I know some folks took quite a bit of offense to an earlier post titled, The Danger of Faith-Based Liberalism is Demonstrated by the Arrest of “Liberal” Professor Rainer Reinscheid
(http://www.aleksandreia.com/2012/08/02/the-danger-of-faith-based-liberalism-is-demonstrated-by-the-arrest-of-liberal-professor-rainer-reinscheid/), but there certainly seems to be something to this conjecture, so while I intend no offense, I am intrigued by the concept.
Neo-Nazis all tend to extol the “virtues” of socialism, same as their Fuehrer did (“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” -Adolf Hitler - Speech of May 1, 1927), just as legendary kooks of all backgrounds seem drawn to the Left’s Collectivist ethos.
Yesterday (Wednesday, August 15th, 2012) 28 y/o Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va., who’d been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people decided to wage war on the Family Research Council by shooting an unarmed security guard in the arm, before being tackled by, among others, that same guard and taken into custody.
When the guard, Leo Johnson, 46, buzzed him in, Corkins walked inside and said, “I don’t like your politics,” witnesses said. Allegedly, Corkins then reached into his backpack, pulled out the 9-millimeter pistol and opened fire, hitting Johnson in the arm, Metro police report.
Johnson and a few others scuffled with the shooter and disarmed him, authorities said and a second security guard called 911. Corkins used a Sig Sauer 9mm for his assault (a damned nice gun), but wound up squeezing off only one shot, before finding himself wrestled to the ground and whimpering for his life.
Perhaps he lost his nerve at the first sight of blood.
As a result, he’s being charged with attempted murder and will probably face “domestic terrorism” charges, as most such politically motivated acts are thus charged by the Feds, and all he got for his troubles was a single gunshot wound to the arm of Family Research Council guard Leo Johnson.
While there is also talk of Corkins being charged with a “hate crime” (thought crime) given some of his utterances, Jack Levin, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, who has written books about hate crimes has said that he thinks it would be hard to argue that Corkins was targeting the group for their religion, rather than for their political beliefs, based on the facts. The federal hate crime statute doesn’t include political beliefs in its list of protected categories.
“Liberalism or conservatism is simply not a protected category under the federal law,” Levin said.
He’s right, however, the District of Columbia DOES include political beliefs in its hate crime statute, In the D.C. code, “race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, physical disability, matriculation, or political affiliation” are all in Washington, D.C.’s definition of a bias-related crime.
It’s possible then that D.C. could charge Corkins with a hate crime, while on the federal level, authorities would charge him with “domestic terrorism,” which is specifically directed at politically motivated crimes.
While blaming Corkins for the shooting, Family Research Council CEO Tony Perkins also faulted the Southern Poverty Law Center, for having “licensed such hatred” by outrageously mislabeling the council a “hate group” in 2010 for what it called the organization’s anti-gay stance.
“Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organization hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy,” Perkins said.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, vehemently defended the SPLC’s recklessness, claiming that the council had earned the designation for spreading false propaganda about the gay community, not merely for its opposition to same-sex marriage.
Sadly, Morris Dees, founder of the SPLC, who’d earlier made a living representing KKK members, has taken to demonizing anyone who supports traditional values. . .ironically enough the various white supremacist “hate groups” the SPLC ostensibly targets also revile those who support traditional values and oppose socialist policies!
The fact that fringe kooks like Jared Loughner, Rainer Reinscheid, Andrew Joseph (“Joe”) Stack III (the man who flew his Piper Dakota into an IRS office in Austin, TX. – he carried the Communist Manifesto in his pocket) were all Leftists doesn’t make “ALL Left-wingers potentially violent kooks,” it merely makes that the ideology that seems to consistently hold the most appeal to such deranged personalities.
STILL, that may be a measure of how mainstreamed such old-school “counter-culture” beliefs are today!
How pervasive and “mainstreamed” such beliefs are, was recently highlighted by the inappropriately named Adam Smith (the former CFO of Vante, Inc (a medical manufacturer) when he, a business executive came off sounding like one of the deranged people over at the SPLC or an MSNBC host! As I’ve said before, I feel bad for Adam Smith (anyone could “have a bad day”), but I also understand Vante, Inc., looking to sever ties with someone who so publically embroiled them in a controversy they obviously wanted no part of.
These misguided ideas and ideals are propagated by the media, enmeshed in our entertainment, indoctrinated by academia, even packaged and sold by leading corporate citizens – GE and now Comcast have used MSNBC as a Corporatist mouthpiece, preaching the Corporate line.
The target is definitely traditional values, and Conservatism and traditionalism have become the new “counter-culture.”
(*) EDP’s = “Emotionally Disturbed Persons”