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White Nationalists March Into 2012 Elections

White Nationalists March Into 2012 Elections

The GOP presidential field may get a little bigger and a whole lot whiter should David Duke enter the race.

The former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and vocal “white civil rights advocate” is considering a run, and he is not alone.  According to Eve Conant at The Daily Beast, many former and current neo-Confederates and other members of the “white nationalist” movement are looking to fill in local and not-so-local electoral vacancies.

In many ways the resurgence and mainstreaming of white nationalism is of little surprise.  Historically periods of high unemployment and depressed wages brings out the worst of this country’s populist impulses.  And those who have filed to run reinforce this historical truism, citing rising unemployment, four years with an African-American president and “rampant illegal immigration” as motivation to run.

So far these candidates are not winning, but they are gaining an alarming amount of support– sometimes as much as 30 percent in some races.  And they are showing the influence of national organizing.  Just a few weeks after President Obama was elected Duke gathered his followers in Memphis to develop a strategy on how best to respond, and that strategy was simple: get elected instead.

The Southern Poverty Law center tracked 23 candidates in the 2010 elections who were self-described white supremacists or white nationalists.

Many of these candidates benefited from a new umbrella organization called A3P, or the American Third Position.  The group was launched by academics and lawyers with the express mission of representing the “political interests of White Americans.”

This coalition has traditionally backed perpetual presidential candidate Ron Paul and joined the ranks of supporters of his son, Rand, but has now expanded to a field of national candidates.  And they are looking to tap into the youth vote with an expansive platform that includes abolishing the Federal Reserve, raising the military age to 21, ending the death penalty and legalizing marijuana.

But the real question is will those other positions be enough to sanitize the hate fueling these candidates and if so, what does that say about the state of race relations in this country?

 

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11:00PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

thanks for the post

6:23PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Diane O. there have been enough stories here that support my comment so it is NOT a lie, you're just in denial.

1:48PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

For anyone interested, yes, Kentucky's Tea Party gathering does have a t-shirt that says, "Yep, I'm a racist".
There were many other t-shirts, that were of a negative nature, but then.......are you surprised?

In your search engine, just type: _Kentucky Tea Party T-shirt_.
That's all it takes to find, for what you are looking.

Keep in mind, you are dealing with the South, and too many people of hate, live there. Maybe, it's the heat!!!
(I apologize to the Southerners, who do not fit into this description.)

1:39PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The political humor never ends.

1:14PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

It becomes very annoying, listening to disciples of the GOP tell us they are not racists. Yet, they do not discourage any racist groups, from joining their fold.

If David Duke runs, NO, he will not win a national election.
However, as the article states, when economic times are bad, some people have a tendency to vent their anger on others, especially anyone who appears 'different'.
Remember, MISERY LOVES COMPANY!!!

My main concern, hinges on local elections.
Having traveled to Atlanta, recently, I asked the innkeeper at our Bed & Breakfast, if they are still fighting the Civil War, and she declared, quite emphatically, "Oh, YES!".
When you have lunatics, who can not, or will not accept reality and live in the present, you have a problem.

Insecure people are so tiring. They _zap_ all your energy, and rest assured, in most cases, they will 'hurt' you.
It goes back to the MISERY LOVES COMPANY thing.

10:41AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Vince, she ran this article to inflame the republicans....it's always about the number of "hits" on a thread. I just wish her articles would attract more articulate democratic rebuttals. Guess that's a bridge too far.

Anyone with a brain understands that this hate mongerering group and David Duke are the scumbags of the earth. There is nothing good about their presence on this earth. And yet there are some who are worried he'll run for President. Stupidity knows no bounds.....

10:36AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Patrick, not too long ago I seem to remember the Democratic Party literally throwing Hillary Clinton under the bus to make room for "The One."

Talk about equality for women? Look around you and educate yourself. There are high level women working in every phase of government and in the private sector. They are earning the same salaries as men and probably higher. We have women Governors and Secretary of State. Now we have women in our presidential and vice president races. Take a look at the Supreme Court.

Saying that the GOP has a sick attitude towards women is a blatant lie and cannot be supported by ANY documentation.

10:34AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Bertha, Jeffrey W,
"I must agree with you. No conservatives, republicans or independents would ever consider David Duke as a run for 2012. Have no idea why Jessica would even run such a column."

She probably ran this column just to get everyone fired up and agitated. These nutcases are not viable candidates and everyone knows it. They don't deserve the attention, unless it can get people riled up, then they become useful.

10:29AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Zeke-Zeke-Zeke........I know all that already. And, I'm probably
old enough to be your granma which means I've seen, read &
heard enough to know the difference between riots non-stop
and one out burst by the Native American indians.
Tell you what, you can bleed all you want for whoever & I'll
do the same, that way we will be even.
I'll support the Native American indian always because my son
in law is an American indian.

Stick that in your pipe & smoke it.....................

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth............

9:21AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Bette, Bette, Bette - The fact that you keep bringing up the riots shows you really don't know what's really going on or what's really happening. #1- Most black folk don't riot or have ever rioted. Blacks were appalled during the LA, Watts, Detroit riots etc. Don't paint all Blacks with the same broad brush. You wouldn't like that would you? That is David Duke's stock in trade.

Rioting is about anger, not being positively dealt with, that has boiled over after mistreatment, government neglect and organized injustice. It's about feeling powerless and disenfranchised. No one says its right. It just is. It is a response mechanism. BTW, you don't think Native Americans are p.o.'d? You commend them and admire them because they don't riot or complain. They don't because they have been effectively marginalized by White Nationalism to their respective reservations for the most part and their angst tends toward self-destruction through drugs and alcohol which is rampant. But they do lash out Bette. Have you ever heard of the Wounded Knee Incident of 1973? Look it up. The Oglala Lakota tribe got so mad they took over a town. Two federal agents were killed in that little dust up.

The more you know the more you grow.

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