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Welcome, Nazis!

There's a bit of a hullabaloo in Boston today. As Jews and non-Jews alike observe the Day Of Remembrance, a group of Neo-Nazis from Arkansas are coming to town to hold a counter-protest. Yesterday they held a rally in Somerville, MA, and today they're heading into Beantown. (Stories here and here.)

Naturally, a lot of people -- and not just those planning on attending the Day Of Remembrance assembly -- are disgusted, outraged, and horrified. And I am sympathetic with them.

But I have a shameful confession to make. Whenever I hear about a Neo-Nazi rally anywhere in the US, I get a thrill. I love hearing tales of Neo-Nazis assembling in public, and I have a number of reasons for this:

1) It's a reminder of just how important our Bill Of Rights is. The fact that these assholes can stand around in public and spew their slop is proof that as long as their rights are respected, so to will ours.

2) There's an old saying that "sunlight is the best disinfectant." I'd much rather have these assholes out in public, where they can be clearly identified and documented for use in future police investigations, than skulking around in shadows and acting from anonymity. David Duke's never directly hurt anyone; Eric Rudolph was responsible for several deaths. And Timothy McVeigh never ran for any public office based on his beliefs.

3) They are their own worst enemy. I've never seen a public rally that garnered a single shred of sympathy. They do their best recruiting quietly, in one-on-one situations. I'm quite certain that they've lost far more recruits with their public appearances than they've gained.

I've always wanted to organize a counter-rally to a Nazi gathering. I'd get a bunch of people together, and we'd assemble nearby. Then we'd all laugh at them. We'd have Charlie Chaplin impersonators. We'd have Photoshopped pictures of Hitler, post-suicide. We'd point out that Nazi Germany's greatest military triumph was beating France, and who the hell hasn't done that before? We'd have posters made from World War II comic book covers, showing Hitler getting his ass kicked by Batman and Robin, Captain America, and the like.

And then, in unison, we'd all turn our backs on them.

These Neo-Nazis have wrapped a huge amount of their ego and self-esteem into the outrage they generate. They thrill with every shout, every threat, every attack -- it reinforces their self-image as a noble, oppressed group seeking higher ideals. But when they simply can't be taken seriously, that's what really hurts them. And that's exactly what I want to do -- hurt them in the worst way possible.

I'll admit it's a smidgen personal for me. When asked to identify my ethnic heritage, I often put "Other" or "Mutt." Like most Americans, I have fairly thoroughly mixed ancestry -- English, French (to my eternal shame), and a healthy dose of Scandanavian -- which makes me, I guess, largely Nordic and therefore a member of Hitler's Master Race. These Nazi assholes claim to be acting on behalf of me and others like me, and that infuriates me no end.

So let them continue their rallies, their assemblies, their protests. It does them far more harm than good, and it gives me a chance to laugh at them more.


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Comments (15)

Oh, oh, oh, and remind them... (Below threshold)

Oh, oh, oh, and remind them how much their music sucks.

Quick! Name a good German r... (Below threshold)

Quick! Name a good German restaurant.

OKay, name ANY German restuarant.

The Master Race...Hah!

You forgot one simple fact,... (Below threshold)

You forgot one simple fact, it id fun to run them off bridges in a police interceptor.

"Illinois Nazis, I hate Illinois Nazis"- Jake

Cordially,

Uncle J

Posting here from right out... (Below threshold)
Dave P.:

Posting here from right outside Greensboro, North Carolina- site of the famous Klan vs. Communist Party shootout of 1979, which left five dead (all on the Commie side).

No kidding!

You forgot one simple fa... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

You forgot one simple fact, it id fun to run them off bridges in a police interceptor.

Or have them drive off a bridge in a Pinto? ;)

I've never respected people... (Below threshold)
CHRIS:

I've never respected people who use hateful rhetoric to condemn people who use hateful rhetoric.

I am a Christian, and a college graduate. I don't belong to any Nazi groups or any other similar organization, but ENOUGH with the NAZIS!!

Today President Bush flew to Europe to celebrate the liberation of Eastern Europe by the Bolshevics. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Those of us who haven't obtained our entire of knowledge of history from the boob tube are aware that the Bolshevics (the majority of whom were Jewish) were responsible for the murder of tens of millions of Christians.

I saw sin city the other day (regretfully). All the bad guys were wearing crosses and the main villain of the movie was a flesh eating cardinal. I wish you showed the same disgust for those who promote anti christian attitudes.

I know you'll discard my views as "bigoted" because that's what you've been unwittingly been trained to do. Perhaps I would be bigotted if I made a movie in which all the bad guys were wearing stars of David and the main villain was a flesh eating rabbi.

I've enjoyed your Blog for the last month or so but this will most likely be my final visit.

Brilliant commentary "I hate NAZIS" way to take a stand. ENOUGH ALREADY.

Jay Tea wrote: I've alwa... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea wrote: I've always wanted to organize a counter-rally to a Nazi gathering. I'd get a bunch of people together, and we'd assemble nearby. Then we'd all laugh at them.

I've believed for years that this would be the most effective way to make them look like the pathetic losers they are -- although the intervening years have tended to do the trick on their own anyway.

