by Diane Rufino, June 24, 2021
The Democrat Party of the United States….. I have to hand it to you…..
Your plans and platforms have been so progressive, your policies so vile and offensive, your methods so discriminatory, arbitrary,, irrational, and insulting, your goals so utterly divisive and without merit, your rationale so self-serving, blindly-ambitious, and contrary to facts and science, your messaging so revealing a contempt for many, and your loyalties so un-American that you have managed to inspire a whole host of (fascist and Marxist) political parties and regimes all over the world – in particular, the most heinous regime of all, the Nazi Party.
Some say that the Nazi Party was born in Munich, in 1919. Adolf Hitler was living there at the time… a time when the city was consumed with revolutionary activity. He was employed as an intelligence officer and given information about those involved in fomenting a workers’ revolt. To follow up on this lead, Hitler was sent to a meeting of the German Workers’ Party at the city’s Sterneckerbrau, which was a brewery with an inn attached to it. The German Workers’ Party was established by a man named Anton Drexler, who was very specific in the platform he believed would be most attractive to war-torn German workers. He wanted a workers’ party that was strongly nationalistic, desiring the elimination of the Jews, and the recognition of Aryan superiority. Liking very much what he heard, Hitler joined the party.
Over the next few months, Hitler impressed Drexler so much that he was given greater and greater responsibility for developing the party’s political aims and its methods of propaganda. On February 24, 1920, Hitler gave his most effective speech yet, at the city’s Hofbrauhaus, in which he outlined the party’s 25-point manifesto.
Two month’s later, the party was renamed the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (or Nazi Party). Meetings were well-attended and often rowdy… most likely due to Hitler’s fiery speeches which stirred up nationalist passions. To deal with the resulting security issues, Hitler formed the Sturmabteilung (better known as the SA or “brown shirts”) for protection. Within the year, he was able to replace Drexler as party leader.
On the night of November 6, 1923, Nazi stormtroppers attempted to take over several government buildings while Hitler gave a table-top speech in Munich’s Burgerbraukeller to a crowd of about 3,000 people. In that speech, he announced plans for a national revolution and the formation of a new government. This event is famously known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Unfortunately, the event lacked organization and eventually broke down into chaos. The next day, the Nazis marched through the center of the city towards the war ministry building, but were stopped by the police. A fierce gun battle ensued leaving 18 dead, and Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason. He was found guilty of high treason for his part in planning a revolution to topple the short-lived Weimar Republic and sentenced to prison for five years.
[November 9, 1918, with Germany on the verge of defeat at the end of World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the emperor of German, abdicated under pressure from US President Woodrow Wilson. German Generals Ludendorff and Hindenburg then handed the reigns of power over to the left-leaning Social Democrats, giving them the job of forming a democratic republic (the system favored by the victors). On November 9, a republic was proclaimed – the Weimar Republic].
During 1924, with Hitler in prison and writing his book (his manifesto), MEIN KAMPF, he also found time to plan his route to power (by democratic means). Taking cues from other extremist parties, particularly the Communists, he began to organize small local branches of the party and youth organizations of like-minded supporters. He expanded the SA, selecting his most fanatical supporters, many of whom were for former soldiers, to join the newly-formed Sschutzstuffel (or SS) and the Hitler Youth. Next he began to talk about ending the republic and replace it with a government that would serve the German people and their interests far better. He began to talk about the “Jewish problem” and the “Communist problem.” He blamed both groups for selling out the country and for being the main cause of Germany’s problems.
In October 1929, disaster struck the republic with the Wall Street Crash, The economic effects of the Great Depression that followed were felt all over the world. Germany, however, was affected in a particularly bad way. US banks which had loaned Germany money to ease its misery under the Treaty of Versailles (the highly retributive treaty that ended WWI and blamed Germany almost entirely) were forced to call in those loans and ask for the return of the money. Economic collapse followed in Germany. Businesses went bankrupt and unemployment soared. During the winters of 1930-31, and 1931-32, over six million Germans were unemployed. Statistically, that meant that in one in every two families, the breadwinner was out of work.
The time was ripe for change. Hitler’s Nazi Party was looking way more attractive.
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, ramped up his propaganda efforts, creating catchy campaign slogans and posters, appealing to people’s emotions rather than their brains. Goebbels explained his methods: “There are two ways to make a revolution, You can blast your enemy with machine guns until he acknowledges the superiority of those holding the machine guns. That is one way. Or you can transform the nation through a revolution of the spirit….
In March 1932, Adolf Hitler stood I the presidential election, coming in second to the incumbent Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler demanded to be made chancellor but was refused. In January 1933, however, Hindenburg realized that in order to get his policies through, he would need someone in the post who had support in the Reichstag, and consequently, he appointed Hitler as chancellor.
