Saturday, July 4, 2009

Nazis May Try To Recruit At Today's Tea Parties

The Anti-Defamation League is warning that Nazi recruiters may try to take advantage of the scores of anti-tax Tea Parties across the United States today to convince those in attendance to join their cause.

The warning is being issued following monitoring of white supremacist groups by the ADL's Center on Extremism. Their intent, the ADL warns, is to spread racism and anti-Semitism in the United States.

Clearly, African Americans and Jews are among those participating in the Tea Party protests. Hopefully no one is implying that the Tea Party organizers are, themselves, holding the events because they racist or anti-Semitic. One Tea Party organizer who was a guest on News Talk Online on, for example, is also a Jewish community activist. A sharp woman who will, no doubt, easily recognize it if a neo-Nazi attempts, as the ADL warns, to take advantage of her event.

But the warning underscores a bigger problem. Whenever the economy sours, there are those who wish to point fingers of blame at others. It's sadly not unusual for one of the targets of those accusations to be Jews.

In fact, back in October, the ADL released as study that found that there was an increase in web postings blaming Jews for the global economic downturn.

Those participating in today's Tea Parties have every right to assemble and make their voices heard in Congress. They fear that, despite assurances to the contrary, the Obama administration's economic stimulus policies will surely lead to an increase in taxes. As a single man living in the state of New Jersey, I certainly share their concerns.

But they need to also be aware of the ADL warning to ensure that others don't infiltrate their gatherings for more nefarious reasons. Yes, even neo-Nazis and white supremacists have the right to free speech in the United States and I for one wouldn't suggest otherwise, especially on this, our Independence Day. But if they show up, they should be exposed for who they are - and challenged by Tea Party organizers.


Anonymous said...

And they should make the evening news and the morning papers if they rear their ugly heads instead of all this Michael Jackson nonsense. Great post. "Fear" is almost always the motivator.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that the ADL is just trying to get their name in the news by using the Tea Parties? They did get you talking about something that may or may not happen. Shouldn't they have been invited as a guest if there was a problem so they could talk about what did happen? I thought news was reporting what did happen not what someone feared might happen? Heck, I fear an asteroid will hit and destroy the earth in 2012 and end life as we know it.

How about they are trying to put down the Tea Parties by trying to tie them to hate groups making those who are not sure move away from the Tea movement.

So Monday will we hear what actually happened?

Anonymous said...

we live in an age where fear mongering is a tool to use against the populace, and it is used effectively. well said by the previous writer and we see on monday just exactly what happened. At least as yet we can demonstrate our protests on the streets and not disappear as our brotyher Iranians are having happen to them!! What a chilling thought to know you can be made to just disappear. Would this then be the Silent Scream, as one is led away forever? jamie_38

Gary Baumgarten said...

If one reads the article carefully one can see that there are no aspersions cast upon the Tea Parties nor their organizers nor any attempts to link the Nazis to the Tea Parties nor their organizers.

The ADL is simply reporting what its team found - that there were plans by white supremacist groups to attend some of the Tea Parties and attempt to recruit members.