Thursday, April 1, 2004

There is a guerrilla group on the loose in this country. But you wouldn’t know it from the liberal media, which portrays the group’s members as harmless activists with good hearts.

The group is called “National People’s Action.” The Washington Post described NPA this week as a “coalition of neighborhood advocacy groups based in Chicago.” A more accurate description is left-wing goon squad.

It is a nationwide organization of professional grievance-mongers from the Bronx, N.Y, to Santa Monica, Calif. They warn: “We are black, we are white, we are Latino, we are Asian. We are old, we are young, and we are in your neighborhood.”

NPA members are funded by the usual suspects — “progressive” charities such as the Tides Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and the MacArthur, Ford and Rockefeller foundations. But they are also funded by your tax dollars. My research shows the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Education have given tens of thousands of dollars in grants to NPA members.

Their agenda is the usual big government, race card-playing, entitlement mentality claptrap: “homeowner security” (more government minority home loans), “workplace rights and training” (more government job programs), “good policing” (a ban on racial profiling), and “promoting security and opportunity for immigrants” (more benefits for illegal aliens).

But what distinguishes NPA from other liberal advocacy groups is its tactics. The group engages in what it calls “direct action” — publicizing the home addresses of business and government leaders it wants to shake down and then busing in protesters and schoolchildren (using public school buses) to invade their victims’ private property and intimidate the families. The NPA song explains:

Who’s on your hit list, NPA?

Who’s on your hit list for today?

Take no prisoner, take no names.

Kick ‘em in the a… when they play their games.

After meeting in Washington for its annual convention last weekend, NPA members descended on the D.C. homes of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and White House adviser Karl Rove. NPA targeted Miss Chao after the Labor Department refused to meet with the group and acquiesce to its demand to “form a partnership” to “improve opportunities for low-wage workers.”

In other words, the gang didn’t get a government contract through legal channels. So it’s going to bully its way into the public coffers.

An estimated mob of 800 protesters trampled on Mr. Rove’s lawn to demand passage of Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s abominable “DREAM” Act granting amnesty to illegal alien college students and allowing them to receive in-state tuition discounts. The Washington Post reported that after chanting and knocking on Mr. Rove’s door, the “crowd then grew more aggressive, fanning around the three accessible sides of Rove’s house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read ‘Say Yes to DREAM’ and pounding on the glass.”

An angry Mr. Rove called the authorities and berated the protest leaders for driving the children inside his home to tears.

As a vocal critic of Mr. Rove’s idiotic pro-illegal alien policies, I am not all that sad to see Mr. Rove come face to face with the consequences of his politically expedient ideas. (Mr. Rove is the one who declared Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, the nation’s leading advocate for secure borders and immigration enforcement, would “never darken the White House door.”)

Now Mr. Rove knows how millions of ordinary Americans — who don’t have Secret Service protection — feel when illegal invaders overrun their homes and darken their doors.

That said, NPA’s militant tactics cross the bounds of decent political debate. (Aren’t liberals always the ones moaning about the need for civility?) Grievance-mongering belongs on the Capitol steps, not private doorsteps.

If NPA’s agenda were the protection of unborn life or Second Amendment rights, the New York Times would be calling for the arrest of its leaders. Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat, would be barking again about the vast right-wing conspiracy. Civil rights leaders would demanding that President Bush condemn NPA’s extremist tactics. And crusading lawyers would line up to find clever ways to use federal anti-racketeering laws to shut NPA down.

Instead, the left-wing thugs get away with their lawlessness. And we are, literally, paying for it.

Michelle Malkin is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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