Commentary: Storm Warnings
Poor, dumb George never did get it!
He joined the National Rifle Association years ago for reasons of political expediency. He never really did believe in the cause. Poor old George never could understand the fears of the Founding Fathers that our government might turn into tyranny.
So once the NRA published an ad portraying ATF agents as jackbooted invaders, he resigns to display his patrician, East Coast “moral superiority”.
You see George is one of those WW-2 vet Republicans who believes that government is the sainted defender of all things good, and that all government employees are well meaning people doing a wonderful job. So lost in the fog of the “Good War” is George, that he ignores reality.
Ask George how one of his sainted FBI snipers could see Vickie Weaver come to the doorway carrying her baby, place the crosshairs of his scope over her temple and squeeze the trigger. Just another day in the life of a well meaning government employee rescuing the world from tyranny, right George?
George still can’t figure out why those of us born after the War are so angry at his tax increases. During Reagan’s term, the Ole Ygg’s top marginal rate was 28%. George’s tax hikes applied the infamous phase-outs of deductions, dependent credits and the base tax rate, raising the Ole Ygg’s top marginal rate to 42%. Clinoccio then hiked it to about 45%.
Bush’s taxes were unique in their public deception. The middle class was left believing that the top marginal rate was a “fair” 32% when they would be hit with 42% should any of them be so unfortunate as to succeed. Not only did Bush raise the rates, but he concealed them from public view.
And what have America’s productive citizens received for their money? To George, it’s 50 year old memories of “good intentions” that count, not the actual results. But the problem is that those of us born after the “Good War” have eyes and were never issued rose colored glasses.
What we are buying with our taxes is a rapid slide into Third World status with runaway immigration, racial quotas, an entrenched welfare culture, dramatically rising illegitimacy rates, falling SAT scores and finally, a Treasury department that purchases attack helicopters, armored personnel carriers and battle tanks for domestic use on those who might be offended enough by these results to actually do something about it. These purchases were made on George’s watch, not Clinoccio’s.
Then George has the gall to say that all Government workers are well-meaning and that it is unfair for the national Rifle Association to criticize BATF.
The ATF was created years ago to destroy whiskey stills and shoot ridge-running Southern moonshiners during prohibition. They have been chasing and shooting rural white boys for at least 2 generations. The ATF has always had a clearly understood mission as an extension of the Eastern Seaboard’s post-civil war program of Reconstruction in the South. The agency has always done the bidding of our East Coast elites, controlling the hillbillies and other white undesirables running around the rural countryside.
Only now, it has branched out into the rural Midwest and West, and apparently these new objects of ATF attention are not as patient as Southerners who have experienced the brunt of New England liberalism before.
The Wall Street Journal ran a full page editorial (“Faddish Justice?, May 2, 1995 p A24) contrasting the treatment meted out to police handling the Ruby Ridge and Waco affairs with the treatment meted out to the police who handled Rodney king. In the Journal’s words:
“Allowing for the dilemmas of the real world, we seem to have a double standard today: It says that law enforcement officials can do what they want with unpopular defendants like religious fanatics and white supremacists. But in dealing with suspects who might charge racial prejudice, they have to be careful indeed. Even in the wake of Oklahoma City, we are about to have the release of a Mario Van Peebles film making the Black Panthers into entertainment, guns and all.”
So what are we to think when these agencies begin arming themselves against the civilian population with attack helicopters, armored personnel carriers and tanks?
Indeed there is a double standard. It was on George Bush‘s watch that the U.S. Marshals purchased the silencers that they carried up on Ruby Ridge.
What possible reason could George Bush’s beloved and sweet spirited Federal police forces have for wanting to use a silencer when serving an arrest warrant if not to kill people without alarming the folks who live down the road?
Did George Bush sign the requisition order for these silencers?
Was he any more aware of what was going on in his administration than Reagan?
Did the GSA sign the order under Bush’s authority? If so, then why isn’t George Bush in the deepest and most profound sense a Washington Criminal?
At some point, those of us paying George Bush’s exorbitant taxes have to take responsibility for what we are financing! At some point we have to connect motives with deeds. And with the Federal Government performing so many evil deeds, at some point we must conclude that those directing all this activity have evil motives.
Shooting someone by mistake is understandable. But requisitioning silencers for use in making rural arrests bespeaks premeditation and a view of law enforcement that is hard to square with any notion of liberty.
All things being equal, the Ole Ygg prefers to finance Federal police that, when they choose to kill, must do so loudly so that the public knows what is happening. George Bush and his ATF and GSA obviously had different ideas.
The sad truth is that the “Good War” has blinded an entire generation to reality.
The U.S. Government lied then about its involvement in that war just as it lies now about Waco and Ruby Ridge.
