It was inevitable enough that when 21-year old idiot Dylann Roof decided to mount an assault on Western civilization by shooting nine members of a black church dead in Charleston that the Democrat Party would respond by arguing to take away the guns of over 100 million law-abiding citizens.
But by the weekend something else inevitable had come to pass – namely, that Roof’s trailer-trash white supremacist manifesto has come to light, and now it is being painted by the Left and its media organs as a “political problem” for Republicans.
We first saw this with a bunch of attention paid to the confederate flag, and how it’s a symbol of Republican racism and it needs to go away. more on that in a little while. Today, though, the media hysterics are focused on someone named Earl Holt and how he’s some sort of GOP kingmaker.
Who is Earl Holt? He’s the leader of something called the Council of Conservative Citizens.
What is the Council of Conservative Citizens? We’d never heard of it either. Apparently it’s a rather poorly-constructed website aggregating headlines about how terrible black people are.
We’re told it’s worse than that, and that Holt is castable as the rich and powerful white supremacist secretly controlling conservative Republican politicians the Left has always known lurks just under the surface of GOP politics…
The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum.
Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” – were posted online in his name.
After being approached by the Guardian on Sunday, Cruz’s presidential campaign said it would be returning all money the senator had received from Holt.
Holt, 62, is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a Missouri-based activist organisation cited by the author of a manifesto-style text that was posted on a website registered in Roof’s name along with photographs of the gunman. The FBI said on Saturday it was investigating the website.
The manifesto’s author, who has been widely reported but not verified as Roof, recounted learning about “brutal black on white murders” from the CofCC website.
“At this moment I realised that something was very wrong,” the manifesto said.
Roof, 21, is charged with the murders of nine black people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday. He is accused of joining a bible study group before opening fire and fleeing.
In a statement published on Sunday, Holt said it was “not surprising” that Roof was apparently informed by the group’s website as it reported race relations “accurately and honestly”. However, he added: “The CofCC is hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website.”
And now the punch line…
Holt has since 2012 contributed $8,500 to Cruz, the Texas senator running for the Republican presidential nomination, and his Jobs, Growth and Freedom Fund political action committee, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. On some filings Holt’s occupation was listed as “slumlord”.
He has also given $1,750 to RandPAC, the political action committee of Paul, the Kentucky senator and presidential contender, and he gave $2,000 to the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.
A further $1,500 was donated by Holt to Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential primary runner-up, who is running for president again in the 2016 race and attended Sunday’s memorial service at Emanuel AME Church.
Get it? Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum are controlled by this goofball from St. Louis for the price of a few thousand dollars, and are therefore cut from the same cloth as the kid who shot up the churchgoers in Charleston.
And meanwhile, we’re now going to make the confederate flag a major American political issue because some 21-year old moron who couldn’t get past his freshman year of high school festooned himself in that flag before committing his atrocities in that church.
Particularly since Mitt Romney, who set the modern standard for incompetently losing political arguments by allowing himself to be painted negatively and thus disqualified from having an opinion, stupidly waded into the question.
Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, strongly condemned the flying of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol on Saturday, prompting current GOP candidates to weigh in on a subject controversial across the “First in the South” primary state.
Romney’s comments repeating his longtime position came in the wake of a shooting that left nine people dead Wednesday night at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Authorities were working on Saturday to determine whether the man accused of killing the nine African Americans attending a church Bible study was the author of a racist manifesto targeting blacks, Jews and Hispanics that was found on a Web site as part of an ongoing investigation.
In the wake of the shootings, critics have denounced South Carolina leaders for failing to lower to half staff a Confederate flag flying on State Capitol grounds — and for its placement near the Capitol at all. The flag has flown atop or next to the Capitol in Columbia, S.C., since 1962. It was removed from atop the Capitol dome in 2000 and now flies at a Civil War memorial next to the Capitol.
Jeb Bush then parroted Romney’s take, which has inevitably put every Republican candidate on the spot for questions about whether the Confederate flag should be banned from existence. They’ll all get hammered with the confederate flag question, as though it has any bearing on American governance.
The point here isn’t to defend the use of the confederate flag. The fact is that flag is part of American history, and not a particularly glorious part. It represents different things to different people (you can Google the whole “heritage not hate” debate, in which the defenders of the flag attempt to make the case for their position while others tell them what’s actually in their hearts), not all of which are white supremacism and racism. But because there are white trash types like Dylann Roof who have appropriated it for those purposes it’s an easy bete noire for the media to sell newspapers and get ratings from. Particularly when one can service a liberal agenda by draping that flag all over one’s political enemies.