In March 1933, Hitler called for another election (hoping to get more Nazis elected) and the Nazi propaganda machine exploded into overdrive, This time, the Nazi Party had the additional advantages of holding power over the opposition press and having control of the streets either by the police or the SA. A few days before the election, the Reichstag building was mysteriously set on fire. Hitler was quick to blame the Communists, claiming this was the beginning of an uprising or revolt. He demanded emergency powers to deal with the incident and President Hindenburg obliged, with the Emergency Powers Act. Arrests followed immediately and some 4000 Communists, along with other Nazi opponents, were taken off the streets.
The election that Hitler called for saw the Nazis win their biggest ever share of the vote (43.9 percent), which secured an absolute majority of 52 percent. Hitler immediately banned the Communist Party and engineered the passing of the Enabling Act, which gave him the power to rule by decree rather than passing laws through the Reichstag and the president. Essentially, the Act enabled Adolf Hitler to assume dictatorial powers. And assuming such powers he did. He used the Enabling Act to restrict or suspend many of the German peoples’ civil rights.
Within weeks, dictator Hitler had cleared the civil service, court and education systems of “alien elements,” including Jews and other Nazi critics, banned all trade unions, passed a law preventing the formation of new political parties, and taken control of all German state governments. The following year, 1934, Hitler began sending any remaining political opponents to the hastily-built “wild camps” – the forerunners of the more permanent concentration camps. He perceived some of these “remaining political opponents” to be among his own camp, in the SA, and so on the week-end of June 29-30, he launched the so-called “Night of the Long Knives” against the leadership of the SA. Squads of SS men murdered up to 400 people that week-end.
On August 1, Hitler’s cabinet enacted a law abolishing the office of President and combining its powers with those of the Chancellor. Thus, Adolf Hitler became head of state as well as the head of government, giving him full control of the legislative and executive branches of government. (He would later pass a law asserting himself as head of Germany’s state church). The following day, on August 2, Paul von Hindenburg passed away, and Hitler quickly anointed himself as the supreme leader (the “Fuhrer”) of Germany. Following the announcement, the army swore an oath of personal loyalty to him.
This marked the start of the Third Reich.
When looking for policies to promote and ways to articulate them, Adolf Hitler and leadership members of his Nazi Party looked to The US Democratic Party, especially the Southern Democrats. After all, the Southern Democrats were highly successful at prioritizing white supremacy, at classifying its citizens into superior class or race and an inferior race (and mixing of the two, socially and certainly sexually was essentially looked down upon or forbidden), and at keeping its inferior class without firearms and without an opportunity to vote. Nazi Party ideas for mass propaganda, ethnic cleansing and eugenics, its use of fear, threats, intimidation, and strong-arm tactics, and even its plan for the “Final Solution” of the Jews came from the Democrat Party and its ilk.
As we all know, Adolf Hitler outlined his core beliefs on race and the creation of a superior Aryan race (“The Master Race”) in his book MEIN KAMPF (“My Struggle”) which he wrote, with the help of a ghost writer, while he was in prison in 1925. Influenced by views on Social Darwinism and eugenics, he believed that interbreeding between different racial and ethnic groups was wrong, was against science, would bring about harmful consequences, and would hamper the development of his master race. He claimed that “Blood mixture and the resultant drop in the racial purity level is the sole cause of the dying out of old cultures….” Hitler’s ideas included the characterization of races into “uber” and “unter” menschen (which means ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ peoples) and the exploitation of one by the other. Because the German people, as he explained, are superior, it would only be natural for Aryan subordination of the inferior and weaker races, such as the Jews, Gypsies, Slavs (Poles, Serbs, Russians) and others. The Aryan master race would also dominate and subordinate the physically and mentally disabled, of course.
Hitler began to pursue and implement his racial policies once he was in power (January 1933). He instigated a program, on several levels, to cleanse German society of those he regarded as “biological threats to the nation’s health.” First, he had to prevent the propagation of the “unfit.” He had a term for them – “useless mouths.” He would achieve this initially through forced sterilization. He would later resort to euthanasia or other means of forced killing, with his “Removing the Useless Mouths” program.
In late 1939, a new set of duties were added to the Nazi regime’s program of mass murder …. Working with Hitler’s doctor, Philipp Bouhler, the national manager of the Nazi Party organization, was given the responsibility for planning and implementing a secret program – Aktion T4 (after its head address in Tiergartenstrasse, in Berlin). In line with the Nazi Party plan for racial purity, Aktion T4 involved the systemic euthanasia or forced killing of “useless mouths.” Useless mouths included the insane, other asylum inmates, and those with incurable illnesses or conditions. In Hitler’s view, such ‘useless mouths” were an unnecessary drain on the resources of the Reich. [Research suggests that the total number of deaths in the Reich and in occupied eastern Europe at the hands of Aktion T4 and later other euthanasia programs was well over 300,000 individuals].
