Stupid, stupid burning brightly, or how not to win an election

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Ed happened to beat me to this one, which I saw on Orcinus. If you want a lesson on what not to do to get elected, here it is, courtesy of Tony Zirkle, candidate for the Republican nomination to run for a seat in his House district in northwest Indiana:

  • Don’t show up at a white supremacist commemoration of Hitler’s birthday.
  • Don’t give a speech about white women being taken into sexual slavery in Israel to a white supremacist commemoration of Hitler’s birthday while standing under a large portrait of Adolf Hitler.
  • Don’t talk about sexually transmitted diseases supposedly being encouraged by pornography (or, as Zirkle likes to call it, the “porn dragon”) from Jewish bookstores as “genocide” against the white race to a bunch of white power rangers wearing T shirts with portraits of Hitler on the back at a white supremacist commemoration of Hitler’s birthday.

Just sayin’, you know.

Don’t believe any candidate could be this dumb? Here’s the account from the white power rangers themselves, and here’s the video (probably not work-safe due to the racist content) below the fold:

You know, come to think of it, it’s probably not a good idea to be on the same speaking bill at a white supremacist commemoration of Hitler’s birthday with Theo Junker, a former German SS Officer, and Bill White, Commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party, either.

Did I forget to mention that this was a white supremacist commemoration of Hitler’s birthday?

Oh, well, stupid is as stupid does, but particularly hilarious is Zirkle’s rationale:

“I’ll speak before any group that invites me,” Zirkle said Monday. “I’ve spoken on an African-American radio station in Atlanta.”

That’s right. He’s equating Nazis to African-Americans. What I want to know, though, is how a neo-Nazi group managed to meet in Chicago, of all places. Where are Jake and Elwood when you need them?

Even worse is what Zirkle said when asked what he thought of the group to which he had given a speech:

When asked if he was a Nazi or sympathized with Nazis or white supremacists, Zirkle replied he didn’t know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it.

“Didn’t know enough to either favor or oppose it?” My jaw dropped when I read that. These guys are Nazis after all. Believe it or not, it gets even worse:

This is just a great opportunity for me to witness,” he said, referring to his message and his Christian belief.

He also told WIMS radio in Michigan City that he didn’t believe the event he attended included people necessarily of the Nazi mindset, pointing out the name isn’t Nazi, but Nationalist Socialist Workers Party.

Apparently Zirkle doesn’t know the derivation of the word “Nazi.”

Even if Zirkle really and truly didn’t know, let’s see what we have here in the way of clues or hints that maybe–just maybe–should have allowed Zirkle to figure out that he was speaking to a bunch of Nazis: A large painting of Adolf Hitler behind the podium. Check. All the leadership of the organization wearing swastika armbands. Check. A banner in front of the podium proclaiming, “Happy Birthday” to Hitler. Check. Large flags with swastikas on them on either side of the speakers podium. Virtually all the attendees wearing T shirts with Adolf Hitler’s face on them. Check. The very fact that the meeting was convened to celebrate the 119th birthday of Adolf Hitler.

Check.

I can see why Zirkle might have been confused and thought that the event didn’t include people of a Nazi mindset.

The stupid here, it does so burn. And it burns most vile.

ADDENDUM: Zirkle just posted an update to his campaign website, and he is shocked–shocked, I say!–that anyone might be offended by his speaking to Nazis about how Jewish porn is resulting in an epidemic of STDs that could be “genocide” to the white race. So outraged is he that he feels an intense need to prove that Jews are responsible for the “porn dragon” that in his speech he characterized as “white genocide”:

I’ve been getting a flood of e-mails and phone calls, some of which include death threats, about my attempt to raise awareness of how the great porn dragon inspires Jews into pornography and prostitution and then, like the snake he is, turns the public against the Jews. Some have questioned whether there is any link to Jews and porn-prostitution. I guess I’ll have to start showing the evidence:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/23/world/main682673.shtml
http://www.jewishquarterly.org/article.asp?articleid=38
http://www.davidduke.com/general/jewish-professor-boasts-of-jewish-pornography-used-as-a-weapon-against-gentiles_1811.html
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/6319
http://www.venusproject.com/ethics_in_action/Israel_Sex_Slavery.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=16883
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/israel.htm
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1681087,00.html
http://www.ety.com/HRP/jewishstudies/snuffporn.htm
http://www.jewwatch.com/jew-atrocities-blood-libel.html
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=5476
http://www.kkk.bz/white_women_are_being_enslaved_w.htm
http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=67
http://christianparty.net/snuffjews.htm
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1167467739732&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/videos.php/2008/04/07/p24611

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/754011.stm

Unfortunately, those Web sites are just a small fraction of evidence you can find on a Google search of combinations of “Jews” “pornography” “sex slavery” “Israel” and “prostitution.” Let’s save our Jewish brothers and sisters from this tyrant king porn dragon before we get to another world-wide pogrom.

I don’t at all approve of death threats, and I wish anti-Nazis wouldn’t make them. Violence is not the way to oppose someone like Zirkle. I’m not so sure that I can say the same about him now, as I can’t help but note a truly despicable undertone to Zirkle’s warning. If “we” don’t save the Jews from the “porn dragon,” he seems to be predicting, there will be another world-wide pogrom.

Gee, I wonder what he meant by that? It certainly sounds like a certain prediction made by a certain man nearly 70 years ago.

ADDENDUM #2: In celebration of Fuehrerstodestag, I couldn’t resist taking another swipe at poor ol’ Tony, after having had some fun with another truly clueless neo-Nazi type. Did you know that global warming was a plot hatched by the Jews? Now you do. Do you know that Tony was doing nothing more than bringing the love of Jesus to a bunch of “what the media calls” hatemongers? Now you do.