When stories of protests over undocumented immigrants spring up in the news and those stories emanate out of Murietta, California, count on the involvement of patriot groups and extreme political factions. Murietta and neighboring Temecula are enclaves for right-wing extremists and wineries alike.
It should, therefore, come as no surprise to discover that Temecula resident Patrice Lynes organized and promoted the hate protests that turned buses back earlier this week.
Breitbart News is hailing Lynes as a heroine and a good citizen, citing her concern for public health as the reason for her protests. We beg to differ.
2007: Conservative Exodus Project
Lynes’ signature on the Conservative Exodus Project petition in 2007 endorses long-held Birch principles. The petition was begun as a message to the Republican party: True “conservatives” would not brook liberal candidates like John McCain or Rudolf Guiliani. This is the petition Lynes signed:
(1) We oppose the third-world invasion of the United States, and reject amnesty and any path to citizenship for illegals. We support deportation, attrition, and massive reductions in legal immigration, especially from the third world.
(2) We oppose free trade, the support of which has become an ideological suicide pact. Free trade is both destroying our economy and undermining our sovereignty. Historically, conservatives have opposed free trade, and they should, but many in the GOP have been “neoconned” on this issue.
(3) We support a moral candidate, critical of secularism, who embodies the virtues of the Christian Western tradition.
(4) We oppose the illegal neocon war in Iraq. The transformation of the Middle East to liberal democracy is Jacobin, not conservative.
(5) We wish to see big government reduced in size – in all three branches – and for many offices and functions to be returned to the states, where they Constitutionally belong.
When that manifesto is compared to general John Birch principles there is no daylight. They are carbon copies of one another. Though the proponents of the Conservative Exodus Project do not come out from behind the general organizational veil, they claim to be ‘concerned conservatives.’ Not coincidentally, their concern dovetailed with Ron Paul’s campaign platform right down to opposition to Iraq and nativist principles.
2010: Anti-Mosque, Pro-EVerify
Before Lynes organized protests over children desperate for shelter and a meal, she was occupied by another project — organizing against a mosque which sought building permits in Temecula. Her opposition was based on the concern that America was being “Islamicized.” The Southwest Riverside Tea Party, of which Lynes is a member, planned to bring dogs to the protests as a way to offend and harass worshippers. The call to action (which included a call for dogs) restated members’ objection to Sharia law and bolstered enthusiasm by reminding supporters that “ Tennessee was able to stop the Mosque so bring your Bibles, flags, signs, dogs and singing voice on Friday.”
In the end, Lynes’ press encounters over the mosque introduced her to Temecula voters just in time for her run at a seat on the City Council in 2010. She came in fourth out of five candidates that year but still retained her appetite for conservative extremism.
The mosque was granted building permits in late 2010, despite the protests.
Of Note: Much of Temecula’s economy depends upon the presence of migrant farm workers. Vineyards and wineries in the area need workers to pick the grapes which they use to make their wines. Migrants fill that need.
2012: Another City Council run, term limits and Agenda 21 opposition
Lynes tried again unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in 2012, but that wasn’t all she was doing. She pushed for a local ballot initiative to impose term limits on incumbent council members, and began a long journey to force Temecula to drop their sustainability initiatives from their bylaws. In her view, sustainability is an invention of the United Nations to infringe on property rights and suburban freedom, another Birch principle. Lynes also opposes public transit and walkable communities, bike paths and other modern ways to sustain a community’s viability.
2014: Repatriate them!
In an interview with NBC News earlier in the week, Lynes made her views plainly known. Speaking for the angry mob surrounding the buses, Lynes called the protest an “awesome moment for America” before ordering the interlopers home.
“They’re illegal aliens and they should not come here illegally. We have our own children to worry about,” Patrice Lynes told NBC News before a town meeting on the issue Wednesday night. “We want the illegal aliens repatriated to their own country.”
We hear echoes of the Birch Society in that sound bite. Though Lynes claims to be a registered nurse, her lack of compassion does not comport with the Florence Nightingale oath or the current code of ethics for nurses in the United States.
Lynes’ spouse, Dr. William Lynes is a disabled Stanford-educated urologist who now self-publishes novels, children’s books and short stories. The photo to the right is his featured curriculum vitae photo. We are unsure what he is trying to communicate there, but it doesn’t have much to do with the Hippocratic oath as far as we can see.
A brush with the law
Patrice Lynes sued the Riverside Police Department in 2004 for mental distress after she was arrested and detained for 12 hours after police were called to the hospital on suspicion that she had injured her husband and was concealing evidence of the injury. In 2009, a jury found for the police department, leaving Lynes with the court costs and a lingering case record.
Lynes led this week’s particular mission of hate, but she is not alone in her wealthy nativist community. Riverside County is a stronghold for the far, far right wing Constitution Party and related groups. Under the generic “Tea Party” umbrella, these activists view themselves as the “real patriots” and “real conservatives” fighting to save the country from ruin.
This is our summer of ginned-up anti-immigrant action. Lynes and those like her are determined to stoke anger and voter enthusiasm for the midterms by more actions like this. Watch her Facebook page for more updates.