On Friday, at the increasingly insane gathering known as CPAC (it was once an honorable institution) the far right managed to humiliate itself to the point where it is unrecognizable. This once honorable organization that once welcomed the likes of Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley is now the home to the KKK, white supremacists, and other delightful representations of the dregs of humanity. These people should never be called Republicans. To do so is a blight against a once Grand Old Party.
“….K. Carl Smith, founder of the Frederick Douglass Republicans, had just finished leading the panel discussion entitled “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You’re Not One?” during which he insisted that, simply by associating themselves with the slave-turned-Republican politician, white conservatives can trump the race card. While attendees nodded, applauded, and even cheered a little throughout the talk, the question-and-answer session that followed devolved into a bit of a verbal brawl.
It all started when Terry, an audience member from Towson University’s White Student Union, complained that “my people, my demographic are being systematically disenfranchised,” and suggested that instead of following in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass, “Booker T. Washington Republicans” might be a better identity for the GOP—you know, “unified like the hand, but separate like the fingers.” Yes, that was an allusion to segregation, which was received with bug eyes and dropped jaws.
The audience actually held it together while Smith tried to smooth things over. That is, until the student suggested that Douglass was right to ultimately thank his master for providing him with food and shelter.
That sent the audience into a tailspin and things only got worse when Kim Brown, a radio host with Voice of Russia and a non-conservative black woman, tried to ask a question. Brown took issue with Smith’s argument that the origins of today’s Democrats were rooted in the Ku Klux Klan. She was met with boos and shouts, as a man wearing a Revolutionary War getup yelled, “Let someone else speak!” And another woman called out, “You’re not welcome!”
Meanwhile, outside, Smith’s daughter Christie was peddling her father’s literature, at $20 a pop, as she explained that she was raised in a Democratic household but her whole family now considered themselves Republicans.”…
It’s a dirty little habit they just can’t seem to break. The Far Right has an irrational romance with white supremacists, bigots, KKK, Stormfront, nativistists, and other nasty little creatures of the underworld.
“…Students of propaganda techniques should ponder how Jones manages to suggest that Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association is somehow as controversial as “white supremacists.” But wait a minute: Who are these “white supremacists” being welcomed at CPAC? Looking over the announced schedule, I don’t see any, unless Sarah Reese Jones is using the liberal definition of “white supremacist” as “someone who didn’t vote for Obama.”
What the headline seems to refer to is a panel at last year’s CPAC that included Peter Brimelow of VDare.com and John Derbyshire, formerly of National Review. While I didn’t attend that panel, I did run into Peter Brimelow between sessions at CPAC and he was, as always, entirely civil. To describe Brimelow as a “white supremacist” requires a distortion of the term that very nearly strips it of all useful meaning, but when a liberal propagandist wants to portray a CPAC controvery, truth is the first casualty. Readers will also note that Sarah Reese Jones labels Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro a “conspiracy theorist.” So . . . yeah. Shapiro is Willis Carto, Peter Brimelow is Julius Streicher and you have yourself Another Controversial CPAC Scandal!™…”
Unfortunately, thanks to the rise of the John Birch Society, the increasingly influential Ayn Rand supporters, and the fact that white supremacists are now coming out of the closet, this country has a very serious problem with radicals on the right. Let’s be honest here, it’s about the US having re-elected a POTUS who is not white.
“...Anger over the idea of four more years under a black, Democratic president — and, even more explosively, the same kinds of gun control efforts that fueled the militia movement of the 1990s — seems already to be fomenting another Patriot spurt….”
Mark Potok has called this one, right on – noting that the John Birch Society is out there, making a heck of a lot of trouble, milking conspiracy theories for all they are worth.
“Another factor driving the expansion of the radical right over the last decade or so has been the mainstreaming of formerly marginal conspiracy theories. The latest and most dramatic example of that may be the completely baseless claim that Agenda 21 — a United Nations sustainability plan that was signed by President George H.W. Bush but has no mandatory provisions whatsoever — is part of a plan to impose socialism on America and strip away private property rights.
That claim has been pushed heavily by, among others, the John Birch Society, a conspiracist Patriot organization that was exiled from the conservative movement a half century ago after claiming President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a Communist agent (see story, p. 24).”Last year, the Republican National Committee passed a plank opposing Agenda 21 and describing it as a “destructive and insidious scheme” to impose “socialist/communist redistribution of wealth.” The state of Alabama passed a law barring any policies traceable to Agenda 21 without “due process.”…”
“...Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who sued the Clinton administration over the Brady Bill’s imposition of background checks on gun buyers, claimed that of 200 sheriffs he’d met with, most “have said they would lay down their lives first rather than allow any more federal control.” Matt Barber of the anti-gay Liberty Counsel said he feared that the nation, which he described as already on the brink of civil unrest, was headed for “a second civil war.” “Freedom ends. Tyranny begins,” tweeted Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes. “Get ready,” TeaParty.org said. “Right now government gun grabbing plans are being covertly organized.”