The ‘flag’ is now a Republican issue. The calls for it to come down are piled together and made to look as if the Republican Party had something to do with the Confederacy and is now trying to break with the past.
That’s completely untrue and ridiculous considering that South Carolina has been run by Democrats for quite a while [before recent years], but the media succeeds in driving a false narrative by exploiting the bottomless stupidity of Republicans.
The correct way to answer the question was to
A. Not answer it
B. Turn the question around by pointing to the Clintons and the Democratic Party’s history in South Carolina while the Republican Party had fought the Confederacy
Few candidates got this one right. Many got it wrong. Mitt Romney made the biggest mess of them all.
What the left is doing here is demanding that Republicans accept moral accountability for slavery, despite the Democrats being the ones to practice it while the Republicans ended it.
This is a bellwether of bigger things. A Republican who can’t handle this question is going to be kicked around by the media through fake gaffes, loaded questions and assorted traps to paint him as racist, sexist and a monster.
It’s going to be “When did you stop beating your wife” non-stop.
Perhaps an even better answer to the question is to demand to know why it’s being asked, since the President of the United States has no involvement with such a flag and it doesn’t fly over our nation’s capitol, and in places like South Carolina where it does it’s the business of the locals whether it flies and they’re capable of making such decisions without the help of politicians who don’t represent them.
If you took down all the confederate flags it wouldn’t eliminate the small fringes of Dylann Roofs around the country. They will continue to believe in the same tribalistic political bilge they currently do, and the forbidding of the symbols they’ve appropriated for themselves will only add an air of mystery to them and their cause.
Why do you think idiot liberals go around with Che Guevara t-shirts? You don’t think images of Che Guevara, an Argentinian psychotic brought into the Castroite revolution in Cuba who executed hundreds of victims during and after that country’s descent into communist tyranny before his bloodlust was too much even for Fidel, are offensive to the Cuban community in this country? Leftist imbeciles wear Che t-shirts because they think it’s edgy and cool, and when they’re informed of his dastardly exploits their jaws go slack. Particularly when they find out that Che was one of the most virulent racists imaginable, and espoused many of the same vituperative slurs against blacks that Roof does.
Ban the confederate flag and you’ll have the same behavior among ignorant white trash that you have with ignorant Occupy sympathizers.
Maybe the confederate flag needs a dressing-up so the Left will like it better. This is a perfect image for the modern rebel without a clue…
One of the more lucid things Ron Paul has ever said is “racism is collectivism.” As conservatives, we reject collectivist thinking and we loathe the attempt to lump people into groups based on ethnicity or other superficial characteristics. While you can be defined by your culture, if you choose to be, you deserve to be treated as an individual capable of individual thought and perspective.
The Left does groups. It divides us by identity and profits as such. Real people aren’t that simple.
For many of us who identify ourselves as conservatives and Christians, what was most offensive about what Roof did was that he killed nine people, regardless of race, who had come together at a church to worship God. That’s an assault on Christianity, and the evil of killing Christians at worship trumps the evil of racism – because to a Christian we are all God’s children regardless of race.
Even from a racist perspective Roof’s attack wouldn’t make sense. His moronic manifesto complains about black-on-white crime, he told the churchgoers as he was killing them that he had to go through with the attack because “you rape our women,” and he had to start a race war because of the violence and barbarism that exists in the ghetto.
And so his response is to go to a black church on a Wednesday night, where his victims are sure to be the most upstanding and non-violent and non-barbarous people he can find, and goes through with an unspeakable crime despite the fact, as he told police, he almost didn’t go through with it because the people were so nice. The reason he wants a race war is to solve a problem created by bad people in the black community so instead he kills the good people in the black community. And says this about it…
“I have no choice,” it states. “I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country.”
The statement adds: “We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”
There is nothing brave about slaughtering people in a church. And Roof’s manifesto explicitly makes the case for wide gun ownership – despite what he says is his bravery, he knows there are guns in the ghetto and the hoods will shoot back at him should he go there to kill and in the church there will not be.
Nothing about Dylann Roof coincides with conservative philosophy. Republicans are not responsible for him. It’s outrageous to make such equivalence, and outrage and denunciation of the accuser is the correct response.