Glenn Beck is an Idiot11 June, 2009
Glenn Beck is an idiot. (And grass is green, the sky is gray, and scrapple is delicious.) Either that, or he is severely dyslexic (I am mildly dyslexic (mostly number orders and left-right)). Why do I say this? While talking out of his ass about the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial, he said (from C&L):
Beck: This is not the work of right-wing conservatives. This is the work of someone today who is racist, crazy, or most likely, both. Common sense tells you that there are very hateful people on the Right and the Left.
That’s right. Somehow, in Beck’s mind, von Brunn is not a ‘right-wing conservative.’ Which means he is an idiot, dyslexic, or a dark comedian. And, he was going after the ones who are always the targets when there is a witch hunt:
Beck: There is gonna be a witchhunt, I believe, in this country, and quite possibly all around the world. For two groups. First group: Jews. It happens every time.
Second group: I think, Conservatives.
… Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security reports about right-wing extremists. You remember that came out a few weeks ago? Left-wing bloggers and some in the media have blamed conservative hosts like me or Bill O’Reilly for just stirring the pot! I’m not stirring the pot. I’m pointing out the pot is boiling and there is trouble in America. Since when — have you ever heard of ‘don’t blame the messenger’?
Von Brunn is a right-wing conservative nutjob (from the Southern Poverty Law Center).
Von Brunn runs the website holywesternempire.org, which was listed in2008 as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Von Brunn has a long history of associations with prominent neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. In the 1980s or early 1990s, von Brunn was employed by Noontide Press, a part of the Holocaust denying Institute of Historical Review, which was then run by Willis Carto, one of America’s most prominent anti-Semites.
Von Brunn is the author of the 1999 book, “Kill the Best Gentiles,” a racist and anti-Semitic tome that argues that whites are seeing “today on the world stage a tragedy of enormous proportions: the calculated destruction of the White Race and the incomparable culture it represents. Europe, former fortress of the West, is now over-run by hordes of non-Whites and mongrels.” A raging anti-Semite, von Brunn blames “The Jews” for the destruction of the West. The book is dedicated to prominent neo-Nazis and racists including Revilo Oliver and Wilmot Robertson.
In 2003, AP reported that von Brunn had painted a portrait of Rear Adm. John Crommelin, a raging anti-Semite who was a close associate of neo-Nazi William Pierce, whose book The Turner Diaries inspired Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.
On his website, von Brunn also claims that in 1981, while wearing a “London Fog raincoat to conceal his weapons,” he attempted to put the whole Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve under “legal, non-violent citizens-arrest.” He wanted “to bind their hands and persuade them to appear on television.” The website says he was sentenced to 11 years for his actions.
A raging anti-Semitic and racist posting on the website arsenalofhypocrisy.com attributed to “James Von Brunn” says that “the Federal Reserve Act (1913) gave JEWS control of America’s Money.” It also says that “America is a Third-World racial garbage dump–stupid, ignorant, dead-broke, and terminal.” It ends with, “Prepare to die, Whitey.”
Like Roeder and Poplawski, von Brunn is an extreme conservative, a believer in many of the myths of the far right (Jews control the Federal Reserve, the federal government is illegal, taxes are illegal, Obama will take the guns away, Obama is not an American and is thus a usurper), and a nutjob. They are/were mentally unstable individuals fed a diet of conspiracy by the media right (such as Glen Beck (FEMA concentration camps, incipient socialism/fascism, fed conspiracies)).
Not only that, but the Department of Homeland Security called it right.
Please note that I am not saying that all conservatives are terrorists. Nor am I saying that there are not violent and unstable individuals on the left. The right should, of course, recognize that this is conservative paranoia brought to its illogical extreme.