The inaptly named “Patritoic Activist” put up a post on Obama’s economic stimulus package. He titled it “Obama bribes voters”. The actual post was mostly innocuous:
Democrat Barack Obama said Wednesday that as president he would spend $210 billion to create jobs in construction and environmental industries, as he tried to win over economically struggling voters.
Obama’s investment would be over 10 years as part of two programs. The larger is $150 billion to create 5 million so-called “green collar” jobs to develop more environmentally friendly energy sources.
Sixty billion would go to a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to rebuild highways, bridges, airports and other public projects. Obama estimated that could generate nearly 2 million jobs, many of them in the construction industry that’s been hit by the housing crisis.
No big deal. One can easily point out that all candidates do the same by proposing, oh say, massive tax cuts our economy cannot support, as Republicans are wont to do.
So the post itself, objectivity (far) aside, appears harmless, save for a graphic (AIPAC for Obama) that links to a white nationalist website. The Rational Psychic was first out the door taking PA to task for this:
What are you trying to prove by having this white nationalist link on your page?
I’m sorry but don’t I understand your question.
Yeah, right. But this guys blog makes for really good reading. He’s pretty overtly anti-semitic. But his bigotry towards immigrants is something special:
Originally from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, he’s lived north, in the US, for more than 40 years. He is currently president of the Federation of Zacatecan Associations.
The migrants’ influence comes with the massive amounts of money they send back home.
Despite the relative stagnation of the US economy, this flow of money keeps growing, according to recent data. In 2003 it increased by 35% – the total amount sent that year to Mexico was more than $13bn.
In other words, his point is that the migrants are bleeding an already wounded America dry. This is a point you might see in the mainstream media. Its always nice to know your source.
Bigots like PA use a particularly familiar rhetorical strategy. Pick your target (non white christian males), pick your audience (christian white males), and connect the two via a vulnerability. As much as possible, scrape the language clean of overt racism and stick to the meat of the issue, using it as a wedge to push your audience away from your target socially, economically, and politically. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Extra bonus, this guy is running for office in Florida. Seems he has a political plan for bigots across the nation (St. Petersberg Times, emphasis mine):
“We’re sitting down and we’re waiting to die,” said John Ubele, a 28-year-old Shady Hills resident who calls himself a white separatist and has ties to two groups with similar views, the National Alliance and the National Vanguard. “We’re waiting to be wiped out.”
A stranger who ran into Ubele at a party might never discover his extremism. He is clean-cut and soft-spoken with no visible piercings or tattoos. He repairs windows for a living and likes his pancakes with butter-pecan syrup.
While he may not fit the profile of a political firebrand, Ubele has grand ambitions and a nationwide strategy.
If he can win a seat on the three-member Mosquito Control Board in the Nov. 7 general election – and the competition is stiff, partly because board members get $400 a month for attending just one meeting – Ubele wants to ride his political capital to the County Commission and perhaps the Governor’s Mansion after that.
There’s more. Ubele is using the Internet to mobilize other white separatists to run for office around the United States.
“Let’s make 2006 the year we explode onto the political scene,” he wrote on the Web site of the National Vanguard’s Tampa chapter. “Every other race has politicians in office which represent their interests. It’s time we have politicians to represent ours.”
The trouble for people like Ubele is that their bigotry and hatred comes seething out in the end no matter how skillfully they hide their ethical and intellectual failure, and its never pretty to watch.
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