In this case, Tennessee State Sen. Frank Niceley stood firm and followed through on his decision to address the Southern National Congress. State Rep. Judd Matheny was also scheduled to speak at the conference, but lost his nerve after he was exposed by the media. The sharks continue to circle him.
Sen. Niceley went further and told The Tennessean that he agreed the Southern states might one day need to secede and form an independent nation:
“He agrees with the group’s idea that the South might one day be its own nation, like each of the 13 colonies after the American Revolution.
“They delegated a little power to central government. When that fails, we go back to being independent nations,” he said. “We could team up with New Jersey and Oregon if we wanted to.”
Even better, Sen. Niceley has been attacking the SPLC on Twitter. He drew attention to the fact that the SPLC created the “climate of hate” which inspired Floyd Corkins’ domestic terrorist attack on the Family Research Council:
The “Tennessee Anti-Racist Network” has been using Facebook and Twitter in an organized campaign to harass and intimidate Sen. Niceley. They also recently boasted on their new website that they outnumbered us over “6-to-1” at our demonstrations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.
The League of the South owes a debt of gratitude to the “Tennessee Anti-Racist Network.” They generated far more publicity for the League in Tennessee over Sen. Niceley speaking to the Southern National Congress than our demonstrations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville received. More importantly, they tried and failed to enforce a major taboo on elected officials associating with so-called “extremist groups.”
Sheriff Paul Bridges and State Sen. Frank Niceley are proof that the League’s new strategy of aggressively challenging the reigning taboos is working. We are making progress towards a “new normal” where it will become commonplace for Southern Nationalists to organize and air our grievances in public and where groups like the SPLC can no longer enforce the prevailing taboos in the way they have done in the past.
Note: I rushed to judgment on the Southern National Congress inviting Rep. Matheny and Sen. Niceley to attend as speakers. This has worked out quite well for us.