The Ole Ygg’s father still believes that Jews were killed in gas chambers at Dachau, Buchenwald and Dora. He also believes that Nazis made soap and lampshades out of Jews at Dachau.
While these particulars are acknowledged by Vad Y’shem in Israel to be false, The U.S. military concocted the story upon liberating the camps and broadcast pictures of emaciated corpses as supposed gas chamber victims to the entire world. They did this despite a forensic examination by a U.S. Army surgeon of hundreds of these corpses, and a finding that all had died of typhus or similar diseases and malnutrition.
The Government did not tell the World about how, after the German guards surrendered, they lined them up and then machine gunned to death in violation of the Geneva conventions. But some troops enjoyed the event so much they took pictures that survive to this day.
Despite the findings of Army doctors, the U.S. built a “gas chamber” for tourists at Dachau after the War, where none ever existed before.
Oddly, they undertook this needless and false propaganda onslaught _after_ the Germans were beaten. Why? Blood lust?
The U.S Government and its allies then imposed a constitution on West Germany that prevented any German guard who served at one of the camps from coming forward and denying that there were gas chambers at his camp on pain of a 5 year jail term for “Holocaust Denial.”
In truth, George Bush’s generation lied to itself to justify its own savagery. They still do. Whether it is the wholesale and sly destruction of African-Americans with abortion and liberal welfare schemes in our ghettos, or the unbridled physical aggression against rural whites by Federal police, George Bush and his World War II generation have learned to ignore Government’s deeds and pretend away the results of its actions.
To them, the ritual of manners and the posturing of high minded motives are all that count.
In truth, for those of us born after the War, George Bush’s reappearance on the stage for one last patrician morality play is electrifying. The Ole Ygg finds himself scurrying around to find the misplaced reply envelope from NRA-ILA. Time for another 200 bucks to the boys in DC with a pair of eyes who can shoot straight!
Time for ‘Ole Ygg to fax his Congressman yet again about the future mission of OSI once all the German prison guards that U.S. troops did not murder finally die off. If you think that BATF is dangerous, just wait till OSI finds a new mission!
Time for ‘Ole Ygg to send a cool thou to IHR so that there will be at least one non-liberal institution that can be trusted to preserve the story of Western Civilization.
Time for ‘Ole Ygg to find that misplaced reply envelope for the Phil Gramm campaign. Dole has a bad dose of George Bush’s disease.
Its the vision thing – World War II destroyed it!
Oklahoma City Aftermath
by Don Black
Though information about who is responsible for the OKC tragedy is limited, there can be no question who the short-term beneficiaries will be. Public outrage and fear are providing just the climate needed to ram through Congress more repressive legislation and “turn loose” the FBI and BATF. New gun control and “anti-terrorist” legislation is almost certain now, empowering Big Brother to conduct warrantless searches and wiretaps and infiltrate any organization holding politically incorrect views.
All the media attention given the families of children crushed in the bombing contrast sharply with the treatment given the approximately equal number of children burned to death in Waco two years ago. These children, victims of BATF criminals looking for a bigger Congressional budget allocation and FBI agents with a reckless disregard for life, were buried in paupers’ graves.
With the promotion of the Larry Potts, recently censured for his role in the killing of Randy Weaver’s wife and son, to Deputy Director of the FBI, and with the postponement of planned Congressional hearings on Waco, the System’s intentions have become all too clear. The BATF’s current director now dismisses the slaughter of innocents at Waco as “mistakes” resulting form “lack of training.” While the rest of us have to pay for our mistakes and our “lack of training,” federal agents get promoted.
Though most Americans believed what the media told them about Waco, a broad segment of the population did not. For the first time since Reconstruction, millions of Americans have developed an abiding hatred of their own government. They have concluded that these public servants turned public masters have gotten out of control and are now willing to murder American citizens who don’t conform.
With our society unraveling, the kind of horror we saw in Oklahoma was perhaps inevitable. Tragically, the history of the world has often been characterized by atrocity followed by counter-atrocity. There is little we can do to prevent this. Our job now as White Nationalists is to educate our fellow citizens as to the cause of America’s decline and build a movement which will one day create a new nation.
Note: I have added the transcript of Dr. William Pierce’s insightful American Dissident Voices broadcast dealing with the OKC Bombing.
Another George Bush and the NRA
By Dave Kopel
Gun World, 1996.
It’s been nearly a year now, since George Bush resigned his NRA membership in a very public huff. As an NRA member myself, I haven’t missed him very much. But the story of George Bush’s relationship with the NRA—a story that the media entirely ignored while praising Bush’s resignation—is worth knowing, because the story shows the dangers that will be faced by gun owners should Republicans take the White House in 1996.