CHRIS wrote: Brilliant commentary "I hate NAZIS" way to take a stand.

Never saw the movie that quote was from, did you? "The Blues Brothers." Ring any bells? It was a comedy. It made people laugh.

Like we're all laughing at you, CHRIS, because you're culturally illiterate.

I've enjoyed your Blog for the last month or so but this will most likely be my final visit.

Come back after you finish puberty.

Don't fret about your Frenc... (Below threshold)
fatman:

Don't fret about your French heritage, Jay Tea. All you need to do is become an honorary Irishman and it will more than cancel out the French.

As for the Scandinavian blood, you're on your own.

Don't let the door hit ya w... (Below threshold)
Chad:

Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya, Chris

We can only hope that Chris... (Below threshold)
wyguy:

We can only hope that Chris is going to make good on his promise and never post here again! I sense a anti-semitic!

Uhh Chris?The Sovi... (Below threshold)
t. z.:

Uhh Chris?

The Soviets suffered 27 million killed in WWII, by Hitler; I know this doesn't count the millions Stalin had killed.
"Mother Russia has/had many sons", we should honor their loss. W did good, honor the people...f the gov't.

just sayin
I ain't no commie either

Chris:I've neve... (Below threshold)
ryan:

Chris:

I've never respected people who use hateful rhetoric to condemn people who use hateful rhetoric.

Thats a fair point, but about the only decent point that you made.

I am a Christian, and a college graduate. I don't belong to any Nazi groups or any other similar organization, but ENOUGH with the NAZIS!!

Well, to me it's pretty understandable that Neo-Nazis garner alot of negative attention, since the Nazis committed some of the most horrendus crimes in human history.

I saw sin city the other day (regretfully). All the bad guys were wearing crosses and the main villain of the movie was a flesh eating cardinal. I wish you showed the same disgust for those who promote anti christian attitudes.

The problem here is that you are comparing a real life event with a fictional film. They're not really comparable.

Today President Bush flew to Europe to celebrate the liberation of Eastern Europe by the Bolshevics. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Off topic. It doesnt create any sort of strong argument for your case when you just throw in some other issue that you disagree with. I don't like the price of gasoline, but I cant just throw that into any argument.

I know you'll discard my views as "bigoted" because that's what you've been unwittingly been trained to do.

Bigots are unwilling to listen to other points of view or opinions. So, are you a bigot or not?

Perhaps I would be bigotted if I made a movie in which all the bad guys were wearing stars of David and the main villain was a flesh eating rabbi.

Maybe you would be. Or maybe you'd just be the producer of yet another lame horror flick. I think you're trying to tell us that you didn't like the content of that film. That's fine, but not really relevant.

I've enjoyed your Blog for the last month or so but this will most likely be my final visit.

Brilliant commentary "I hate NAZIS" way to take a stand. ENOUGH ALREADY.

So a post that expresses a negative opinion about Neo-Nazis has turned you away from this site? I'm confused as to why you think that too much has been made out of what happened only about 60 years ago. That was a massive tragedy, and it wasnt that long ago. It makes sense that the effects are still being felt, and that people have strong negative feelings about what happened, and the ideology behind it.

Of course that's not the only human tragedy, but thats no reason to brush aside what happened, or to not be vigilant about similar ideologies that exist today.

The Neo-Nazi message is infused with racism, bigotry, and hatred. It's bullshit. One really funny thing is their idea of the "pure" Aryan race, which is a bunch of weird egocentric nonsense.

In summary Chris, I find your reaction to this post really disturbing.

Jay: What you suggest was a... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Jay: What you suggest was actually done by the citizens of Pulaski, Tennessee, about 20 years ago. Pulaski has the misfortune of being the birthplace of the original Gen. Forrest-led Ku Klux Klan, a historical fact which has dogged the town for over a century now.

Back in 1990 or so, the KKK (what little is left of it) decided to have a parade through downtown Pulaski one day. The town fought it, but courts upheld the KKK's right to a parade permit on First Amendment grounds (as they should have). Prior to the parade, downtown shop owners made it a point to let their customers know that they would be closed the day of the parade, and that people should take their business elsewhere that day. Word spread and people made their plans.

When the day came, the KKK paraded in front of closed storefronts and drawn blinds. Not a spectator in sight. Even most of the local media mysteriously failed to appear. I don't think the KKK has showed its face in Pulaski since.

Actually chris is only part... (Below threshold)

Actually chris is only partially right
Today President Bush flew to Europe to celebrate the liberation of Eastern Europe by the Bolshevics

That was partially his reason, another HUGE reason for doing so was to apologize to them for F.D.R. (the wuss he was) not taking a stand against Stalin when they carved up Europe. Churchill sure as hell wanted to, but F.D.R. let Eastern Europe down. What Bush was also doing was celebrating and encouraging democracy in the area.

God why do KIDS post here who have no grasp of history? sheesh.

The KKK got laughed out of ... (Below threshold)
Mike S:

The KKK got laughed out of Fayetteville, Arkansas a few years back.

The KKK insisted on marching in a parade so the hippies and footballers got together and dressed in sheets, dred-locked and afros and all, then marched right in front of the Klansmen.

Pointing and laughing worked, they haven't been back.




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