The Nazis were convinced that forced sterilization and forced killing of those with mental and physical disabilities was justified by utilitarian and economic concerns. The measure of an individual’s worth, and hence life, according to Nazi doctrine, should be viewed in economic terms. After all, preventing them from reproducing or killing them was critical to help reduce the cost of the taking care of the “defectives” or non-producing members of the population. The Nazis claimed that its doctrine was simply reflective of basic utilitarian moral principles.
[According to a 2012 article in the medical journal The Lancet, the Nazi effort to purge their society of undesirables included 350,000 coerced sterilizations, the euthanasia of 260,000 psychiatric patients, the practice of eugenics, race medicine, the killing of children regarded as “defective,” and at least 25,000 experiments].
Then, of course, came the real object of his “genetic purity” program – the creation of an Aryan Master Race. It would involve the breeding of pure Germans to produce the blonde, blue-eyed individuals that would be the hallmark of such a race. It would involve Eugenics. And it would also involve the dehumanization of the Jewish race, removing them from German society, and passing laws (The Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935) excluding German Jews from Reich citizenship, prohibiting them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of “German or related blood,” disenfranchising them from owning and operating a business, owning property, and depriving them of most political rights.
The volume of laws against them made it crystal clear to the Jews just how deeply they were despised.
During the Holocaust, the Nazis described the Jews as “Christ killers,” as “rats,” and as “Untermenschen” (subhumans). They didn’t mean the term untermenschen metaphorically.. Oh no. They didn’t mean they were like subhumans. They meant they were literally subhuman.
The bottom line was that there MUST not be any inter-breeding and hence dilution of the fine Aryan genes from the “rats” that were the Jews.
Females wanting an abortion refer to their condition as nothing more than “a clump of cells.” Liberals and progressives (ie, Democrats) refer to whites (other than themselves, of course) as “white supremacists,” as “oppressors,” and as “domestic terrorists.” Hutus involved in infamous the Rwanda genocide called the Tutsis “cockroaches.” Slave owners throughout history considered slaves “property,” “an inferior race only fit to serve other races,” and sometimes even “subhuman animals.” To the Nazis, as it is to the Communists, Marxists, Socialists, Fascists, and the US Democrat Party, it is important to define and describe certain classes of people (including the unborn) in wretched and dehumanizing terms because that is what opens the door for cruelty and even genocide.
Margaret Sanger, a God-send to the Democrat Party and champion to liberals and progressives everywhere, the woman who championed eugenics and founded Planned Parenthood, outlined her core belief in a book she published in 1922. She described, as her main objectives: “More children from the fit and less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” The people Sanger considered “unfit” were “all non-Aryan people.” She estimated that these people–the “dysgenic races,” which comprised 70 percent of the American population at the time, posed a “great biological menace to the future of civilization . . . and (they) deserved to be treated like criminals.” She proposed a method to “segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying.” According to her book and in her discussion of her views, successful implementation of her proposals, according to her , would result in “a race of thoroughbreds.”
Does this sound similar to Nazi ideology? The similarity to Nazi doctrine was definitely not a coincidence. As it turned out, Sanger devoted the entire April 1933 issue of Birth Control Review to eugenics. One of the articles, “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” which was written by Ernst Rudin, Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. [Many people didn’t or don’t know that Sanger’s early campaign was aimed primarily at east Europeans. By 1939, however, she began to target blacks by creating the “Negro Project,” to promote birth control and sterilization specifically within the black community, which is what most people associate her with].
The Nuremberg Laws (or Nuremberg Race Laws) were instituted on September 15, 1935. At their annual party rally, the Nazis announce new laws that revoke Reich citizenship for Jews and prohibit Jews from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of “German or related blood.” “Racial infamy,” as it became known, was made a criminal offense. The Nuremberg Laws defined a “Jew” as someone with three or four Jewish grandparents. Consequently, the Nazis classified thousands of people as Jews who had converted from Judaism to another religion, among them even Roman Catholic priests and nuns and Protestant ministers whose grandparents were Jewish.
On October 18 of that same year, new marriage requirements were instituted. The “Law for the Protection of the Hereditary Health of the German People” required all prospective marriage partners to obtain from the public health authorities a certificate of fitness to marry. Such certificates were refused to those suffering from “hereditary illnesses” and contagious diseases and those attempting to marry in violation of the Nuremberg Laws.
On November 14, the Nuremberg Law were extended to other groups. The first supplemental decree of the Nuremberg Laws extended the prohibition on marriage or sexual relations between people who could produce “racially suspect” offspring. A week later, the minister of the interior interpreted this term to mean relations between “those of German or related blood” and Gypsies, Black people, or their offspring.
