Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vendetta By Flyer

Break out the champagne.

Or at least break out the champagne if you're a blogger who identifies himself as "Conover"- and if I were him, I wouldn't be using my real name.

In his piece, cross-posted at DeepStateNation and Crooks and Liars, he explains

An anti-fascist group posted 250 fliers around the Honeyoe Falls area of New York earlier this week following the white supremacist event which shook the nation to its core which left three people dead and dozens more injured.

The fliers which read "No Nazis in our neighborhood," show a picture of a group of the white supremacists carrying tiki torches on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

One man carrying a torch near the bottom right corner of the image is circled, identifying him as Jerrod Kuhn and claims that he is a "leading figure with the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities," according to Livingston County News.

Kuhn denied being a neo-Nazi, calling the assertion "a crazy accusation" even though the Tiki torch carrying group were seen in the Vice Video chanting, "Blood and soil" (a Nazi Germany era slogan) and "Jews will not replace us" while giving Nazi salutes.

"I'm not a neo-Nazi. I don't belong to a German workers' party from 1933," he said. "I'm a moderate Republican."

I have a soft spot for this guy. Anyone revealed as a Nazi sympathizer who labels himself a "moderate Republican" should be applauded. One almost expects him to lament that Trump's personality and the "optics" of tweeting angrily in the middle of the night obstruct the real business of "tax reform" and infrastructure development.  Conover continues

Kuhn claimed that he traveled to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from one of the city's parks.

"It's a piece of history, and I thought that it should remain," he said. "It's important to me that we preserve American history no matter how ugly the past is it's associated with."

Now he's sounding like a moderate Republican, which evidently irritates others and

Peter Berkman, a volunteer with the group that distributed the fliers identifying Kuhn as a marcher, said that the fliers were circulated in an attempt to make residents in the area aware that they were living in close proximity to Kuhn.

"People have a right to know if their neighbor is a violent neo-Nazi just as much as they would if their neighbor was a violent sex offender," Berkman said. "I think it's important that people know the dangers the community faces and we think people having that information is important for them to protect themselves."

There is a slight distinction there, Charlie. Neighbors are not notified of a violent sex offender in their midst until and unless the individual is found guilty of an offense more serious than having very noxious political views.  Residents may choose to protect themselves against a sex offender by keeping their children away from that danger. How people would "protect themselves" against white supremacists is left to the imagination, but probably goes beyond the Second Amendment.  We learn

"I can't live in this community anymore. I'm in the process of figuring out what I'm going to do," Kuhn said. "I'm 21 years old and now my life is over in this area." 

Berkman, however, looked at the situation differently.

"These folks don't just get to be weekend neo-Nazis and then come home and live comfortably without having people around them knowing who they are," he said. "It's important that people know who he is and that this person is in their community and to proceed with caution."

Well, yes, they do get to be neo-Nazis if they don't break the law. There is, further, something between a gag order and outing an individual to their neighborhood and potentially their friends, relatives, and employer. More Conover:

Alex Gay on Facebook says he went to high school with Kuhn. "If you're proud of your beliefs, deal with the ramifications you sack of human shit,' he wrote.

I'm guessing Mr. Gay was not president of that high school debate club. He added '"Me having human compassion and the ability to look at every race equally doesn't make me a snowflake, a dirty liberal, or whatever else. It means that I have compassion, morality, and the ability to think as a kind and loving person."

I noticed that compassion and loving nature in that "sack of human s_ _ _" comment.  And he is in fact a "snowflake" if someone of represhensible political views, who is not accused of committing a violent act, has so infuriated him.

This is still less a travesty than if tragically the shoe were on the other foot. Consider, for instance, if fliers were passed around a neighborhood identifying someone as a member of Black Lives Matter, or of the Socialist Party, gay, or having had an abortion. Conover or Peter Berkman might have a different reaction, as well he should.

Or perhaps Conover, at least, would approve of an individual losing a custodial or secretarial position at an evangelical church- or anywhere- if she were revealed as being gay or having procured an abortion. Conover concludes

John Ramondetta, known as Johnny Monoxide on white supremacist and neo-Nazi social media sites, was a union electrician working in the Bay Area on a project for Rosendin Electric, but on Wednesday, a company spokeswoman said he was "no longer employed" at the job site, according to SFGate. He is the second individual in the area to lose his job over participating in the hate-rally.

They should consider this a learning experience.

How nice it is that we now have progressives gloating about a person ostracized in his hometown or losing  a job because of his political views.  We await the next post about workers' rights or the uplifting experience of constructive dialogue.

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