Saturday, April 26, 2008

I Am Not Familiar With That Dictator; Who Is He?

If you're ruinnng for public office and you make a statement to the effect of, "I'll speak to any group that invites me", you might want to put some sort of a disclaimer at the end of that OR just feel OK about turning down a group's invitation if you don't believe the things that the group does or if you feel that speaking to a particular group might damage your public image and harm your credibility with the voters. You know, like the time that you spoke to the American National Socialist Workers Party in Chicago, remember? And you stood in front of that painting of Hitler and stood next to people wearing swastika armbands, remember? Oh, and there was that big swastika flag in the background, remember? Yeah, you might not want to do that if you're hoping to ever be elected. To anything.

Tony Zirkle, who is running for the Republican nomination in Indiana's 2nd District, gave a speech to the American National Socialist Workers Party who were celebrating the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth. He said he did so because of his statement that he would speak to any group who invites him. AND, he said he didn't believe the event he attended included people necessarily of the Nazi mindset, pointing out the name isn't Nazi, but Nationalist Socialist Workers Party. (And where he might have thought he was pointing out the name to us, he was really pointing how what a moron he is.) Then, unexplicably and possibly thinking this could somehow help him, Zirkle added, "I've spoken on an African-American radio station in Atlanta." Good Lord....As you can imagine, it didn't get any better. It's hard to say if something this boneheaded could get any worse, though.

Now, when he was asked if he was a Nazi or if he sympathized with Nazis or white supremacists or similar groups, Zirkle replied he "didn't know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it." Oh, OK. Wait. What? These are the Nazis we're talking about, yes? How does someone not "know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it"? Had he heard of the Nazis before that day? What kind of a lameass excuse/response is that? It's akin to, "Hitler? Um, well, which one was he? OH! THAT Hitler! Right! Sure! Andrew, was it? Oh, Adolf! That's right! Adolf! OK. OK. Now I'm with ya. What's the question again?"

The little Nazi get together that Zirkle spoke at was not just celebrating his birthday and to honor him, but they were also gathered to "fight America's economic collapse and reinvigorate the white working class." I see. Anything else? Oh, right, There was a cake, being as how it was Adolf's birthday and all. Yep, Zirkle had some cake. Some cake with a photo of Hitler and the words "Seig Heil" on it. Huh. Yeah, that seems about right for this story. Wow.

As you can imagine, there was a bit of discussion about this afterwards. Do you think Zirkle has caught on yet? Of course he hasn't. He said that he checked the group's website beforehand and he doesn't regret his Hitler Birthday Party Speech that he gave to the group whose name is NOT The Nazis. And would you like to know why? According to Zirkle (and the fine, fine folks over there at USA Today), "They represented themselves as being different from some of the other white supremacist groups. I believe there's a clear difference between racism and culturalism." There's also a clear difference between common sense and stupidity.

But it's clear that Zirkle does get the difference between common sense and stupidity. And he definitely doesn't know the difference between "things that will help a political career" and "things that will not help a political career." Along with speaking to a bunch of Neo-Nazis on Hitler's birthday, another item on the "things that will not help a political career" list would be saying things like, "That's the risk you have to take to get your point across. If the Black Panthers or the Jewish Zionists want me to speak about these issues, I'll do it." Well, I'll tell you something there, Tony. You can speak to those groups you mentioned and you can show up for Idi Amin's birthday and Stalin's welcome home party if you'd like. You can DO those things. What you can't DO is get elected to anything, anywhere, if you're going to be speaking to those groups.

Tony, here's an idea: Since you clearly could not get elected Dogcatcher, you're going to have a lot of free time on your hands. Maybe you should go pick up a history book and sit down with that for a while and read all about this Hitler guy and his friends, the Nazis. That way you'll be able to form an opinion about their "organization". Let us know how that turns out, OK?

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1 comment:

Bill White said...

Funny how the real world diverges from the imaginery world of political bloggers. In the real world, National Socialism doesn't hurt your chances among a majority white electorate, though it does incite the communists and flag waving faggots who already wouldn't have supported your campaign.