Today, James Von Brunn, an elderly white supremacist, went into the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and opened fire with a small caliber rifle. At least two persons, besides Von Brunn, himself, suffered gunshot wounds. One of the victims, a security guard at the museum, died this afternoon.
Von Brunn was arrested in 1981 for entering the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Board with a shotgun, claiming he had planted a bomb, and threatening to take hostages. He was later convicted and served six and a half years in prison.
Von Brunn posted some particularly hateful and disturbing writings on white supremacist web sites, recently. Some of his choice quotes include "Today, on the World stage, White men are LAUGHED AT, their women taken, raped, and bred by stronger men," "America is a Third-World racial garbage-dump..." and, of course, "Heil Hitler!"
Or, how about this scholarly piece from Van Brunn's manifesto?
"Approval of inter-racial breeding is predicated on idiotic Christian dogma that God's children must love their enemies (a concept JEWS totally reject); and on LIBERAL/MARXIST/JEW propaganda that all men/races are created equal. These genocidal ideologies, preached from the American pulpits, taught in American schools, legislated in the halls of Congress (confirming TALMUDIC conviction that goyim are stupid sheep), are expected to produce a single, superintelligent, beautiful, non-White "American" population. Eliminating forever racism, inequality, bigotry and war. As with ALL LIBERAL ideologies, miscegenation is totally inconsistent with Natural Law: the species are improved through in-breeding, natural selection and mutation. Only the strong survive. Cross-breeding Whites with species lower on the evolutionary scale diminishes the White gene-pool while increasing the number of physiologically, psychologically and behaviorally deprived mongrels. Throughout history improvident Whites have miscegenated. The "brotherhood" concept is not new (as LIBERALS pretend) nor are the results -- which are inevitably disastrous for the White Race -- evident today, for example, in the botched populations of Cuba, Mexico, Egypt, India, and the inner cities of contemporary America." --Kill the Best Gentiles, James Van BrunnCharming, eh? I took a gander through some of the web sites that published his "work" and let me tell you, there are some very dark corners on this internet thing. I don't recommend that faint-hearted persons go fishing. There are some very twisted minds out there.
There have been a number of these horrifying incidents, lately. Not all of them are necessarily motivated by racial hatred. There was the shooting at the Unitarian Universalist Church last July. There was the murder of Dr. Tiller in Wichita, Kansas less than two weeks ago.
It seems to me that these terrible acts are symptoms of the terminal illness that is destroying the hateful coalition that the Republican party has cultivated with their "Southern strategy." The plebs of that alliance are losing their influence and they know it, and they're lashing out in the most ugly of fashions.
In deference to the anonymous poster that comments on my blog, let me mention the shooting that occurred at a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and explain why I don't believe that it is an indication of a dangerous trend. The shooter, in that case, was a recently converted Muslim who claims he was acting in retaliation toward the US military for its supposed crimes. But there are no prominent voices on the so-called "left" that espouse such a position. Keith Olberman does not claim that the military is destroying the country. Rachel Maddow does not refer to Dick Cheney as a murderer. There is no one in the United States that is publicly glorifying this murder.
On the other hand, take a look at the rhetoric that is regularly spouted by prominent media voices like Bill O'Reilly, who referred to Dr. Tiller as "Tiller the Baby-Killer." Or, how about Alan Keyes, former Republican presidential candidate, who said of President Obama: "We are either going to stop him or the United States is going to cease to exist"? How about the "pro-life" (how's that for a misnomer?) groups that are hailing Scott Roeder as a hero? Or Texas governor Rick Perry hinting at secession?
This country is heading for a very dark and dangerous place at a particularly perilous time. Economic turmoil, a potential pandemic, smoldering fires threatening global conflagration. The first thing we, in the United States, had better do, is figure out what to do about the fanatics in our midst.
Note to readers: I have amended this post with an extended quote from Mr. Van Brunn's writing to better illustrate how I believe he is an indirect product of Republican demagoguery around xenophobia and racism and the mischaracterization of liberal policy. I hope this will address the questions of the anonymous poster who commented yesterday.