Now George Bush appears to be a nice guy. He served his country bravely during World War II. He would probably make a good neighbor. But in terms of how George Bush carried out his Presidential oath to defend the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, Bush was an absolute disaster.
George Bush’s first major political encounter with the gun issue came when Congress was enacting the Gun Control Act of 1968. Representative Bush was the only Texas Congressperson to vote for the Act, and when doing so, he said that much more needed to be done.
Technically, Bush’s vote wasn’t counted as an anti-gun vote by the National Rifle Association; the NRA agreed to a compromise by which the gun registration provisions would be removed from the bill, and the NRA, while not endorsing the bill, would not count a vote for the bill as an anti-gun vote.
Still, the entire Texas delegation (except for Rep. Bush) and many other legislator recognized the repressive potential of the Gun Control Act. Shortly after passage of the bill, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (apparently given a green light by gun-hating President Richard Nixon), was perpetrating enforcement abuses against innocent citizens at a rate that has never been equaled, not even under the Clinton administration.
In 1972, Representative Bush captured the Republican nomination for Senate in Texas. But Bush was defeated by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen, who heavily stressed his own opposition to gun control, and Bush’s support for it. (Bentsen maintained a very strong pro-gun record in the Senate until 1990).
In 1980, Bush ran for the Presidency. He still liked gun control enough to endorse the idea of a ban on small, inexpensive handguns (so-called “Saturday Night Specials”). Ronald Reagan beat Bush in one primary after another, though, and Bush’s support for gun control and abortion hurt him badly among Republican activists.
As Vice-President, George Bush experienced what he described as a profound “change of heart” about abortion, and turned into a major opponent of abortion rights. He courted abortion opponents intensely, even demagogues like Jerry Falwell. Later, as President, Bush kept the promises he had made about abortion, and vetoed many pro-abortion bills passed by Congress.
On the gun issue, Bush underwent a similar, although shorter-lived conversion.
By the end of the Reagan Presidency, Ronald Reagan’s declining faculties had made him almost irrelevant to the Machiavellian policy-making going on in the White House. Attorney General Edwin Meese—not exactly a libertarian—was getting ready to have the administration endorse Senator Howard Metzenbaum’s bill to ban “plastic handguns.” (There’s no such thing, but the Metzenbaum bill would have outlawed many thousands of small, all-metal handguns, such as derringers, which were claimed to be invisible to airport metal detectors.)
The NRA went to Vice-President Bush, and he succeeded in blocking Meese’s plan. Gun control advocates were furious. Even without administration support, the Metzenbaum bill lost by only two votes in the Senate; had Bush not stopped Meese, the bill almost certainly would have passed.
In early 1988, with the Presidential nominating season about to begin, George Bush reached into his deep pocket, and bought himself a $500 life membership in the National Rifle Association.
After winning the Republican Presidential nomination in 1988, George Bush wrote a public letter to the NRA promising his opposition to waiting periods, gun bans, gun registration, and other forms of gun control.
The NRA gave George Bush more support than it had ever given a Presidential candidate. The NRA dropped over six million dollars in an independent expenditure campaign for Bush, and against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. The NRA bought huge amounts of radio time in rural areas detailing Dukakis’s support for gun prohibition. In many areas, NRA “Defend Firearms, Defeat Dukakis” bumper stickers were more numerous than pro-Bush or pro-Dukakis bumper stickers distributed by the political parties.
Dukakis, who had been running even in the polls in Texas, plummeted once word of his anti-gun record got out.
In the end, the NRA campaign was not essential to Bush’s victory, but (as with the Reagan victory in 1980), the NRA’s intensive campaign changed what would have been a reasonably close election into a landslide. Support from pro-gun, normally Democratic voters helped put Bush over the top in close states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Montana.
But once George Bush became President, this man—who had claimed loyalty and trustworthiness as his prime public virtues—almost immediately began betraying his election promises. The “no new taxes” pledge as least lasted until 1990. But opposition to gun control was abandoned within weeks of the Bush inauguration.
The aptly titled drug “czar” William Bennett—on his first day in office—convinced the Treasury Department to outlaw the import of several models of so-called “assault weapons.” The NRA, attempting to preserve a relationship with the White House, praised the “temporary” import moratorium as providing a cooling-off period for a rational discussion of the “assault weapon” issue.
But a few weeks later, President Bush dramatically expanded the import ban to cover many dozens of additional firearms models. Bush Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater added that President Bush wished that he had the additional authority to simply outlaw the domestic manufacture of so-called “assault weapons.”
As the New York Times explained, the White House decision to back gun prohibition was based less on deep conviction than the desire to get out in front on what appeared to be a popular issue, after the political setback stemming from the Senate’s rejection of John Tower as Presidential nominee for Secretary of Defense.
