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Major Nativist Extremist Group May Be at End of its Rope

By Leah Nelson on December 2, 2011 - 2:16 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist

William Gheen, head of the nativist extremist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), is blaming the “authoritarian and dictatorial actions of Obama” for a budget shortfall that may force his group to shut down in January.

Gheen cited four “major causes” for the financial squeeze, including: (1) “The horrific political and economic environment we find ourselves in as a nation at this time”; (2) GOP presidential candidates who, he feels, are not hard-line enough on immigration; (3) “The authoritarian and dictatorial actions of Obama, who has … demoralized some of our supporters who are throwing their hands up in exhaustion instead of rallying against Obama”; and (4) “technical issues” involving the website and E-mail distribution list.

Conspicuously absent from this litany of grievances is the possibility that ALIPAC supporters are simply tired of Gheen’s antics. Never a master of public appearances, the shrill and thin-skinned nativist made national headlines in August when he told radio host Janet Mefferd that “illegal and violent” “extra-political activities” might be the only way to save “white America” from “Dictator Barack Obama.” A few days later, he botched a chance to explain himself, telling radio host Alan Colmes that it was “ridiculous” for anyone to imagine he thought violence was the only way to stop Obama, complaining of exploitation by his “political opposition.” In June, he launched an “impeach Obama” campaign, accusing the president of treason and urging his followers to “demand” action from their representatives. Three months before that, he earned a sharp rebuke from North Carolina state Rep. Rick Glazier, who according to Immigration Clearinghouse, described Gheen’s rhetoric as “ugly,” “hateful,” “vicious,” and “despicable” during a public debate over an anti-immigrant bill.

Of course, none of this comes out in his latest appeal to supporters, which focuses instead on the supposed machinations of “alien invasion supporters” plotting to take Gheen and ALIPAC down.

Exhorting his followers not to lose hope (or put away their wallets), Gheen promised to use the money he’s sure they’ll sent to remake ALIPAC sleeker and more efficient. “[W]e are going to attempt a bold, and yet risky, maneuver to launch what we are calling ALIPAC 2.0,” he wrote. In addition to E-mails and phone appeals, the group plans to raise money by auctioning off some “secondary websites,” most of which are devoted to calling for boycotts of brands Gheen believes are in cahoots with undocumented immigrants and the villainous “open borders lobby.”

Touching on the possibility that engaging in hysterical anti-Obama rhetoric and freaking out every time a GOP candidate suggests creating a path to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants may not have been the best idea, Gheen also said that ALIPAC will “greatly limit our efforts in presidential politics as our organization is not in a position of strength necessary to engage on that level and withstand the loss of support that comes with such maneuvers.”

He closed by urging his followers to keep the faith, writing in typical breathless fashion, “Necessity is the mother of invention and we are fighting for the survival of America and we are Americans who will prevail God willing.”

  • faketony

    Never reward illegal or bad behaviour unless you want more illegal or bad behaviour ~ Dr. Joy Brown

  • Sam Molloy

    Immigration is down, partly because of stricter enforcement and partly because jobs here are more scarce. I don’t believe a complete sealing of the border will ever be possible, and look forward to a streamlined citizenship program. Violent criminals should always be dealt with harshly, no matter where they are from, but there should be no such thing as an illegal person.

  • Lucifer

    Actually Obama hasn’t secured the border any more than any other president , but he has deported more illegals than any other president .

  • Jim Gilchrist

    I must vehemently agree with North Carolina state Rep. Rick Glazier, who according to Immigration Clearinghouse, described Gheen as “ugly,” “hateful,” “vicious,” and “despicable.”

    For years I have warned unsrupulous activist groups like ALIPAC, the San Diego Minutemen (aka Patriots Coaltion), and the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) in Huntington Beach, Ca. that their oppresive, repulsive, and border-line criminal conduct would only drive away persons who otherwise would have been supporters of enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

    Gheen’s ALIPAC, in my opinion, seems to solicit relentless “going out of business” pleas to a naive donor base in an effort to lure uncounted dollars from an unsuspecting public. Gheen’s ALIPAC has more “going out of business” sales than most furniture stores.

    Many of the immigration law enforcement advocacy groups have lost both their credibility and their “mojo” because of the despicable behavior of their leaders and members. Ultimately, these same groups also lost the support of political representatives who opted out of involvement with fascist loons falsely posing as sincere and concerned Americans.

    Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project

  • ModerateMike

    It is good to see more politicians calling people like this out on their rhetoric.

  • Matthew Bright

    It’s easy to look at characters like this and think of them as nothing more than clowns to be laughed at. But for me, every strident, hateful word coming out of their mouths now brings back the memory of the death of Brisenia Flores. And though even mentioning Brisenia’s name in the same sentence as her murderer, Shawna Forde, makes me wince, it’s necessary. These pyschos and those so called mainstream politicians like Jan Brewer of Arizona who make common cause with them are getting people killed.

    Anyway, I thought threats like the one referenced above against the President were prosecutable offenses. Why isn’t this guy behind bars?

  • Shadow Wolf

    He’s clearly a moron. Since Obama has secured the Mexican/U.S. border better than any GOP/Repugnant in U.S. history. One only need to noticed that during the Obama administration, illegal entry by criminal illegal aliens has dropped significantly, compared to that of (warmonger) Bush and other previous administrations before him. Gheen should be proud and praising his Comander in Chief and his best president–Obama.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Breathless is right. That last sentence sounds like it was written by a junior high English student.

    What a putz!