Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Please, Folks, Make Fun of the Nazis

What do call twelve guys getting together on the Capitol steps to lash out at Jews, minorities and immigrants? A Nazi 'Party'. Get it? Party? Nevermind:

Hundreds of demonstrators sang, danced and traded insults Monday with a small group of neo-Nazis who gathered on the Capitol steps in the third such rally this year in this liberal college town.

About 12 members of the National Socialist Movement stood in a row outside the Capitol, wearing their signature brown shirts, red swastika armbands and black boots.

They held aloft two swastika flags and railed against gays, Jews, non-whites and communists over a public address system.

The group, which is based in Minneapolis and claims chapters around the country, said it hoped to draw attention and find new recruits with the rally.

"We're going to come with more storm troopers every year, and every month we're going to double in size," Seattle-area neo-Nazi Justin Boyer told the crowd.

Similar National Socialist Movement demonstrations have turned violent elsewhere in the country, but the State Patrol reported no arrests or incidents during the rally and protests, which lasted about two hours.

It brings to mind the quote by Edmund Burke:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

So the next time the these idiots come to town, do what you can to show them how we feel.

Will of the PikePlacePolitics


Blogger BigNewsDay said...

I have to disagree with here. These idiots want counter-protestors. If everyone would just stay away and pay no attention to these types of demonstrations, they wil be completely ineffective. However, I do believe we need to watch these movements like a hawk to make sure they don't become to strong.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous david said...

How sad to see liberals and progressives in America so worried about nostalgic Nazis wannabes when the real white supremacists are poised to take all three branches of the Federal government. Even the leader of this Brown Shirt Hoedown was disappointed by the turnout.

Where were the defenders of democratic rights and freedoms when the White House was stolen in 2000? Don't tell me the only time the Democrats listen to their leadership is when they're being robbed. Why didn't thousands protest as they did the Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. Of course the "dirty secret" of the fight for democracy in the Ukraine was that it was financed by the US Congress.

And what of a quorum? As voter turnout continues to fall and fewer and fewer citizens see any point in participating in politics when the elected are so easily bought by the K Street lobbyists, when do the elected cease to have legitimacy? When three quarters of the eligible voters can be said NOT to have voted for the President, can we really respect the holder of that office? When the Electoral College votes of Florida were stolen in 2000 and those of Ohio in 2004, is the current President not the Great Imposter?

It is when no one is willing to defend democracy from the backroom boys, the carpetbaggers, and the lobbyists that one sees the frustrated idealists joining fringe groups like the neo-Nazis, the Communists, or any of the dozens of utopian political, religious, or sexual parties. Every citizen is a stakeholder in democracy and there is nothing sacred about the means of democratically electing a government. The current method is now proved to be undemocratic. It's time to protest. However it's not the 12 pathetic losers of the Nazi Movement outside the Capitol who should be picketed; it's the "elected" members inside the Capitol who need to hear the voice of the people.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm attempted to agree. But, the tactic of "just ignore the problem" doesn't work anymore. Neo-Nazi thugs should be opposed wherever and whenever. It doesn't make them bigger in anyone eyes to let them alone to spout their bull.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

I'm for heaping derision on both the pathetic Nazi losers and the kleptocrats, as David suggests.

3:06 AM  
Anonymous everyman said...

Some days I am very thick. The Nazis are about 60 years behind the times and David is concerned about the last two elections. Perhaps both should move on at this time.
Almost 1/2 of the people who voted favored George Bush, the election was hardly stolen. Yet the outcome was manipulated. The injustice is not the electoral college vote but the fact that the Democratic Party garnered 50% of the popular vote. Why could they not do better? The party of the people could not find the right agenda to move more Americans to vote Democratic.
Kerry was and is a poor choice for President, just as Bush is and was.
Let Democrats put up better candidates this time and we will see what happens.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Move on??? everyman, that is so Republican. It sounds like the police officer droning, "Move along. Nothing to see here. Move along now."

There was nothing wrong with Kerry as a candidate. What makes thoughtful candidates look bad is the media circus in America that damns if one does and damns if one doesn't. It's a Republican media that looks after its own.

The theft of the last two elections is important. To quote a proverb Bush can't get right: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. America is no longer a democracy. All the Democrats could vote this November and the Republicans stay home and the Republicans would still win.

The Nazi philosophy is alive and well. Only pathetic souls call it Nazism; the savvy types call it neo-conservativism. Bush's grandfather admired Hitler. But American neo-con Nazis can't burn down Congress, it's too obvious. No, they've got to rig elections and control the media; then tell the Democrats it's their fault they lost for not finding perfect candidates.

7:37 AM  

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