Just yesterday I posted about Senator Harry Reid’s noninvolvement in a Solar Farm deal with the Chinese which was contrary to much of what has been posted over the past week on the Alex Jones infowars website. You’d be shocked by some of the comments I’ve received ranging from outright racist to the psychotic. I have chosen not to approve those comments as they are seething with hate from right wingers who do nothing to bring me to their cause. But that is not what this post is about.
This past Monday April 14 a former leader of the KKK killed 3 people at a Jewish Center and retirement home two of which were Christians (a grandfather and his young grandson) and not Jewish at all. Now comes news that the accused killer Frazier Glenn Cross was barred from a website called Stormfront which is a radical neo-Nazi website and holds the distinction as the “murder capital on the Internet” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Apparently this website was not radical enough for Cross and he had disagreements with its founder who subsequently barred him from involvement on the website.
The SPLC claims that there are at least 10 murders linked to activities on Stormfront. They say Stormfront and websites like it are breeding grounds for people with extremist right wing views and racist views to commit murder or other hate crimes. The law center says Stormfront “helps them find the enemy…whether they are Jews, African Americans, immigrants….”. Heidi Beirich who is part of the SPLC Intelligence Project told the Guardian that it’s not very surprising that “people live in this kind of stew of violent racism” and “eventually pick up a gun and do something about it at some point.”
Although the website of Stormfront doesn’t get much traffic it is reported that it has a core dedicated group of active users and that “Stormfront’s bias-related murder rte accelerated significantly after Barack Obama became President.” The Stormfront forum was used by Anders Behring Breivik as well as Cross. Breivik ended up killing 77 people in a 2011 massacre in Norway and the forum was also used by Wade Michael Page who shot and killed 6 people at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012.
Earlier this week CNN released a report claiming that in America people who follow far-right-wing ideologies have been responsible for more killings than Islamic extremists since 9/11. These statistics were apparently collected by the New American Foundation who concluded that far right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the US for political reasons since 9/11 whereas terrorists influenced by al Qaeda ideology have killed 21 people in the US since 9/11. In my post yesterday on Reid I said that the extreme right wing is just as dangerous as the extreme left wing and these stats seem to prove me right.
In the CNN report (see their link below) Peter Bergen is the source of the information. He is the Director of the New American Foundation and CNN’s National Security analyst. Bergen also wrote the book entitled “The Ten Year Search for bin Laden.” Bergen wrote the CNN report along with David Sterman who is a research assistant with the NAF. In that report Bergen says that since 9/11 far right wing extremists with various ideologies including White Supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government extremists have “killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda ideology.” He then gives the stats saying the right wingers have killed 34 people while the al Qaeda influenced extremists have killed 21 people in the US since 9/11. He notes that a variety of LEFT wing militants have also carried out violent attacks including environmental extremists but none have been linked to murder according to NAF research since 9/11.
The stats are alarming to me. Alarming because I know that in hard economic times people go looking for scapegoats and do some crazy things. Hitler and his Nazis convinced the German people that the Jews were to blame for Germany’s hard economic times and the result was the wholesale slaughter of millions of innocent Jewish people in the Nazi death camps. Yet, in truth, Germany’s pre-war economic problems were the fault of both the German government and the German people! And the same is true today in America. Our economic problems are the fault of the American people and government. For far too long the American people have been LAZY. We’ve ignored our civic and constitutional duty to be vigilant and to hold our elected officials accountable. Instead we’ve just been far too busy playing with our X-boxes or something and we STILL are not holding our elected officials accountable even today! We can blame whoever we wish for our economic woes but in the end it comes out to being OUR FAULT, all of us! We The People have FAILED our civic duty! Amazing that what we seem to have in America today is a repeat of history almost exactly only in our case this history is from pre-war Germany. And, sadly, our response seems to be near the same. Blame and murder and more blame. That’s not going to get us anywhere productive just as Germany’s blame and murder got them nowhere in the end.
I hear a lot of people pay lip service saying, “God bless America” but, frankly, after 9/11 I think God stopped blessing America and started damning America. I’ve seen a quick downward spiral in the country since that day and it just seems to be going deeper and deeper down the path of self-destruction. And then there is the growing hate in this country that becomes more and more apparent with each passing day. Some of that hate is focused on race. Some of it is focused on religion. Some of it is focused on sexuality or sexual preference. Some of it is focused on sexism, environmentalism, or politics among many other things. Some of this hate is promoted and fanned by radical right wingers and some of it is promoted and fanned by radical left wingers. But what it comes down to is this. Hate is Hate no matter where it comes from! And that’s the point of this post.
The American people today are perhaps more divided against each other than at any other time in our history except possibly during the times of the American Civil War. Americans back then were so divided on the issue of slavery and hate was so widespread on both sides that it all exploded into a Civil War in this nation which almost put an end to this nation permanently. Does this need to happen again? Do we really need to watch our loved ones die for some screwed up “cause”? I’m not ready to watch that yet and I’m betting you aren’t either.
America faces some huge problems today and that’s an understatement actually. Sadly, instead of doing something constructive to remedy those problems we seem to have chosen to play the “blame game.” Problem with that game is that it NEVER gets us anywhere good and it’s a waste of time. You might have one finger pointing at whoever “them” is but take a close look and notice you have 3 of your own fingers pointing right back at YOU. Somewhere along the line Americans must come to the realization that divided we cannot and WILL NOT stand no matter what! Somewhere along the line American must begin to choose UNITY over division. If we are looking to our leaders today to make that choice for us we are to be soarly disappointed as they seem rather bent on DIS-unity rather than unity. Hate is only a part of that growing disunity in this country that will eventually come to a head and explode in some fashion and to some degree. When it does it is NOT going to be good for any of us no matter where we stand on the left OR right OR in the middle. It’s not going to matter one bit.
In pre-war Germany during their bad economic times they found the “answer” named Adolf Hitler the madman. Is that the “answer” we will find in some American Hitler? I would hope not as such a choice will be just as disastrous for us as it was for the German people in those times. It’s time to exit off of the “hate train” because it’s a train on the way to a big CRASH. And when that crash happens we will ALL pay the price, a very high price, be we from the right or from the left.