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Was Von Brunn An Equal Opportunity Hater?

It appears that could be the case. Kathy Shaidle:

The anti-semitism of von Brunn is the first thing one notices when visiting these bizarre websites. However, like those of most “white supremacists”, many of von Brunn’s political views track “Left” rather than “Right.” Clearly, a re-evaluation of these obsolete definitions is long overdue.

For example, he unleashed his hatred of both Presidents Bush and other “neo-conservatives” in online essays. As even some “progressives” such as the influential Adbusters magazine publicly admit, “neoconservative” is often used as a derogatory code word for “Jews”. As well, even a cursory glance at “white supremacist” writings reveals a hatred of, say, big corporations that is virtually indistinguishable from that of anti-globalization activists.

Shaidle’s point is valid (as is her point about the “obsolete definitons”). This guy wasn’t a product of “right-wing” or “left-wing” views, this guy was a hater of all things that even hinted of Jews, right or left. He was an anti-semite to the core and, frankly, a nut.

Trying to score political points with this tragedy seems badly strained at best and truly an example of how low our political discourse has fallen. Instead of talking about the tragedy of the loss of the security guard to a lunatic, the first thing some want to do is play politics, point fingers and stereotype. That says more about them (you know, the tolerant and non-judgmental types?) than those to whom they’re pointing.

~McQ

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11 Responses to Was Von Brunn An Equal Opportunity Hater?

  • the attempt to score points starts at home bruce.  mikeyW started it yesterday right here.  pedro lives in the godless, fascist loving, commie pinko people’s republic of cambridge.  and everyone here i’ve talked to and the local rags i’ve read this morning are all in agreement: nutbag. no mention of right-wing or left-wing. just a nutbag.  take a good look at michaelW’s post from yesterday.  is he somehow exempt from your perfectly valid criticism?  pedro thinks not. (pedro always puts slow pitch softballs like that in, so that everyone can take a shot, even the slowest of the slow. hi james!)

    • Perhaps the gringos in Cambridge aren’t simpatico with the idea that von Brunn is a representative of the “right wing”, but – alas! – others don’t seem to share that view.

      APThe Homeland Security Department called the shooting a criminal incident and said it does not appear to have a connection to terrorism, according to a joint Homeland Security and FBI assessment issued Wednesday. The assessment, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, said von Brunn is associated with right-wing extremism.

      Matt YglesiasFollowing up on the assassination of George Tiller, we appear to have a new outbreak of right-wing domestic terrorism as white supremacist James Von Brunn goes on a shooting spree at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

      Rachel Maddow (headline) – James von Brunn: Emboldens Other Right Wing Extremists?

      HuffPoThere’s something crazy and violent in the air lately, with much of it rooted in an alarming increase in intense right-white hate.

      HuffPoAnn Coulter, the self-described “conservative Christian” right-wing talking head, is much on my mind as I contemplate the horrifying images that came out of Washington from the Holocaust Museum, where white supremacist James von Brunn opened fire in an attempted mass-murder of Jews. [The rest of this lengthy article is about racism, talk radio and the GOP].’

      SalonI was on “Hardball” today talking about the climate of extreme right-wing rhetoric today, and whether it had anything to do with Wednesday’s tragic shooting at Washington’s Holocaust Museum, or the May 31 murder of Dr. George Tiller by an antiabortion crackpot.
      I tried to choose my words carefully. Unless it’s shown that either man had accomplices, we have to be clear that the men responsible for those murders are the ones who pulled the trigger. Still, it’s hard not to think about the extreme right-wing rhetoric, especially about Barack Obama, and whether it could conceivably lead to more right-wing violence.

      crooksandliars.com - Glenn Beck and his fellow wingnuts — the ones who have been whipping up hysteria among their right-wing populist followers since Obama’s election and before — essentially announced they have no intention of reflecting on their roles in today’s horrifying shooting at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.

      I know that this list is pretty short (/ sarc), but the crime is barely a day old.  We shall see what the talking heads on the left have to say over the next several days after they decide how to play this issue.  My guess is that we’re going to hear quite a lot more blather about how von Brunn is an example of a right-winger, enraged and encouraged to commit this right-wing terrorist act by all the hateful right-wing commentators on right-wing talk radio, right-wing Fox News, and the right-wing blogosphere.

      • And just to show that opinions are like a$$holes (everybody has one) –  Further, today’s shootings at the DC Holocaust Museum bear some of the classic earmarks of a false flag operation. On 9/11 we saw US media fabricate a fairy tale of 19 Arab hijackers who brought down three World Trade Center buildings with two airplane strikes, and left a string of an incompetent clues so ham-handed that they looked planted — and they were.

  • “Trying to score political points with this tragedy seems badly strained at best and truly an example of how low our political discourse has fallen. Instead of talking about the tragedy of the loss of the security guard to a lunatic, the first thing some want to do is play politics, point fingers and stereotype. That says more about them (you know, the tolerant and non-judgmental types?) than those to whom they’re pointing.”

    A paradox of sorts, where those who would rather not play this political game are unavoidably brought down to the level of those who do. It is their only defense in a “Pravda” America. Michael accurately stated the coming storm, from the usual players.  To provide no counter to that inevitability is a sure path to destruction. We only have to look back 65 years to know this is true.  

  • The suggestion that the Standard may have been a target complicates any view of the racist shooter in contemporary left-right terms. Von Brunn’s white supremacist roots put him under the rubric of a “right-wing extremist,” but the substance of his views — which included everything from believing that President Bush may have been in on the September 11 attacks to denying that President Obama is an American citizen — are too far on the fringe to fit into conventional political classification.

  • I always wondered how the “Left” could disown a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). But who really wants somebody like Lyndon LaRouche holding their banner ?

    Just like von Brunn, the guy is a “radical”.

    Nobody on the Left wants to call him a member of the “radical Left” and nobody on the Right wants to call him a member of the “Radical Right”. The guy is a non-adjectived “radical”.

    • The guy is a non-adjectived “radical”.

      That’s probably realistic, and for the best.

  • Well, have you seen the guy’s manifesto? The lovely Tamara K. linked it from her blog. You can get it here.

    He was a classic anti-semite. He could have been a research assistant on Mein Kampf. He even quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    He’s going to hate neo-conservatives, because for him that’s a code term for Jews.

    He’s got to hate Christian evangelicals because they are bigtime supporters of Israel, and in fact American evangelicals were zionists before zionists were zionists, back in the 19th century.

    Maybe he could have some sympathy for old country club Republicans who didn’t like the ideas of having Jews out on their golf course. But he might find even more sympathy with the eugenics movement (he’s a white supremacist, if that’s not obvious).

    This guy has a Jewish conspiracy going further back than the bloody Masonic conspiracy. I didn’t read the whole thing, so maybe he links the two of them.

    • My God, it’s hard to believe someone can get that screwed up in only 80 years!

  • There are unconfirmed reports that James W. von Brunn was registered as a Democrat in the state of Maryland

  • What’s especially galling is that an Anti-semitic psychopath keeps being lumped in with  a group of people that for all intents and purposes (whatever you may hthink of their views) has been Israel and the Jewish community’s biggest supporters.

    Infuriating.