I’m not sure what happened to every one in the Republican party/conservative movement, but they seem to have deeply internalized only one lesson from the Bush years- you are either with us or against us. How else to explain this from Allahpundit in reaction to the news that right-wing extremist von Brunn may have also targeted the Weekly Standard:
Weird, huh? What possible grievance could a Jew-hating 9/11 Truther who ranted about Bill O’Reilly and “neocons” have against a magazine owned by Rupert Murdoch and edited by Bill Kristol? Maybe he detected a leftward drift in the Standard’s editorial slant lately? You know how irascible those “right-wingers” can be, especially when they’re fed a steady diet of Fox News. Which, um, Von Brunn hated.
I swear to God I can’t deal with this stupidity anymore, although I guess this was the inevitable result of a party that spent the last couple of decades pretending that voting for a Democrat was the same as firebombing a lab with the Animal Liberation Front. When the DHS report came out, most of us could not believe that many in the GOP chose to conflate right-wing extremism, a historical reality, with movement conservatism and mainstream Republicanism. When folks were hollering “They are smearing all conservatives,” most of us were wondering how anyone could possibly be that damned stupid. Yes, there are some out there on “teh left” who will conflate the two for their own political purposes, and it is undeniable that Republicans themselves have catered to the far right for electoral reasons (see also, Southern Strategy), but most of us out there recognize the difference between Republicanism, conservatism, and right-wing extremist. I’m sorry Allah can’t figure out the distinctions, but I’m actually really curious why he and Ed would continue to self-identify with Repubicans and conservatives if they think it is the same thing as right-wing extremism.
Allah moves on:
Although even if he is, I think Kathy Shaidle’s discovery of which politician’s message boards he’s been frequenting is more revealing of Von Brunn’s politics than whatever his registration might be…
I’m not going to link to the execrable Shaidle, but she thinks von Brunn might be linked to the Liberty Lobby, which was purged from the conservative movement in the 70’s. Why Allah thinks this supports his case is beyond me, because they were not purged from the conservative movement for being liberals, they were purged because they were right wing extremists dabbling in Neo-nazism and white supremacy.
So to answer your question, Allahpundit, the reason a right-wing extremist might have targeted a neo-conservative magazine with very pro-Israel positions and strong connections to AIPAC and prominent Jewish people, is because right-wing extremists have historically been anti-Semitic. This isn’t news. This isn’t a shocking development. It is just history. Deal with it. In fact, there are left-wing extremists who ALSO have ties to anti-Semitism. Why is it that only Charles Johnson seems to have figured this out? You remember him, don’t you, Allah?
This is so damned tiresome, although I’m really looking forward to listening to the inevitable attempts to try to pretend that von Brunn was liberal. You just know that is next.
At any rate, just so we are clear. When the media talks about right-wing extremism, they aren’t talking about Tom Coburn voting “no” on the stimulus. They aren’t talking about you, with your mayonnaise sandwich in your Ford pickup truck with a gunrack and a McCain/Palin decal next to the “JESUS IS MY COPILOT” vanity plate. They aren’t talking about Rich Lowry and Jonah Goldberg cheerleading the Republican cause du jour from their combat keyboards at the NRO. They aren’t even talking about my dad, a lifelong conservative, a lifelong Republican, a weekly churchgoer and vehement opponent of abortion and McCain voter.
They are talking about people dedicated to committing acts of violence and terror who are operating from groups that are historically viewed as right-wing extremist fronts. Quit conflating the two, and for christ sakes help us stop these idiots from shooting more people. When you play these damned games, you provide cover for these fringe lunatics. Stop attacking the DHS for trying to do their job (and I say this as someone who finds the whole idea of the DHS creepy). If anything, the fact that Fox and the Weekly Standard were targeted should make you realize that the lunatic right-wing extremists the DHS report was talking about don’t understand the difference between Democrat and Republican.
I really need to stop reading Hot Air. I’m not sure how or when it happened, but these guys became crazier than the NRO.
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I find it pretty hard to blame typical right-wing bloggers and message-board posters for the actions of an octogenarian neo-Nazi, or even the murder of an abortion doctor.
But they should recognize this strategy is a total loser. For example, arguing that a racist couldn’t be right-wing because right-wingers oppose Affirmative Action just makes you look like an idiot. No one outside the bubble is buying it. In fact, we’re in “don’t think of an elephant” territory here: the more they protest, the more the rest of us think about the possible connections.
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Clearly a man of the left:
Only days before he allegedly shot and killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, James von Brunn transferred the domain name of his racist website to a man in Michigan. Records show that von Brunn, 88, created holywesternempire.com in October 2000, and that Steve Reimink of West Olive, Mich., acquired the domain name around June 1 of this year. The website was designated a hate website by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003.
Reimink’s E-mail address, “firstname.lastname@example.org” includes the symbolic number 1488. In white supremacist circles, 14 refers to the very popular 14-word slogan coined by the late neo-Nazi David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet, and 88 often stands for “Heil Hitler.” Reimink’s cell phone was not accepting messages, and he did not respond to an E-mail request for comment.***
Von Brunn is said by police to have entered the Holocaust Museum Wednesday afternoon, where he shot the security guard, and then was shot and critically wounded by other guards. Police say they found a notebook in von Brunn’s car with a list of possible other targets, including the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the National Cathedral and The Washington Post. According to myfoxdc.com, witnesses said he was wearing a confederate soldier’s cap and a long coat, which he may have worn to conceal what police describe as an early-1900s rifle.***
Conservatives were all talk and no action, according to von Brunn. On his website he complained, “The American Right-wing with few exceptions is totally Pacifist. The [right wing] does NOTHING BUT TALK. MORAL: America dies for want of men.”
Just another latte-sipping liberal out shooting blacks and jews in his confederate soldier cap and duster. Just like Rush said. I bet he drove a Prius.