What would you say if I told you an Indiana lawyer who is currently running for Congress on the Republican ticket gave a speech Sunday at a Nazi gathering in celebration of Hitler’s birthday on the topic of the subjugation of white women at the hands of Jews in the porn industry?
Would you balk? Would you roll your eyes and think I’d finally lost my left-wing marbles?
Yes, Tony Zirkle is a name you’re going to hear a lot of in coming weeks (though you may already know him as the guy who wants to bring back segregation of blacks). You’re going to hear all about how he spoke at such a gathering only because he wants to speak to any who will listen. You’re going to hear right-wingers defend him as someone who is willing to break the barriers of hate to get his message out. You’re going to be expected to believe that just because he shredded a rare copy of Playboy (for which he paid a reported $1200) he’s somehow an authority on the porn industry and human sexuality in general.
But mainly, you’re going to have to ask yourself if anything good can come from a man who would happily give an anti-Semitic speech to a bunch of Nazis at a birthday party for Hitler. I mean, I have a lot of things I want to say to the world – good, productive things – but I have absolutely no desire to say anything to Nazi shitheads.
There was a time when an American politician having any association whatsoever with Nazism would have deftly ended that politician’s career. It would seem that ever since we learned of the Bush family’s connection to that selfsame fascist organization, it’s become all the rage to buddy up to them. Lovely.
But do continue to be suspicious of anyone wearing a turban. You never know when a humble Sikh is going to smile at you too widely!