In a video game, a conspiracy-theorist radio host asks if his callers could please just make sense.
In life, though, I wonder the same thing about, well, yeah ….
In von Brunn’s car outside the museum, authorities found a handwritten note, according to the affidavit: “You want my weapons — this is how you’ll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama created the Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do.” There were other anti-Semitic rants, followed by: “The 1st Amendment is aborgated — henceforth.”
There is actually a lot to consider about the Holocaust Museum shooting. But while some would make the hay about the obvious—that the DHS report on right-wing extremists might well have been accurate, for instance, or connecting angry, right-wing talk show rhetoric to extremist violence—there is something else, perhaps more subtle, that begs notice.
I’m sorry, did I say subtle? Maybe that’s a liberal-elitist underestimation of the American people. But it’s time we all not simply admit, but openly and unabashedly proclaim that right-wing psychobabble makes no more logical sense than much of the leftist-revolutionary crap that people have long decried.
I mean, fine. So you don’t like patchouli or hippie hygiene, but a Republican-leaning associate of mine—alienated, as such, by the party’s conduct of late—recently accused the Today show of being a right-wing news source. This is patently false, and the kind of thing you expect from embittered leftists complaining about media compliance with the Bush administration. Isn’t it obvious that the Today show isn’t a news source?
But I digress.
Obama created the Jews? What does that even mean? And then to turn around and say, in the next sentence, “Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do”? I mean, it’s incongruous at the very least. We might as well look at the Bush Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and say Bush did what his Muslim owners told him to do. And, you know, the American government did help create the Taliban. But it would still be a stupid statement. Sure, Bush did exactly what bin Laden and Islamic-based terrorists wanted him to do; it was stupidity, though, and not fealty.
And while I find it ironic that it was a FOX News anchor, Shepard Smith, who connected angry, stupid conservative rhetoric with extreme violence in the United States (“If you’re one who believes that abortion is murder, at what point do you go out and kill someone who is performing abortions? …. If you are one who believes these sorts of things about the President of the United States?”), we must also account for other factors. At 88, was James von Brunn senile? Perhaps, but in 1981 he tried a similar routine with the Federal Reserve Board, and spent four years in prison.
Perhaps such behavior is fueled or reinforced by extreme popular rhetoric, but let’s face it: There is something wrong with this guy. That is, he’s crazy. Bonkers. Living in some alternate reality.
I don’t know, maybe I’m appealing for better mental health care in the United States. The fact is that this guy has been nursing his hatred for years; it ruined his marriage, according to the Los Angeles Times. He wrote an anti-Semitic novella called Kill the Best Gentiles, according to an FBI affidavit: “The novel detailed how Von Brunn believed the government was being run by Jews and the Jews were looking to extinguish the white race.”
I mean, I know this is the land of the free and home of the brave, and all that, but come on … this is insane.