Forty-eight hours after its first story appeared the Star ran an story under the by-line of Dave Helling and Judy Thomas which talked about alleged shooter F. Glenn Miller’s prominence in “ultra-conservative” political circles. It’s not that big a jump to blame it on conservatives in general, as well as the Republican Party and its adherents in particular.
I went on-line and found dozens of images posted by Occupy Wall Street on its website.
The movement clearly has an open and pronounced anti-Semitic aspect but has been publicly embraced by prominent Democratic office holders, including President Obama and former Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee even solicited petitions expressing their party’s solidarity with the Occupy movement.
As far as I know, no Republican office holder (except David Duke, who was expelled from the party) has endorsed white supremacist/Aryan groups or Klan groups or even expressed sympathy with their goals, yet we bear the onus as a political philosophy for hate crimes committed in those groups’ names.
The other thing that struck me anew is that there really is a convergence between extremists of supposedly diametrically opposed views if you go far enough out on the fringes. Thus you have the late Gore Vidal, a “progressive” in most people’s view, writing favorably about the Oklahoma City terrorist Timothy McVeigh, whom he befriended in prison while McVeigh was awaiting execution. Thus you have David Duke and the Klan endorsing the Occupy movement.
The human urge to find convenient scapegoats for society’s ills is universal and creates unlikely political allies, no matter how far-fetched and irrational the reasoning for placing the blame.
And it clearly exists at 18th and Grand.