“MARTIAL LAW IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOW A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY!” added the ConservativeDaily.com’s Tony Adkins, responding to Obama’s use of executive orders to further gun control with a doomsday prediction that could have come straight from the Patriot movement. “SUSPENSION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY!” The Conservative Monster, a similar website, concluded that the president was conspiring with a variety of foreign enemies “to force Socialism on the American people.”
Even further to the right, the reaction was more intense yet (see also related story, p. 36). Chuck Baldwin, a Montana-based Patriot leader long associated with the Constitution Party, made the unusual claim that Christ had ordered his disciples to carry “their own personal arms” and vowed to refuse to register or surrender his firearms. The Oath Keepers, a conspiracy-oriented Patriot group of current and former military and law enforcement officials, issued a threat — “MESSAGE TO THE OATH BREAKERS AND TRAITORS: We will never disarm” — and added that gun control plans were “unconstitutional filth.” Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman called the proposals “a declaration of war against the American people” and demanded “liberation” from the “evil clutches” of proponents….”
There are several different things at play here. First are the romantics. They are basically harmless white supremacists, bigots, KKKers, and a few others. Yes, they are bigots. They are haters, but they will only go so far with their hate. They are afraid of their own shadows, which is why they hate.
“…According to historian of white nationalism Leonard Zeskind, “White nationalists…are dedicated to the proposition that those they deem to be ‘white’ own special rights: the right to dominate political institutions, the economy, and culture. They believe that a ‘whites-only’ nation exists in fact, if not in name. And they swear to a duty to create a whites-only nation-state on soil that was once the United States of America.”
These white nationalists cling to an imagined definition of what America once was—an America that valued them because of the one thing no one can take from them: their whiteness. They fear that if America is not “white” then they will be second-class citizens. And if they can’t “take America back,” extremist whites may dream of a secession. A post-election column at the right-wing World Net Daily by Vox Day (a.k.a. Theodore Beale) laid out this scenario in language more extreme than that of Buchanan. Speaking on behalf of “white Americans who … derive their sense of identity from historical America,” Beale stated that secession is inevitable. He lamented “the infestation of even the smallest American heartland towns by African, Asian and Aztec cultures.” His white Americans share nothing in common with “tens of millions of post-1965 immigrants from various non-European nations around the world, or their urban enablers.”…”
“…A young black woman – who, again, would not give her name, so let’s call her Amy — did not laugh. “I was at the [Democratic National Convention] in Charlotte and I did not see the KKK advocating for Barack Obama.” She was not a popular speaker. Then Chad Chapman, a 21-year-old student at Prince George’s Community College who is black, stood to speak. “When are we going to stop seeing ourselves as victims, and when are we going to see ourselves as an opponent?” The white people applauded, making me somewhat uncomfortable. Smith said the Bible says we’re all conquerers.
Then Terry stood to talk. “It seems to me that you’re reaching out to voters at the expense of young white southern males like myself.” The audience was open, like maybe he would go in a positive direction. He went in a segregationist direction. There was crosstalk, commotion. Smith regained control of the room, talking about Douglass forgiving his slavemaster. The Terry went full troll: “Did he thank him for giving him shelter?” Whoaaaaaaa. “Slavery was not a ‘benefit’ to black people!” Amy said. More commotion. Smith said “Racism does not have a political face” — both liberals and conservatives are capable of it. To make a difference, you have to talk to people. “Dr. King interacted and impacted…” Heimbach broke in: “We don’t need Marxists in the Republican Party!” “We don’t need Marxists anywhere,” Smith said. Amy said King was not a Maxist. “Yes he was!” Heimbach said. “Two of his advisors!” Terry joined in….”
Hate and bigotry is a strange thing with very strange bedfellows. The right wing media is fueling far right radicals when bigoted racists like Michelle Malkin attack anyone who might be the least bit interested in giving Hispanics a break. The constant drum-beat of racism, against anyone who isn’t white, is destroying this country.
It’s one thing for the far right punditry and media to constantly harp on Barack Obama’s race, but it’s not fair. It is also terrifying, not because of their alleged racism, but because of who they inspire. Let’s be honest here. With the conservative media and punditry, very little of it is actual racism. I doubt of many of the far right pundits are actually racists and bigots, Michelle Malkin excluded.
What they are is money grubbing. They’re out to make a Randian profit. There’s nothing wrong with making a profit. Everyone should be so lucky. The problem is that they have no restraint when promoting racism, in order go garner ratings and promote their web sites. They are assuming that the individuals who read their blogs, their writings, and watch Glenn Beck and FOX Tabloid News are rational enough to understand the difference between right and wrong, racism, and the almighty race for the eternal profit.
It is the people who don’t understand that we are simply dealing with an out of control media grasping for out of control profits. They have been inundated with this misinformation for so long, they no longer no the difference from what is real and what is fantasy. Matters are made worse when they join forces with truly vile individuals like the skinheads, their gangs, and those who promote them.
Now, we have a problem!