Just yesterday I realized it had been almost two months since I’d seen far right groups out in the streets. Looks like some of the usual suspects just poked their heads out yesterday.
This smiling fellow seems harmless enough in this pic, bu here are some photos of him from a rally in the summer of 2018. RWDS on is sleeve stands for "Right Wing Death Squads." The guy is a proud, violent fascist.
This is another important thread to follow moving forward. TPUSA is Charlie Kirk's outfit that seeks to bring clean cut, smiley young folks like these into "the conservative movement." At this event, they are partnering with violent fascists.
Not all American Christians who are invested in fighting Communism are fascists, but the vast majority of American fascists have identified themselves as Christian Anti-Communists. Just sayin'.
When the American right complains about "Communists," they're usually talking about figures and movements the rest of us would refer to as "centrist" or "center-left." These folks wouldn't know a real "Communist" if it walked up and bit them in the ass.
MAGA political culture, which is basically what this tiny protest in Vancouver, WA embodies, is just warmed over McCarthyism, a resurgence of the oldest, red baiting tricks in the book.
Since they have few substantive political ideas of their own, they seek to attract adherents to their cause by scaring them with the boogeyman of "Communism." It was Glenn Beck's schtick, Limbaugh's schtick, the John Birchers, Coughlin, etc.
Here's a thread on the travelling road shows known as the "Christian Anti-Communism Crusades" of the early 1960s, led by Australian grifter Fred Schwarz. It was a big hit with folks in the Young Americans for Freedom, the TPUSA equivalent of the day.
Fun fact: Many of Schwarz's disciples found their way into Reagan's Administration (Reagan had been a featured guest at Schwarz's LA events). Also, Dana Rohrbacher was a Schwarz acolyte.
Here's a 1967 episode of Firing Line featuring Fred Schwarz. Bill Buckley's appreciation for Schwarz's "body of work" is very evident.

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22 Feb
Listening to some Father Coughlin radio shows from the late 1930s, as one does on a Sunday night, and was reminded that his general line on Nazism was "it's the consequence of Communism, and Communism was the fault of the Jews." archive.org/details/Father…
Coughlin, like most US fascists, was putatively "against" the Nazis. He claimed to dislike the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. But then he would turn around to say "but I totally understand why Germans would want to destroy those godless Communists who are mostly Jews."
This excerpt from the show entitled "Jews Support Communism" pretty much sums it up. Anti-semites like Coughlin ALWAYS say they are not against "all Jews," just the "bad ones who are Communists." And by "communists" these antisemites just mean "to my left."
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In 1991 I was teaching at the International School in Jakarta, Indonesia. A group of American parents who were about to send their kids to college in the US asked me to do a session (as a recent college grad) about the "scourge of Political Correctness" in the US.
They'd read about it in that Newsweek or somewhere else & were terrified that their children were going to be put in a gulag or brainwashed when they went to college. Those "kids" are now in their mid-40s and, you're not going to believe this, but they're fine. They're all fine.
Don't remember what exactly I said at that session 29 years ago, but it was basically this. "The fact that students of color on historically white campuses don't want to have racial epithets yelled at them while they're trying to get an education is not the end of civilization."
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21 Feb
Oregon GOP continues its march rightward and away from "reality" as experienced by the overwhelming majority of their fellow Oregonians.
During the Dec 21 siege on the Oregon Capitol (which was a precursor to the Jan 6 siege on the US Capitol) the person who is now the head of the Oregon GOP said this.
Here's the speech he gave at a Jan 6 "stop the steal" rally in Salem. This was occurring at about the same time as the violence was ramping up in DC that day.
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20 Feb
At risk of filing a dispatch from the department of "you're totally overthinking this, my dude," I want to talk about why I woke up this morning thinking about the intro music for Rush Limbaugh's show--this very non-conservative song from the Reagan era.
These are the lyrics to this 1982 song about deindustrialization. That song spoke to me in the 80s, because I was a teenager in Cambria County PA where the unemployment rate was around 20% because the coal mines and steel mills had shut down. Times were tough. I went back to Ohio But my city was gone There was no train I was stunned and amazed My childhood memories Slowly swirle
Rush, of course, chose the song, in part, to own the libs who wrote it. He would poke fun at Chrissie Hynde for her animal rights and environmental activism if anyone pointed out that he'd chosen a "libtard's" song for his theme music. But Rush's choice has meaning beyond that.
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Left, 2019. Right, today.
This seems to explain it. Going back to the greatest hits to reach a new follower goal.
A few of her followers have wondered over into my TL to shout at me. Lovely people.
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In 1988, when David Duke won his 1st election as a representative of District 81 in Louisiana, one of his colleagues tried to have him removed from office because he wasn't eligible to hold that seat as a non-resident of the district. Only 3 Republicans went along with this move.
A bit later, 2 GOP activists tried to have Duke formally censured by the legislature for his activities as a white supremacist. The head of the state GOP squashed it using procedural maneuvers.
I was reminded of these late 1980s episodes of "GOP profiles in courage" because I'm re-listening to this fantastic Slow Burn podcast on David Duke. slate.com/podcasts/slow-…
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