The Nuremberg Race Laws were just the beginning. First the Jews were denied the benefits of being a German citizen, they were denied the ability to own a business, to own a home, to marry outside their race, etc. Next came the forced removal of the Jews from Germany and all occupied territories of eastern Europe and confinement first in “ghettos” and then to concentration camps (at first referred to as “work camps”). Then came the coup d’grace…. The Final Solution.
The dehumanization of the Jews by the Nazi Party provided the rationale for the outright discrimination of the Jews, the expulsion of them from German society, the prohibition of Germans inter-marrying with them, and the rounding them up and sending them to ghettos and work camps. It apparently also caused the German people, and in almost all cases, the world community in general, to ignore what the Nazis had in mind all along – the extermination and genocide of the Jews in Germany and in all its occupied territories. The dehumanization of the Jews has rightfully been considered as the single most factor that enabled the most heinous event in the 20th century and perhaps all of human history – The Final Solution, in which more than six million Jews were systematically killed, mostly by sending them to the gas chamber or by shooting them. Dehumanization makes such carnage possible.
In one of the last entries in Joseph Goebbels diary (1945), he wrote: “It’s necessary to exterminate these Jews like rats, once and for all. In Germany, thank God, we’ve already taken care of that. I hope that the world will follow this example.”
The term “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” was a euphemism used by Nazi Germany’s leaders. It referred to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews and it represented their absolute callousness towards the Jewish race. It brought an end to policies aimed at encouraging or forcing Jews to leave the German Reich and other parts of Europe. Those policies were replaced by systematic annihilation. The genocide of the Jews was the culmination of a decade of increasingly severe discriminatory measures aimed at getting rid of the “Jewish problem.”
It isn’t clear when exactly Hitler decided to murder Europe’s Jewish population. But we do know that he left the ultimate plan and the details to one of his closest associates, Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of Germany’s Security Police. On January 20, 1942, Heydrich held a secret meeting known as the Wannsee Conference at which he and other attendees discussed the Final Solution and its implementation. [A little-known fact is that
Nazi leaders envisioned killing 11 million Jews as part of the Final Solution. They succeeded in murdering 6 million], for which they were tried and brought to justice for.
The Nuremberg trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the testimony that was heard would shock the world. The trial began on November 20, 1945 and continued for almost a full year, until October 16, 1946. Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis went on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II. Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.
In his opening statement at the start of the Nuremburg Trials, on November 30, 1945, US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who was appointed to be the chief US prosecutor, said: “In the prisoners’ dock sit twenty-odd broken men…. Their personal capacity for evil is forever past. It is hard now to perceive in these men as captives the power by which., as Nazi leaders, they once dominated much of the world and terrified most of it. Merely as individuals, their fate is of little consequence…… What makes this inquest significant is that these prisoners are living symbols of racial hatreds, of terrorism and violence, and of the arrogance and cruelty of power….. Civilization can afford no compromise with the social forces which would gain renewed strength if we deal ambiguously or indecisively with men in whom those forces now precariously survive.”
In his speech before sentencing, Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, President of the Tribunal, said of the accused: “They have been responsible in large measure for the miseries and suffering of millions of men, women, and children… Without their military guidance, the aggressive ambitions of Hitler and his fellow Nazis would have been academic and sterile… they were a ruthless and military caste….. Many of these men have made a mockery of the soldier’s oath of obedience to military orders. When it suits their defence they say they had to obey; when confronted with Hitler’s brutal crimes which are shown to have been in their general knowledge, they say they disobeyed. The truth is that they actively participated in all these crimes or sat silent and acquiescent, witnessing the commission of crimes on a scale larger and more shocking than the world has ever had the misfortune to know.”
On October 1, 1946, 12 architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted. Of the original 24 defendants, one, Robert Ley, committed suicide while in prison, and another, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was deemed mentally and physically incompetent to stand trial. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, leader of the Gestapo and the Luftwaffe; Alfred Jodl, head of the German armed forces staff; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior. On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged. Goering, who at sentencing was called the “leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews,” committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia (but is now believed to have died in May 1945).
In 1946, the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial was the first of twelve military tribunals held in Germany after the defeat of Germany and Japan. Twenty doctors and three administrators — twenty-two men and a single woman — stood accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They had participated in Hitler’s euthanasia program, in which around 200,000 mentally and physically handicapped people deemed unfit to live were gassed to death, and they performed fiendish medical experiments on thousands of Jewish, Russian, Roma and Polish prisoners. Principal prosecutor Telford Taylor began his opening statement with these somber words:
“The defendants in this case are charged with murders, tortures and other atrocities committed in the name of medical science. The victims of these crimes are numbered in the hundreds of thousands. A handful only are still alive; a few of the survivors will appear in this courtroom. But most of these miserable victims were slaughtered outright or died in the course of the tortures to which they were subjected … To their murderers, these wretched people were not individuals at all. They came in wholesale lots and were treated worse than animals.”
