I often refer to myself as a "journalist" in conversation. When I'm asked to cover an event for a publication or website, I tend to check my opinions and political leanings at the door. This sort of objectivity should be expected from those claiming to be journalists. Separating one's self from opinion and emotion, in order to provide readers with the facts required to form their own opinions, should be the paramount goal. To report, is not always to opine. Aside from moonlighting as a journalist, I also dabble from time to time in "Radical right wing blogging," though I draw a big distinction between the two. Journalists have a responsibility to not take sides in the events they report, bloggers have no such restrictions.
In the days since the tragic shooting that left six dead at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, I have been watching the media coverage with just a fair amount of contempt. Want to be thoroughly disgusted? Watch network coverage of a tragedy during an election year. Once again, network anchors and analysts seem to be falling all over themselves to paint shooter Wade Michael Page as a "right-wing" lunatic. This leads to the usual vitriolic nonsense about right-wing extremism, and the need to disarm law abiding citizens by implementing gun control legislation that would violate the 2nd Amendment.
Rahm Emmanuel taught us to "Never let a good crisis go to waste," the media seems to be taking heed. After hearing the term "right wing" attached to the majority of news reports on Page's ties to the Neo-Nazi movement and white supremacist punk music, I decided to reject the premise that that there is anything "right wing" about either Nazis, or their music. I also decided to back up my opinions, and take the foundations out from under any opinion basing itself on the assumption that the Nazi party is on the right of the American political spectrum.
At the heart of good investigative journalism is the ability to ask good questions. A good question is one that demands an answer from which you can draw logical conclusions with little ambiguity. When considering whether Wade Michael Page should be considered a "right winger," here is a good question:
"Is it more likely that Mr. Page would attend a TEA Party rally, or an Occupy Wall Street rally"?
Let's answer this question with absolute accuracy. Did you know that the Nazi Party USA openly endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement? No? You must have missed it in the network media coverage. Here is a link to the Nazi Party's own statement;
For those of you who don't follow links, tell me if you consider this to be a right wing statement;
"As I have so often in the past spoke on - the White Working Class - is going PAST, the BOILING POINT, and is quickly reaching ULTIMATE EXPLOSION! THEY want ANSWERS! THEY want RESULTS! All of which this evil corrupt, decadent JUDEO-CAPITALIST SYSTEM is incapable of giving them. WHY? Because its BOUGHT and SOLD to the CORPORATE ELITISTS who are fast turning America into a "South American" style - THIRD WORLD WAGE-SLAVE STATE - ( complete with MILLIONS of BROWN illegal aliens willing to ACCEPT YOUR JOB for LOW WAGES and NO BENEFITS ) where, currently 3% of the population CONTROL 85% of the nation’s WEALTH! And the "GREAT DIVIDE" is GROWING each and every year that passes."
— Official statement, Nazi Party USA
This is the reason that truly racist signs and literature were turning up at Occupy rallies, and not TEA Parties, much to the dismay of the national media. If you consider Occupy to be a far-right movement, how many Occupy activists do you think would agree with you? Another good question. It should be general knowledge that a Nazi is, by definition, a socialist. Do you consider socialism to be a right wing platform? Another good question.
To those who would subjugate our Constitution to international law, or advocate gun control legislation that only disarms law abiding citizens, I would point out that the Nazi Party was especially fond of strict gun control laws. Gun control legislation was used to systematically disarm not only the civilian populations of occupied Europe, but the German population as well. This was achieved by first requiring all civilian owned firearms to be registered, making said registrations increasingly difficult to obtain, and finally enacting increasingly severe punishments for disobedience. Does this sound familiar?
The Berlin Police President, Count Wolf Heinrich von Helldorf, announced that as a result of a police activity in the last few weeks the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been "disarmed" with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Any Jews still found in possession of weapons without valid licenses are threatened with the severest punishment.
I'm not sure most "right-wingers" would fall in line with Nazi policies. Most TEA Party activists would agree with Gandhi when it comes to gun control;
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."
— Mahatma Gandhi
I am an evangelical, Bible-believing, Christian conservative, right-wing Army veteran. This is my right-wing blog, where I sound off with my opinions. It enrages me that "journalists" like ABC's Brian Ross continue to try to make comparisons between myself, and every lunatic who goes on a racist shooting rampage. I deserve more respect, Brian. I also find it disturbing that Americans have stood by idly and allowed the slanted media to frame every debate in this country, often contrary to critical thought and common sense. I find it shameful that news organizations use every human tragedy to push a political agenda, instead of reporting the facts in an objective, respectful manner. We can all apply political spin to these events by ourselves, without the help of the national media. This is the difference between drawing our own conclusions, and being force fed propaganda.
I never once referred to Wade Michael Page as a left-wing, socialist extremist; I have more respect for my liberal friends than that. I'll just call him a psychotic murderer, far outside of political leanings. As I sat at a local restaurant with many of my liberal friends, I threw out a good question, "Why are neo-Nazis considered to be far right?" It was a simple enough question, and no one had a good answer.