It also has a deep libertarian streak and live-and-let-live attitude, said Travis McAdam, executive director of the Helena-based Montana Human Rights Network, an anti-hate group.

“A lot of anti-government energy has been building up over the last couple of years,” McAdam said.

In January, an attempt was made in Spokane to bomb the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The bomb was found and disarmed before it could explode. The FBI called it an act of domestic terrorism that could have killed and injured many people.

White supremacist Kevin Harpham has been charged in the case and could face life in prison. His trial begins in August.

A patriot group called Flathead Liberty Bell held a convention just last weekend, featuring right-wing speakers and sale of survival gear for what organizers believe is a coming showdown with federal authorities. It was a flashback to the 1990s, when groups like the Militia of Montana regularly held such expos, McAdam said.

The number of hate groups and patriot groups, which do not all share beliefs and conduct, has been growing across the country since Obama was elected in 2008, according to an annual report by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., which tracks extremist groups and individuals. “Montana is developing into a hotbed,” said Mark Potok, director of the SPLC Intelligence Project.

SPLC’s 2010 compilation of active hate groups found 1,002 nationwide, with no more than 12 in the Inland Northwest between Missoula and Spokane. Area residents complain hate group activities here seem to draw more attention than they do in other regions of the country. “We have a small population, so they get noticed more,” said Travis Suzuki, a 22-year-old Missoula college student.

“We feel very safe around here,” said Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher, who said there is no indication tourism has been hurt by the presence of these groups, or that government employees have been threatened. A fast-growing city of 20,000 hemmed in by the Rocky Mountains and Flathead Lake, Kalispell has a strong tourist industry thanks to its lakes, golf courses and ski resorts, and it’s a major gateway to Glacier National Park.

Montana developed a reputation as a place for violent extremists in the mid-1990s with the capture of “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski and a standoff involving a patriot group called the Montana Freemen. The Unabomber was the FBI code name for Kaczynski, who engaged in a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people. He was living near Lincoln, Mont., when he was arrested in 1996.

The Montana Freemen were a Christian Patriot group based outside the town of Jordan. Members expressed belief in individual sovereignty and in 1996 engaged in an 81-day armed standoff with the FBI before surrendering. Some of the more well-known figures in the anti-government movement are re-emerging in the Kalispell area, according to news reports and the SPLC.

They include former Aryan Nations member Karl Gharst, who last year screened a movie, “Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS,” at the Kalispell library. The showing drew 200 protesters. White supremacist April Goede and her twin daughters — who once formed the racist pop singing group Prussian Blue — have moved to Kalispell.

Others include patriot leader and former Constitution Party vice presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin, who believes the U.S. is headed for a fight between big-government globalists and independent patriots; Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, which wants law enforcement officers and military personnel to sign an oath against a one-world government conspiracy; and Randy Weaver, whose standoff with federal marshals at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 kick-started the modern patriot movement.

Fisher said the Kalispell community does have its limits, as Gharst found out when he showed the pro-Nazi movie. But groups espousing their own views on government are tolerated. “Montana has a live and let live mentality, and respect for each other’s privacy and beliefs,” the mayor said. “Sometimes that leads to people with beliefs outside the norm finding refuge in the Flathead Valley.”

Welp … there goes the neighborhood!

[AP/Yahoo News]

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  • What the article fails to note, as usual, is that the SPLC can’t seem to locate many of the “groups” it claims are “out there.”

    In fact, of the 1,002 “hate groups” alleged by the SPLC nationwide, they cannot provide as much as a city or town location for 262 of them, that’s 26% off the top.

    A new SPLC press release being regurgitated as “news” claims that there are 54 “hate groups” between Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, yet they can’t find more than a quarter of them

    In nearby Wyoming, 4 out of 5 of their “groups” are phantoms, and in North Dakota, a full 100% of their “groups” are homeless.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-8u

    On March 23, 2011, Mark Potok, public relations guru for the SPLC, finally admitted that the KKK was virtually non-existent, but he STILL managed to pad his “Hate Map” with 221 Klan chapters. That’s ANOTHER 22% off the top.

    “But Potok said the Klan has disintegrated. “There is no Klan now,” he said, only a collection of squabbling organizations. (www.sanluisobispo.com, March 23, 2011

    Seriously, would it kill anyone in the media to actually vet SPLC fund-raising propaganda for accuracy before mindlessly spewing it out as “news”??

  • PAUL rEVERE

    Whoever wrote this article sounds Pro-Globalist to me!
    keep drinking your Flouride Water and eating your GMO corn from Monsanto and the Globalists eugenics program will have one less in the population to cut down!

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  • John Bryans Fontaine

    What Jesus did is exactly what every pastor, Christian, conservative, and every other real American should do: rise up against these moneychangers and drive them out of power! – Chuck Baldwin

    MY FEELING AS A CHRISTIAN POINTS ME TO MY LORD AND SAVIOUR AS A FIGHTER. IT POINTS ME TO THE MAN WHO ONCE IN LONELINESS, SURROUNDED ONLY BY A FEW FOLLOWERS, RECOGNIZED THESE JEWS FOR WHAT THEY WERE AND SUMMONED MEN TO THE FIGHT AGAINST THEM AND WHO, GOD’S TRUTH! WAS GREATEST NOT AS SUFFERER BUT AS FIGHTER. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before – the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago – a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people. –
    Adolf Hitler

  • Karl Gharst

    Comments to “A lot of Angry White People…”

    “…those living in Judea flee into the mountains… …for it was better for them in Sodom and Gomorrah in that day than it will be (here) in the land on His day…”
    That’s probably why they are coming here! Part of “come out from among them lest ye share in her plagues” (Rev.18:6) and hundreds more Scriptures commanding interracial and interfaith separation – without exception – which is the Christian idea that the State of Montana and Our United States was founded upon.
    In just a few generations all that lands that once belonged to the White European Peoples of the Earth have been commandeered by pirates who, like their father, Cain, believe “that if they can destroy the righteous from the Earth, then God would have no choice but to accept them!” They little know why our race is called Christian!
    In the “extremist” article you tag Burgert and Kazinski in with “white nationalism.” Not hardly! Spokane MLK Parade bomber Kevin Harpham was well known to have had multiple conversations with ADL spooks Craig Cobb and Alex Linder before planting his bomb! Cobb engineered 40 years in prison for a “speech crime” for Matt Hale and was the intellectual author of the murders of Chicago Judge Leftkow’s family.
    April is selling her daughter’s lovely voices on CD while the twins are cashing checks from the kind-hearted fools at the other end of the spectrum of racial understanding with their “save the twins from the racist April.” There is only one reason she and Mark Harrington attacked the lady at the library last year. Her handlers told her they wanted violence to shut down the showing of films the rabbis don’t want you to see!
    Travis McAdam is the handler for Baldwin, Skees and Rhodes as well. None of the above mention people, with the possible exception of Matt Hale ever has stood in any way for a National State for White Christendom as a solution to both our own problems and the whole World’s problems. Yet, the children cry out to God, and He assembles His Army and soon this will all happen.
    I, on the other hand, was brought to Kalispell in the back of a squad car and didn’t have any choice in the matter. You must have needed me pretty bad!
    Ashkenaz is the grandson of Japheth and therefore not in the lineage of Israel. His father is Gomer for which Gomorrah gets its name! (Gen.10:3) Your friend in Christ, Karl Gharst