The Nazi regime has fallen into the categories of “barbarism and brutality”, of “man’s inhumane treatment of his fellow man.” In fact, it was only during the Nuremberg Trials that the horrors and brutality of the Holocaust were discussed in a public forum. The world finally learned just how depraved, sadistic, and callous the Nazis were. Quickly, Hitler was forgotten and the German people embarrassed and ashamed at what their leaders were capable of.
But the same cannot be said for America’s Democratic Party. It still refuses to believe that it was responsible for so many bad things for so many years. Like good Democrats, party leaders and members blame all the ills of our country on others. And the worst of it all is that the Party continues to do bad things, such as divide the country along the lines of race, of rigging elections, falsifying data, commandeering the mainstream media in order to send out misinformation, committing crimes (such as violating the Espionage Act, and getting away with them, of using a false standard of interpretation (“it’s a living, breathing document”) in order to transform the US Constitution without having to follow the legal route (which is outlined in Article V), of vilifying good, decent, and patriotic Americans for the sole purpose of elevating other classes of persons, of continuing to treat blacks as “victims” (and to make sure they continue to think of themselves in such terms), and of polluting the education system with lies, falsehoods, and policies based on hate. inciting violence,
America’s Democratic Party, you can indeed be proud of your record:
(A). The creation of the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan was a militant organization that threatened and intimidated blacks from possessing firearms, owning property, running for office, and voting. It was especially effective at intimidation and violence, and especially effective at preventing blacks from going to the ballot box.
(B). The design and implementation of Jim Crow laws, which effectively established a segregated society. This was known as the Jim Crow era, an era that witnessed the systematic discrimination and oppression of black people, particularly in the South.
(C). The Prevention of blacks from Voting. The Southern Democrats used many devices and schemes to keep blacks from casting a vote and having their voices heard:
- Literacy Tests. Literacy tests, as proponents would claim, were used to prove an applicant’s ability to read and understand English. They claimed that the exams ensured an educated and informed electorate. In practice, of course, they were used to disqualify immigrants and the poor, who had less education. In the South they were used to prevent African Americans from registering to vote. For example, in Mississippi, applicants were required to transcribe and interpret a section of the state constitution and write an essay on the responsibilities of citizenship. Registration officials selected the questions and interpreted the answers, effectively choosing which applicants to pass and which to fail. [The Voting Rights Act ended the use of literacy tests in the South in 1965 and the rest of the country in 1970].
- Poll Taxes. Poll taxes are essentially a voting fee. The use of poll taxes began in the 1890s as a legal way to keep blacks from voting in southern states. Eligible voters were required to pay their poll tax before they could cast a ballot. A “grandfather clause” excused some poor whites from payment if they had an ancestor who voted before the Civil War, but there were no exemptions for blacks.
- Voter Roll Purges. From time to time, white Democrat officials would purge the voting rolls, often of black persons (because almost every black person was assumed to belong to the Republican Party). These persons would arrive at the polls only to find out that they “were not registered to vote.”
- All-White Primary Elections. In the South, from about 1900 – 1960, blacks were not allowed to vote in the Democrat Party primary elections. White Democrats said the Democrat Party was a “club” and did not allow black members. And so, blacks could not participate and vote in the only elections that mattered.
- Violence. Blacks who tried to vote were threatened, beaten, and even killed. Their family members were often also harmed and sometimes their homes would be burned down.
(D) The Obama Years. It was during the two terms that Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office that overt and obvious government targeting of political opponents took place. (And by “political opponents” I mean Tea Party groups, other patriot groups, and most other true conservatives). And it was never officially challenged nor was Obama ever called to explain or to answer for it.
- In an unguarded moment in April 2008, just weeks ahead of the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama, then a freshman senator at the cusp of a historic presidential bid, turned the nation’s attention to Pennsylvania’s working-class voters, a group hard hit by job losses. Speaking behind closed doors at a fundraiser in San Francisco, the then-presidential hopeful spoke of the resentment across the state’s rust belt: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them… They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
- How prophetic those words would turn out to be. Just 3 short months after being sworn in as President, he went right to work in having his Department of Homeland Security, with Janet Napolitano as Secretary, issue a new statement of guidance on who exactly are the greatest threats to America –Tea Party leaders, Tea Party and other patriotic groups), white supremacists, anti-government persons and groups (ie, “Obama haters”), military veterans, other veterans, disgruntled military personnel and veterans, persons and groups which advocate for militias, “Christian Identity” organizations, supporters of the second amendment (the right to keep and bear arms), those who oppose gun control, those who are reported to be making bulk purchases of ammunition, and those calling for enforcement and even strengthening of immigration laws. The report lumps all such persons and organizations into one term – “Rightwing Extremists.” The title of the newly-created guidance, which was issued on April 7, 2009, was “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” [You can read the document below in the Addendum]. To the Obama administration, they posed the greatest threat of extreme opposition to his policies, posed the greatest threat of becoming radicalized, and posed the greatest threat to American peace, and therefore needed to be “watched” by all levels of law enforcement (federal, state, and even local) and scrutinized.
