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An 88-year old racist cretin named James von Brunn opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. on wednesday, killing one of the security guards, Stephen Tyrone Jones. Sigh. Another senseless tragedy committed by another senseless idiot, the third act of domestic terrorism by an individual gunman in the last couple weeks.
Brunn appears to be your classic white supremacist, neo-Nazi, Jew-hating, Holocaust-denying bigot, the kind who worships Adolph Hitler and believes the Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion is proof positive that the Jews are involved in some dark conspiracy to take over the world.
In other words, he's a dumb-ass. Now he's a murderer too. I can't believe such people still exist in this country.
Speaking of dumb-asses, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann wasted no time in politicizing the tragedy. Brunn's attack was Olby's lead story last night, and he called Brunn a "right-wing extremist" about 700 times to make sure his viewers got the message that 'it's them thar nasty conservatives what dun it.' Somehow, he even managed to blame the shooting on Rush Limbaugh (not kidding). Using that unique Olbermann anti-logic of his, Keith-boy said something to the effect of "Limbaugh criticizes Obama by using words, others hear words, so then they go kill Jews at the Holocaust Museum." I'm paraphrasing, of course. Olby wasn't quite that coherent. By tonight's show, I expect Keith Olbermann will obtain affirmative proof that James von Brunn is the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
For the life of me, I don't know why anyone watches that show (other than someone like myself, who watches it on occasion for blogging ideas. Olby's lunacy is an inspiration in that regard). For a guy who raves on about alleged right-wing haters non-stop, nobody pushes more hate than Olby (btw, last night's Worst Person In The World wasn't James von Brunn. It was Michelle Bachman (R-MN), who misspoke in a speech by saying the word "economists" where she should have said "economics." That made her worst in the world. Again, not kidding).
But enough about K. Ubermoron. I only brought him up as an example. The real question Olby brings to mind is:
Why are neo-nazis always referred to as right-wingers ?
This has never made the slightest bit of sense to me. The Nazis were the National SOCIALIST Party in Germany. That's what 'nazi' means. Socialists are at the opposite end of the political spectrum from right-wingers. Socialists (and fascists and communists too) are all about government control. Right-wingers are about limited government. Socialists are about the supremacy of the collective good, as was Adolph Hitler. "Third Reich" translates to "Third Empire." Right-wingers are about the supremacy of individual liberty. When you talk about right-wing extremism, you should be talking about anarchist types, or at least anti-government types, like Timothy McVeigh. Brunn has some of those characteristics, but the neo-nazi stuff doesn't fit. Neither does some other stuff Brunn wrote, which you'll hear about later. Brunn often ended his political diatribes with "Heil Hitler." That kind of stuff makes my head want to explode.
A racist like James von Brunn is a person advocating for his collective, white people, over the interests of others. Racism IS identity politics, and it's not right-wingers who are it's primary practitioners. That comes from the other side.
It isn't right-wingers who are against the Jews either. Conservatives support Israel to a much greater extent than do liberals (though the majority of American Jews voted for Obama. Go figure). The examples of anti-semitic sentiment from the left are rife, but the latest comes from Obama's former pastor, the racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In a recent interview, Wright was asked if he has talked to Obama recently. Wright's reply was, "them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me."
Such a man of God, that one.
The Republican party was founded by Abraham Lincoln as the anti-slavery party, and during the civil rights era of the 60's, it was southern Democrats who still supported Jim Crow laws and fought against integration, not Republicans. A higher percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act than did Democrats.
In spite of all this, scumbags like James von Brunn are always labeled as right-wing extremists. I don't get it. Maybe it's because the ones doing the labeling come from the left. I don't know.
James von Brunn's political views can be tracked, because Brunn has a number of unhinged political diatribes scattered around the internet. Brunn hated Obama, like any white supremacist would, and there is evidence he belonged to the Obama Birther movement, which claims Obama has never produced valid evidence of his American citizenship, thus disqualifying him from being President. Brunn apparently detested Marxism, lending credence to the right-wing label, but he also hated Bush, neoconservatism, and Bill O'Reilly (along with LOTS of other people. Brunn was a veritable buffet of hatred). Neoconservatism is equated with Jews by folks like Brunn. Brunn was also into conspiracy theories, including the 9/11 Truther movement. If you want to delve into this guy's twisted brain, you can find some if his writings at the above link, or read one of his sick tirades here.
If you read James von Brunn's lunacy, make sure to take a shower afterward, so the filth doesn't stick. This is a public service announcement and a warning. I don't want to be accused of promoting violence by some fool like Keith Olbermann.
Conclusion - James von Brunn exhibits some traits of right-wing extremism, but he also exhibits some traits of left-wing extremism. In the end, he's just a twisted horse's you-know-what, as is Keith Olbermann and the rest of the dishonest political philosophizers (yeah, I said 'philosophizers.' I'm the Worst Person In The World too). But I won't be blaming Olbermann for anyone's murder. I still believe in free speech. I only blame James von Brunn. It's called personal responsibility, as opposed to partisan hogwash. If I was into partisan hogwash, I'd be asking the same questions liberals asked of Bush following 9/11 - Why isn't President Obama stopping these domestic terrorist attacks by known radicals ? Why is he asleep at the switch ? Why doesn't he care ? Because I'm not into partisan hogwash, I won't ask those questions. Oops, too late.