(Reprinted to Blog from email list of 7/2/05)
*** Bob’s Insider’s Message ***
This week’s WOL is about the arrest of British National Party leaders in Britain. They could not have been arrested in America.
I know the men that were arrested. All this is explained in this week’s WOL.
Right now, every European leader feels it is his duty to attack the United States because we have a death penalty. They refuse to send even people who have committed cold-blooded murder back to the United States for punishment.
But there is one gigantic difference. We may complain about their refusing to extradite criminals, but we never criticize their own abuses of the most basic rights.
One reason the political left has been so successful is because it recognizes no borders. When the local governments moved against Communists in Argentina or in Nicaragua, the entire American left began making movies about it, defending their fellow leftists.
So when Nick Griffin and John Tyndall are arrested for “inciting to violence” under Britain’s draconian anti-hate laws — though no one can name any violence they incited — the American right stays totally silent.
I look at far right-wing sites in America, and all I see is that they are still trying to sell the same old books by dead men they have been trying to sell for fifty years. On the respectable right, they do what respectable conservatives get paid for doing, ignoring the whole thing.
And the rest? They are bitching about Iraq and sending each other e-mails about how Bush is not a nice man.
You can’t push a string. The whole right is limp and lives in the past or is obsessed with the latest news.
Everything important goes on right under their noses and they don’t notice it at all.
I am getting frantic e-mails about how France and the Netherlands rejected the new European Constitution. But it never occurs to any of them that we might harness the power of Europeans who are challenging the powers that be.
If the rejection of the European Constitution is important, why aren’t we in on it?
Because we are busy pushing books by dead men and bitching about Bush.
If Europe is worth telling me about, it is worth thinking about.
If Europe’s rejection of the European Constitution is worth frantic e-mails, then it is worth our getting in on this international rebellion against our common enemies.
But if you want to get in on it, you have to START somewhere. A great way to start would be to show a little interest in the tyranny of the European Thought Police.
Let’s take a little time off from spreading the astonishing word that Bush is not a nice man and trying to sell old books by dead people. Let’s spend a little time encouraging the BNP leaders who are under assault. Let’s take a few minutes out from telling each other how bad Bush is to send some outraged letters to the British Embassy and some letters of support to the BNP.
What I am describing is happening right now. You will have another Media Event to get obsessed with next week.
And the dead guys who wrote all those books can wait.