Beck, Farah, Bachmann, Ron Paul on 'patriot' hit list

Townhall.comLeft-leaning group releases ranking of Americans it says should be watched

Posted: April 21, 2010 8:40 pm Eastern

By Joe Kovacs © 2010 WorldNetDaily

What do Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Joseph Farah have in common?

They're all prominently featured in a new list of 40 "patriots" and "enablers" that a left-leaning group thinks Americans should be concerned about.

In its new report titled, "Meet the Patriots," the Southern Poverty Law Center states: "In the last year and a half, militias and the larger antigovernment 'patriot' movement have exploded, accompanied by the rapid expansion of other sectors of the radical right. This spectacular growth is the result of several factors, including anger over major political, demographic and economic changes in America, along with the popularization of radical ideas and conspiracy theories by ostensibly mainstream politicians and media commentators."

It defines "patriots" as "people who generally believe that the federal government is an evil entity that is engaged in a secret conspiracy to impose martial law, herd those who resist into concentration camps, and force the United States into a socialistic 'New World Order.'"

The report calls Fox News host Glenn Beck "the Ringmaster" of the movement, noting, "With his weepy, chalkboard-scrawling appeals to Americans fearful that their government is leading them down the path to ruin, Glenn Beck has rocketed up the ladder of conservative icons and is using his popularity to directly shape a far-right resurgence."