Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It Can't Be Good If It Makes The Tea Party Squeamish

Apparently, the Confederacy will not be endorsing Michele Bachmann.  It will instead run its own slate of candidates.  The Daily Beast reports on the rising number of white supremacists including former Ku Klux Klan leader David  Duke who are running for public office.  According to Don Black who is one of those candidates,
“Many of our people are involved in the Tea Party . . . .But much of their leadership is skittish when it comes to talking about racial realities. The Tea Party is a healthy movement but many are too conditioned to run like scared rabbits when called racists.”
It's good to know that Tea Party leaders have qualms about racism.  It's a little less comforting that one of the major new white supremacist candidates lives in neighboring Montana.  The article covers Montana's John Abarr.
“White people need to wake up to the fact that we’re becoming a minority in our country,” says John Abarr, a 41-year-old former organizer for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has filed to begin raising money for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.  He’s not worried that the Republican Party isn’t backing him: “I don’t think public opinion is all that much against us. Montanans are independent thinkers.” His key platform? Abolish the Fed, raise the military age to 21 to stop what he calls the “barbaric” practice of sending teenagers to war, end the death penalty, legalize marijuana (he doesn’t smoke or drink himself), establish a 5 percent flat tax, and help whites by fighting entitlements (like affirmative action and immigration) that he says favor minorities. He describes the Klan as a Christian, white civil-rights organization, and glosses over the brutality that has earned the group its bad name. “I can’t agree with lynching anybody for any reason, but that was a different time in our history.” He adds: “We already have a black president, and I’m not sure when we’ll have a white president elected again.”
Abarr's candidacy prompts a couple of questions.  How long will it be before a white supremacist seeks public office in South Dakota?  How will South Dakota Tea Partiers deal with that candidacy?

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