The report inter-changes the term “Rightwing Extremists” with another, more incendiary term – “Rightwing Terrorists.” At one point, the report makes this audacious statement: “Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action.”
- And then the IRS, under Lois Lerner, targeted all groups being a “Tea Party” or having “tea party” or “patriot” or “liberty” in their names to have their application for tax-exemption status denied. It turned out to be a huge scandal. President Obama publicly stated that he was sure that it was simply an oversight on Ms. Lerner’s part and there was no animus or intent in her department’s rejects, but an audit found otherwise.
US federal tax law, specifically Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)), exempts certain types of nonprofit organizations from having to pay federal income tax. The statutory language of IRC 501(c)(4) generally requires civic organizations described in that section to be “operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare”. Treasury regulations interpreting this statutory language apply a more relaxed standard, namely, that the organization “is operated primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterments and social improvements”. As a result, the IRS traditionally has permitted organizations described in IRC 501(c)(4) to engage in lobbying and political campaign activities if those activities are not the organization’s primary activity.
The fact is that Obama was looking out for his re-election campaign in 2012 and wanted to make sure Tea Party and other patriot and conservative groups were not organized under the tax laws and thus unable to meaningfully influence the election – whether to promote his opposition candidate or to take out campaign ads tarnishing his name and record. Plain and simple, it was government-sponsored targeting and suppression of political opponents.
Indeed, President Obama turned the government against certain classes of citizens. He weaponized the government specifically against Tea Party and other patriot groups, their leaders, veterans, Christians, and good old-fashioned patriotic conservative citizens who, yes, “cling to their guns and their religion,” just as the Americans did who founded this country, who worked hard to build her into a superpower, and who join the armed services to defend her and to go to the rescue of others. Those who “cling to their guns and religion” are the salt of the earth (ie, they represent the best or noblest elements of our country). .
(E). Black Lives Matter Movement. The Democrat Party sees everything in terms of race; it classifies everything in terms of race. Any act by a white man against a black man (even if unintentional) is an act of white supremacy and an act of oppression against the black man. And so, it is no wonder, that when Obama quickly went public about a “home break-in” in Boston before knowing the facts, he incited a national racial dialogue and began the great racial divide that continues to plague our country. On July 16, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an incident at his home in Cambridge, MA. He was arrested by local police officer Sgt. James Crowley, who was responding to a 911 caller’s report of men breaking and entering the residence. (no mention of race was made on that call). The story, though, caught attention because of the potential racial overtones — Sgt. James Crowley, who arrested Gates, is white. And Gates raised the issue of whether he might have been “profiled.” President Obama, when asked about the incident at a news conference the following week, said he thought police “acted stupidly.” He clearly insinuated that police profile blacks and that inherent racism continues to plague law enforcement. With Obama’s unchecked comments, racism came through the floors and infected our country.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an off-shoot of such an infection. BLM is characterized as a “political and social movement” that protests against incidents of police brutality and racially-motivated violence against black people. Their tactics often involve acts of violence and wonton destruction of property, including looting, burning, beatings, etc. The movement began in July 2013 with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin 17 months earlier in February 2012. (Note that the results of an investigation and a court ruling found that it was Trayvon who initiated a deadly conflict with Zimmerman and it was Zimmerman who rightly acted in self-defense]. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans, that of Michael Brown (which resulted in protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a city near St. Louis) and Eric Garner in New York City (who told police over and over that he could not breathe when they tried to subdue him… needlessly). Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody.
During the days of nightly Black Lives Matter riots, Democrat Governor Roy Cooper told business owners in downtown Raleigh that since “white supremacy” and “poverty” exist, they deserve to have their businesses looted, burned down, and eventually closed down. We all see how violence and wonton property destruction is able to cure racism.
(F). The lowering of Education Standards. To address the black achievement gap in education, black advocacy groups claim that black students need changes to educational policies, structures, and standards.
(G). Anti-Police Sentiment and Senseless Violence Against Police Officers. Anti-police sentiment is an off-shoot of the Black Lives Matter movement. They are essentially tied together in one big modern racist movement. Anti-police sentiment spread across the country exponentially by leftist activist groups during the protests and riots that followed the death of convicted felon George Floyd, a black man, during an arrest (gone bad) in Minneapolis last year. As we all remember, the officer knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for more than eight minutes as he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. He then became unresponsive. Since then, anti-police sentiment has grown.
The rise in an anti-police sentiment has manifested itself in attacks, some targeted and/or premeditated, on officers, patrol vehicles and precinct stationhouses, leaving cops around the country vulnerable, facing an increased risk in harm or death on the job, or feeling under siege. In what sane world would people want to make enemies of the ones sworn to “serve and protect”?
