Hard Right White-Supremacist Tendencies of the GOP
Sander Hicks Report
with additional reporting by Toby Rogers
true patriots of the USA are getting excited. We're
part of a swiftly growing counter-march that will
take to the streets on August 24th in DC to confront
the National Alliance, the American neo-Nazi group.
We will dominate that scene, we will have the numbers,
we will have a diversity of tactics and backgrounds,
and we will have the moral authority. But before
we assume we've won, and routed those 250 or so
overt nazis from the Capitol Steps, let's realize
what we're really up against.
President Bush's own politics are alarmingly similar
to those of the Klan and nazi skinheads.
Governor, Bush opposed hate crimes legislation,
even after the brutal racist murder of James Byrd.
of support to the United Daughters of the Confederacy,
it for its 'dedication to others' and for the group's
'high standards.' His letter was published in their
official magazine in 1996. The UDC is more than
just a historical preservationist group that erects
statues to honor the Southern secession. They have
worked with and
the pro-Klan, white-supremacist scholar Michael
A. Grissom. They print T-shirts
that seek to encourage the GOP to become the party
of a "Republican Majority from Dixie!"
Fortunate Son by Toby Rogers and Nick Mamatas.]
was a donor to the Museum of the Confederacy's Annual
Ball, in 1997 in Richmond, Virginia. Bush was honorary
Chairman, where guests traditionally arrive in period
"Confederate" costume. The event was held
in the old Tredegar Iron Works, where slave labor
was used to make half of the total cannon of the
Confederacy. [Sources: Chris Kromm's
feature on this topic in Southern Exposure, Richmond
National Parks Quarterly Newsletter]
his campaign, Bush did not condemn the flying of
the Confederate Flag over the South Carolina Statehouse,
insisting that the issue was for the people of South
Carolina to decide. After losing the New Hampshire
Primary to McCain by 18 points, Bush reinvigorated
his troops by attacking McCain from South Carolina's
Bob Jones University, the far-right Fundamentalist
Christian school. The choice of location is telling.
Bob Jones University did not officially admit minorities
until 1975, after a court-order brought on by a
lawsuit from the IRS. BJU subsequently lost their
tax-exempt status for outlawing inter-racial dating.
Attacking McCain from Bob Jones University was a
perfect way for Bush to show his big money handlers
that ethics would not stop him from capturing the
White House for them no matter what. [Source:
Personal notes from Campaign 2000. See an archived
at Doug Henwood's site, here.]
President Bush authorized the placement of a Presidential
wreath at he Confederate Monument on Memorial Day
2001. Ironically, this practice had been suspended
by Papa Bush during his own administration.
The More Overt GOP Racist?
Even more alarming is the pro-white-supremacist
behavior of Attorney General John Ashcroft. Freedom-loving
Americans deserve to know that the man who is chipping
away at civil liberties has endorsed and supported
the pro-slavery magazine Southern Partisan.
Among these many backward, far-right lunatic beliefs
are praise for Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth,
as well as "super hero" Nathan Bedford
Forrest, founder of the KKK. Ashcroft, in an interview
said, "Your magazine also helps set the record straight.
You've got a heritage of doing that, of defending
Southern patriots.... Traditionalists must do more.
I've got to do more." [Southern
Partisan, Second Quarter/1998]
and Accuracy in Reporting have created an
authoritative list of what Southern Partisan
stands for. These beliefs are just as preposterous
and ahistorical as those of the neo-nazis in the
street. But in this case, this is a magazine read
by the Attorney General of the U.S.
to Take Action
Historically, the values of the far-right, i.e.
fascism, have been used by the fat cats of big business
as a distraction when their capitalistic system
goes into crisis. It's not just the white pride
and the chauvinism that attract people like Bush
and Ashcroft to these racist groups. As the leaders
of a corrupt system in deep ca-ca, extreme nationalism
is their last resort to divert working-class power
away from its own self-emancipation. They know that
once the working class unites and decides to clean
house and bring in some real democracy, their whole
corrupt racist charade will be over.
Presidential candidacy was officially endorsed by
Matt Hale, founder of the far-right Churchof the
Creator. There's more of a link between the National
Alliance and our Nation's "leaders" than
you might think.
isn't just prejudice.
It lives deep in this system, and a certain class
of men want to keep it there.
What are YOU going to do about it?
March Against The Neo-Nazis on August
24, Washington, DC
"The Spirit of Justice"
looms over the Attorney General
in more ways than one!
Good site for information on the Anti-Fascist movement
in North America and Europe:
Info on Anti-Fascism in DC: