Rep. Tenney responds to mass murder with a fundraising message. She writes:
According to the president, the MAGA crowd is the most extreme group in history. More extreme than Nazis. Worse than the KKK, even!
Those groups (MAGA, Nazis, KKK) have much in common with Rep. Tenney. Claudia Tenney pointedly omits what happened in Buffalo from her list of examples of extremism. In her facebook posts, as in her fundraising email, she omits any mention of far-right extremism. She invites you to pitch in $20 to join her fight against far-left extremists in Washington.
She sounds very much like Tom Reed during every past election cycle, when he called many of his own constituents extremists, and created fake websites for his opponents.
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.
7:14 AM · May 16, 2022
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Political pundits should not be blaming anyone but the 18 rear old kid for his violent acts of cowardice.
I find it hard to believe that his immediate family (mother, father and two brothers) nor any friends did not think this kid had the potential to snap and go on a violent rampage.
The Ultra Maga Cult has made tons of money and gotten legions of followers by using Replacement Theory to stoke fear and hate in their cult. Tucker Carlson leads the way, followed by such luminaries as Elise Stefanik, Donald Trump, Laura Ingraham, Steve King, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Scott Perry and so on. Other promoters of fear mongering and hate include the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society etc.
Interestingly, Mr. Perry cites an article from The New American to buttress whatever argument that he is trying to make. The New American is an unwise choice. According to Wikipedia, The New American (TNA) is a far-right print and digital magazine published twice a month by American Opinion Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the John Birch Society (JBS), a far-right organization. The magazine was created in 1985 from the merger of two JBS magazines: American Opinion and The Review of the News.
Published by the John Birch Society? It is safe to say that I don’t approve of this particular item on Mr. Perry’s subscription list. And citing an article from a racist publication after a racially motivated killing is interesting, to understate the case. Mr. Perry seems to lack some self-awareness.
As to pundits placing blame….Liz Cheney is a congresswoman from Wyoming who was replaced in her #3 House job by Kevin McCarthy. She was replaced by Elise Stefanik, who has circulated, repeatedly, campaign advertisements that play on themes of the white supremacist “great replacement” theory. That belief, espoused by the Buffalo gunman, holds that the elite class, sometimes manipulated by Jews, wants to “replace” and disempower white Americans.
Liz Cheney is NOT A PUNDIT. She is a CONGRESSWOMAN. She speaks an unwelcome truth when she calls out her party’s leaders for enabling the spread of white nationalism.
But hey, while Republicans no longer stand for small government, a balanced budget, laissez faire economics, international bridge building at least we now know One Thing They Believe In- White Nationalism!
Thank you Mr. Perry for your reference to a John Birch publication. It led me to perform more research about their beliefs and activities.
An executive summary—there’s a direct line from the many wacky conspiracy theories espoused by the Birchers over the years (including today) to QAnon and thence to the mainstream of today’s Republican Party.
Many responsible Republicans consider(ed) them crazies. Of course, those are the same Republicans that have been silenced and/or exiled from the Party.
Conservatives and Libertarians can be described as Nationalists but definitely not “white nationalists”
Some people research, analyze, synthesize and present their conclusions logically in a readable manner.
Others take the intellectually lazy and dishonest way of presenting out-of-context URLs.
Since the latter group prefers to communicate in URLs, I will respond in kind:
There is a true and oft quoted saying in the IT industry GIGO which translates out to Garbage In Garbage Out.
I wasted 1/2 hour of my life examining:
https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/continuing-importance-thomas-sowell/ which is intellectual garbage and
https://youtu.be/HOab0eMgyJE which is just twisted garbage.
These two URLs neatly show how and why so many deluded Americans spout Garbage.
Now for a palate cleanser:
A line from the above:
“But it’s when Sowell adopts these historical lessons as the only explanation you need to understand inequality of incomes and opportunities in 21st-century America that he reveals how little he’s learned in the past 20 years. ”
Sowell is the goto guy for conservatives (many of whom are racists) and his ideas are at odds with other economists such as Thomas Piketty.
People who are enthralled by Sowell’s ideas could broaden their world views by reading Piketty.
Worth spending the time to view
As Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott says,
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson tells interviewer: ‘I lie’