In the months that followed, the Republican National Committee and the White House were flooded with mail from outraged gunowners. Eventually, Bush waffled a little bit back towards the pro-gun side. In May of 1989, President Bush made the import ban permanent, and proposed a ban on all magazines holding more than 15 rounds, but he backed away from active support for a ban on any additional guns. Under the Bush proposal, all large-capacity “ammunition feeding devices” currently in private hands would have to be registered with the federal government, under terms similar to the current registration of machine guns.
For the rest of the Bush administration, gun rights advocates were shut out of the White House. Even with President Bush trailing badly in the polls in the late summer of 1992, the Bush administration refused to have anything to do with the gun lobby, or to do even the most minor things to help the interests of gun owners.
Instead, the White House pushed for the magazine ban at every opportunity. The White House offered to sign the Brady Bill and a more comprehensive ban on semiautomatics (including a retroactive registration requirement) if the gun control laws were included in a crime bill that the White House wanted.
All the while, President Bush accelerated the trend begun in the late Reagan administration towards militarizing federal law enforcement and freeing it from Constitutional constraints. “No-knock” break-ins became the routine method of serving search warrants. Wiretapping rates set new records year after year. The use of informants grew rapidly. Law enforcement agencies acquired huge stocks of military equipment. The military became increasingly involved in domestic law enforcement, often under specious pretexts designed to avoid statutory restrictions on use of the military against the American people.
The Bush administration pushed hard for even greater restrictions on freedom. The centerpiece of the Bush crime bill would have allowed courtroom use of illegally seized evidence, if the evidence happened to be a gun. If the police broke into your home for no reason, and, literally, tortured you until you told them where your unregistered gun was hidden, the gun could be used against you in court. Other elements of the Bush crime bill (now included in President Clinton’s proposed Terrorism Bill) included trials with secret evidence for certain legal resident aliens, and destruction of the right of habeas corpus, by which federal courts review whether state or federal prisoners are being illegally held in prison.
The entrapment of Randy Weaver, the killing of Sammy and Sara Weaver, and the subsequent FBI coverup all took place during the Bush administration. So did the investigation of David Koresh, and the planning for the unprovoked tank, helicopter, and grenade assault on the home of the Branch Davidians. President Bush failed miserably to uphold his Presidential oath to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed. To the contrary, the White House for all practical purposes gave a green light to federal law enforcement lawlessness.
Given the Bush administration’s horrible record, the NRA would have been nuts to endorse President Bush for re-election. A second Bush term would have seen a continued White House push for new federal gun controls. And the Bush White House would have treated the NRA with the contempt the NRA would have deserved for supporting a candidate who had gone out of his way to betray his campaign promises.
President Bush would have lost his re-election bid even with gun-owner support. But NRA support on the 1988 level would at least have allowed Bush to keep things close in 1992, rather than suffer a humiliating landslide defeat.
All the above information—including Bush’s understandable anger at the NRA for not endorsing him in 1992—was ignored by the media when reporting Bush’s resignation from the NRA. Instead, Bush was lauded as a solid friend of the Second Amendment who was standing up for principle against the NRA.
In the spring of 1995, the NRA had sent out a fund-raising letter stating that out-of-control rogue federal agents were endangering public safety, and behaving like “jack-booted government thugs.” Technically speaking, the letter was incorrect, since a “jackboot” was originally an over-the-knee cavalry boot, or, more generally, “a laceless military boot reaching to the calf.” [Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary(Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Co., 1980), p. 612].
But a secondary definition of “jackbooted” is “ruthlessly and violently oppressive.” And under George Bush’s administration, that is exactly what too many rogue federal agents were allowed to become.
“Your broadside against federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor, and it offends my concept of service to country,” Bush wrote NRA President Tom Washington. “It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.”
Rather than slandering good federal law enforcement officers, the NRA letter amounted to an indirect criticism of Bush himself, for Bush’s failing even to try to control lawless federal law enforcement officers, and for creating the drug “war” climate in which law enforcement violence and brutality became far too common.
Back in 1989, after President Bush had shown that his pro-gun election promises were merely a scrap of paper, grassroots NRA activists in Texas started circulating petitions to have him expelled from the organization. In retrospect, the NRA leadership was wrong in squashing the petition.
If federal law enforcement’s reputation is suffering these days, it’s not because of NRA fund-raising letters; it’s because of George Bush’s failure to uphold his Presidential oath to defend the Constitution
Today, all of the three leading Republican Presidential contenders—Dole, Gramm, and Alexander—mouth pro-gun pieties. But in their careers, they have been just as blind of federal law enforcement violence as was George Bush. Should any of these men be elected President, gun owners and other friends of the Constitution will be in no position to relax.