All in all, 45 officers were killed in 2020 simply for wearing the uniform and so far in 2021, 28 officers have been killed for the same reason. In response, police officers are leaving the job in record numbers. The top three police departments in the country have lost thousands of officers, by an increase in retirements, transfers, or outright resignations. The largest police department in the country, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is down about 1,500 officers, mostly on account of hostility towards law enforcement and threats from such organizations as BLM. And the result is clear – crime is spiking. While overall crime in the city continues to decline slightly, shootings are still on the rise. The number of shootings in NYC, for example, doubled in 2020 (as compared to 2019). And so far (as of the middle of June), 721 people have been shot, which is the highest number since 2002. In sum, shootings in NYC have gone up 100 percent since the anti-police movement started.
The Chicago Police Department has lost more than 700 officers since 2019 and shootings in the windy city have gone up 50 percent. The Los Angeles Police Department has lost more than 600 officers since 2019 and the number of shootings has gone up 40 percent.
The bottom line is that movement that has been vilifying law enforcement has resulted in the enormous increase in crime, with murders and shootings topping the list.
(H). The Pushing of Critical Race Theory in government agencies and offices, in private businesses, and in US public schools. According to expert Christopher Rufo: “Critical race theory is the idea that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that all of our institutions including the law, culture, business, the economy are all designed to maintain white supremacy. And the critical race theorists argue that all of these institutions are in a sense beyond reforming, they really need to be completely dismantled in order to liberate the oppressed people… It sounds extreme but I think the best way to think about it is you take the old Marxist concept of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie or the oppressed and the oppressor. But instead of looking at it in economic terms as Marx did you change it and you graft the new identity politics and you think of it in racial terms. So, instead of the poor and the rich it’s essentially the white and the people of color are the two dynamics. And this is the new oppressor and oppressed and all of the old Marxist, dialectic is really just reinterpreted through the lens of race. And that’s really at the heart of critical race theory. And then what you see is that that basic academic concept is repackaged in diversity trainings, articles, academic literature, HR programs, but that’s really the key core philosophical concept at its heart….. According to the critical race theorists these institutions were designed in many cases explicitly to uphold white supremacy and then over time they’ve shifted where we don’t have explicit racism, slavery, then segregation. And they basically say oppression hasn’t been abolished, oppression has simply become more sophisticated, become more subtle, become more insidious. So they make the argument that we have a system today that is akin to slavery but it’s more implicit, it’s more subconscious, it’s more hidden. And again, the constant they hold is that racism and white supremacy are constant, they’re ubiquitous, they’re everywhere at all times. It’s just up to the intelligentsia or the vanguard to understand it, uncover it and demolish it.
With respect to education, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a policy or plan to have educators and administrators in our North Carolina public school system emphasize RACE and how racism is inherent and prevalent in our society and in our country as a whole – whether intentional, unintentional, direct, subtle, incidental, or systemic. And by emphasizing it and teaching it to our children, they are indoctrinating them also to focus on race and to see things in terms of race. We’re talking about children whose brains are not yet fully developed and who are especially vulnerable and susceptible to what is taught to them. As we all know, discrimination and racism go back to the days of slavery and then the Jim Crow era, and apparently to progressives and Democrats, the discrimination still continues. In fact, they say, it’s now engrained into our system.
Inherent in Critical Race Theory is the notion that whites are “privileged” in this county and therefore somehow bad; they are seen as “oppressors” who overwhelmingly benefit in our society. And African-Americans continue to be victims of discrimination and systemic racism; they continue to be the oppressed. Basically, CRT is just another form of racism. It is substituting a new form of racism for the racism of the past. It is unconstitutional, as it offends the fourteenth amendment, the words in our Declaration of Independence (“that all men are created equal”), and our fundamental notions of equality. Equally, it flies in the face of the Golden Rule where we are taught to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
According to Sloan Rachmuth, president of Education First Alliance, NC: “Racial discrimination and critical race theory matter, not just because they erode the fabric of this nation, or threaten our freedom, they matter because they fly in the face of the belief that every person, every child, is just as important as the next.”
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[Forward: Experts agree higher education needs to do more to create equity for Black students. But more attention needs to be paid to barriers Black students face before they step foot on campus].
Diane Rufino, “What is Critical Race Theory, Where Did it Come From, and Where Is It Going?” www.forloveofgodandcountry.com, April 29, 2021. Referenced at: https://forloveofgodandcountry.com/2021/04/30/critical-race-theory-what-it-is-where-it-came-from-and-where-its-going/
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ADDENDUM: OFFICE OF HOMELEAND SECURITY; OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE & ANALYSIS
Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment
April 7, 2009
Prepared by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division. Coordinated with the FBI.
This product is one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States. The information is provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States. Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, clearly identifying United States Government sponsorship
Key Findings —
The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing*
terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first
African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
— Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic
downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.
— Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal
through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.
— During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.
— Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing
as the preeminent world power.
The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.
— Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for
violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.
— Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.
Current Economic and Political Climate —
DHS/I&A assesses that a number of economic and political factors are driving a resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity. Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition, the historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.
— A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”
Exploiting Economic Downturn —
Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.” These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs. DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen.
Historical Presidential Election —
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.
— Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action. In two instances in the run-up to the election, extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded.
Revisiting the 1990s —
Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the 1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly those with Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.
Economic Hardship and Extremism —
Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of a failed economy. Antigovernment conspiracy theories and “end times” prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.
Illegal Immigration —
Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages. They also opposed free trade agreements, arguing that these arrangements resulted in Americans losing jobs to countries such as Mexico.
Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool. Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed
against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.
DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets.
— DHS/I&A notes that prominent civil rights organizations have observed an increase in anti-Hispanic crimes over the past five years.
— In April 2007, six militia members were arrested for various weapons and explosives violations. Open source reporting alleged that those arrested had discussed and conducted surveillance for a machinegun attack on Hispanics.
— A militia member in Wyoming was arrested in February 2007 after communicating his plans to travel to the Mexican border to kill immigrants crossing into the United States.
Legislative and Judicial Drivers —
Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition stockpiling, as well as renewed participation in paramilitary training exercises. Such activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to facilitate criminal activity and violence.
— During the 1990s, rightwing extremist hostility toward government was fueled by the implementation of restrictive gun laws—such as the Brady Law that established a 5-day waiting period prior to purchasing a handgun and the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that limited the sale of various types of assault rifles—and federal law enforcement’s handling of the confrontations at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
— On the current front, legislation has been proposed this year requiring mandatory registration of all firearms in the United States. Similar legislation was introduced in 2008 in several states proposing mandatory tagging
and registration of ammunition. It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law; nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists.
Open-source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases of ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity. Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move at this time.
Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalization tool.
Perceived Threat from Rise of Other Countries —
Rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes could escalate or be magnified in the event of an economic crisis or military confrontation, harkening back to the “New World Order” conspiracy theories of the 1990s. The dissolution of Communist countries in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s led some rightwing extremists to believe that a “New World Order” would bring about a world government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing upon their liberty. The dynamics in 2009 are somewhat similar, as other countries, including China, India, and Russia, as well as some smaller, oil-producing states, are experiencing a rise in economic power and influence.
— Fear of Communist regimes and related conspiracy theories characterizing the U.S. Government’s role as either complicit in a foreign invasion or acquiescing as part of a “One World Government” plan inspired
extremist members of the militia movement to target government and military facilities in past years.
— Law enforcement in 1996 arrested three rightwing militia members in Battle Creek, Michigan with pipe bombs, automatic weapons, and military ordnance that they planned to use in attacks on nearby military and federal facilities and infrastructure targets.
— Rightwing extremist views bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and have recently focused on themes such as the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India, Russia’s control of energy resources and use of these to pressure other countries, and China’s investment in U.S. real estate and corporations as a part of subversion strategy.
Disgruntled Military Veterans —
DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out
violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
— After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military veterans—including Timothy McVeigh—joined or associated with rightwing extremist groups.
— A prominent civil rights organization reported in 2006 that “large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”
— The FBI noted in a 2008 report on the white supremacist movement that some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups.
DHS/I&A assesses that the combination of environmental factors that echo the 1990s, including heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms restrictions and returning military veterans, as well as several new trends, including an uncertain economy and a perceived rising influence of other countries, may be invigorating
rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements. To the extent that these factors persist, rightwing extremism is likely to grow in strength.
Unlike the earlier period, the advent of the Internet and other informationage technologies since the 1990s has given domestic extremists greater access to information related to bomb-making, weapons training, and tactics, as well as targeting of individuals, organizations, and facilities, potentially making extremist individuals and
groups more dangerous and the consequences of their violence more severe. New technologies also permit domestic extremists to send and receive encrypted communications and to network with other extremists throughout the country and abroad, making it much more difficult for law enforcement to deter, prevent, or preempt a violent extremist attack.
A number of law enforcement actions and external factors were effective in limiting the militia movement during the 1990s and could be utilized in today’s climate.
Following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, the militia movement declined in total membership and in the number of organized groups because many members distanced
themselves from the movement as a result of the intense scrutiny militias received after the bombing.
— Militia membership continued to decline after the turn of the millennium as a result of law enforcement disruptions of multiple terrorist plots linked to violent rightwing extremists, new legislation banning paramilitary training, and militia frustration that the “revolution” never materialized.
— Although the U.S. economy experienced a significant recovery and many perceived a concomitant rise in U.S. standing in the world, white supremacist groups continued to experience slight growth.
DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.