Excuses, Excuses

When Ron Paul was discovered accepting campaign donations from known white supremacists, he refused to send the money back. He said that they had a right to their beliefs and he had no place judging them. I, like many others, called him out for making excuses, and poor ones at that – that accepting the money was akin to agreeing with their idiotic beliefs.

Dan Clevenger, the mayor of Marionville, MO, is now doing the same thing while he backpedals like mad.

On Sunday, April 13, Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. went to two Jewish community centers and killed three people (he fired at far more than that) with a shotgun. He had long since been very well-known for his white supremacist beliefs, particularly for his Antisemitic views. For well over a decade he’s lived in the Overland Park suburb of Kansas City and has continually espoused his beliefs that Jews are the cause of all of the problems in our country. His self-published book, “A White Man Speaks Out”, is on the shelf at the local library. Clevenger is now trying to say that the 2,200 or so who live in Marionville don’t believe the way Miller does.

Clevenger, however, does – and it is quite well-documented.

In October 2004, Clevenger wrote a letter to the editor of the Aurora Advertiser where he called Miller a friend and openly agreed with his beliefs about Jews. He said he wanted to spread Miller’s “warnings”, including that of Jews in the medical industry making money by “killing us off”. Just in the last few days he has continued to spit out those vile beliefs in more than one interview. He believes that Jews are running the world economy and Jews are responsible for the economic crash – because, you know, Jews run the Federal Reserve, right? How does he know? The names, of course! Only one Jewish name in the bunch since 1913, but you know it has to be a conspiracy.

In an interview with CNN, Clevenger said, “I considered him a friend, and everyone is entitled to freedom of speech and I didn’t keep him away because he was a customer. I can just ignore things that people say.” The problem here is that he’s not ignoring anything. He’s openly agreeing with it.

You don’t see these types walking into gay community centers and shooting them up. You don’t see white supremacists bombing gay bars. They do that to Jewish community centers. Hatred for Jews is the one kind of hatred that transcends all other racial and ethnic boundaries, including sexual orientation. I have met gay people who believe this way…that Jews are destroying the world through the economy, medicine, and the supposed occupation of Palestine.

Now that Clevenger has been outed, it will be interesting to see if he gets re-elected for a second term. If he does, I won’t be going through Kansas City any time soon.