28 October, 2008

Nazis – I hate those guys

I sometimes look at stuff written by Eric Martin, one of those "bloggers". He talks about international affairs and US politics in an interesting manner, and I am not just saying that because he uses Belle & Sebastian lyrics as post titles. Anyways, in this post he talks about the crazy world of the American Right, where people seem to think that if Barack Obama becomes president then he will force socialism down the throat of the freedom loving American people. The persecution complexes of these people are fascinating, and I particularly enjoyed one linked-to rightwing blog, where the chain of reasoning went like this:

FACT 1: An FBI informant in the Weather Underground declared that, back in the 1970s, people in that organisation* talked about the need to exterminate the 25 million Americans who would never accept socialism.

FACT 2: One member of the Weather Underground was Mr Bill Ayers.

FACT 3: Bill Ayers subsequently served on the board of an organisation with Mr Barack Obama.

FACT 3 (b): Bill Ayers may have corrected essays that Barack Obama wrote while in college.

CONCLUSION: Barack Obama may well exterminate 25 million Americans if he is elected president.

Meanwhile, the liberal controlled media have been talking about how two American Nazis have been arrested on charges of conspiring to murder Obama and a load of students in a school mainly frequented by African Americans. Obviously, nothing has yet been proved and it is easy to stereotype skinhead with swastika tattoos, but one thing about the case leaped out at me – the two skinheads are alleged to have planned to wear top hats and tuxedos while carrying out their murderous crimes. Does anyone know what this is all about? Do top hats have some kind of cultural significance that is lost on people from outside the USA?

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*the Weather Underground, not the FBI.


rener said...

I suspect that, in this case, the top hat thing is significant only of utter batshit insanity.

Colin said...

the chain of 'facts' (as well as the persecution complex) comes across as little different from the screaming mentalism melanie phillips comes off with every week.

about the top hat and tux thing, i'd heard that the outfits were supposed to be all-white. what difference that makes i've no idea. i'd also heard they'd planned to shoot 88 and decapitate 14 black people before they tried thier luck with obama. i'm hard pushed to think of anything that would make an assasination attempt less likely to succeed than going on a seperate mass-murder rampage beforehand. still, these, as well as the previous bunch of skinheads hoping to take a pop at him at a rally a few months ago, have surely stolen the title of 'world's most incompetent terrorists' from the glasgow airport 'bombers'.

jennifer said...

Wow, I have no idea about the significance of these kids wearing tuxedos and top hats. Those kinds of outfits are something my camp, musical-loving friends would wear to a fancy dress party, so I find the knowledge that some racist, mentally unstable, swastika-loving kids would want to take on such garb rather unusual.

I read a really illuminating post about the cries about 'socialism!! omg!' from the Republicans at Obama that put it into historical context for me. It might be somewhat relevant here. Read it here: http://www.feministing.com/archives/011603.html