Thursday, January 04, 2007

The (Hal) Turner Diaries

WorldNutDaily, in between Chuck Norris columns, presents us with a revolting example of right-wing rhetoric, almost approvingly so.

A radio talk-show entertainer whose earlier statements that he "may" have to assassinate members of Congress if the wrong people were elected Nov. 7 now has set a timetable for those killings.

In a statement on his website, Hal Turner noted that a newspaper has reported that a bill granting amnesty to illegal aliens is expected to be enacted in January, when the Democratic Party takes control of the U.S. Senate and House.

"Members of Congress and the Senate will NOT be permitted to BETRAY our nation by simply GIVING AWAY the most cherished aspect of America, Citizenship, to millions of people who cared so little for what Citizenship means that they came here against our law," he continued.

Several weeks ago, Turner incited much discussion when he posted the following:

"We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic…

"Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence. We hope our method does not become necessary," he wrote.

I guess we're all just supposed to assume that this is some sort of Swiftian (or in the parlance of these mouth-breathing troglodytes, Coulterian) satire, right? Hardly. Turner parses his rants like -- well, like one o' them thar trial lawyers they always profess so much to despise.

And like Coulter, Turner is just hopelessly out of his depth in attempting to spin any sort of rational, objective point out of all this. At least he doesn't have Coulter's asinine tic of injecting jerky anachronisms and played-out pop-culture references in the midst of all the foamy schtick. Nope, ol' Hal's all foam.

But he defined his position as commentary instead of advocacy when one supporter wrote to Turner's website, "Hey Hal instead of saying 'may' SAY you WILL KILL THEM!!!"

"No no no no no. Words mean things," Turner wrote at the time. The difference between 'may' and 'will' is the difference between an opinion and a threat," he concluded. "One is lawful, the other is not!"

This sort of hypocritical bluster is easily deconstructed. Either Turner is serious about this, and is just using "may" because he's taken enough jailhouse-lawyer classes to know a weasel-word when he sees one, or it's all just empty, over-the-top belligerence, in which case, why does he bother?

Turn the argument around. Say one of these imaginary liberal boogeymen these douchebags are always nattering on about uses such weaselly phraseology on Turner. "Hey Turner, if you persist in being a fatuous retard, I may have to break into your house, strap you to a chair, and shave your house pets down while you watch and cry like the closet-case you are. I also reserve the option to shave down your beastly wife, right down to the last back-fold."

Obviously, I'm leavening the tone of the hypothetical threat, but you get the point. If Turner were to get a threat on his life or the lives of his family, his assumptions about the sender are that either the person is serious -- if clinically insane -- or is nothing more nor less than a raging fuck-knuckle who needs to get some inflatable companionship and quit pestering the internets with his fever dreams.

So, um, which is it, Hal? Because maybe you think you're engaging in some warped form of "irony" or "sophistry", or some rarefied intemellectual plateau of "satire", but it's none of those things. It's a pussy defense of cheap weasel words that people can only dismiss as either the shavings of someone who has sharpened far too much of his intellectual pencil, or a call to McVeigh-style action. One or the other, sport; hiding behind "may" is as gutless as it gets.


In the current posting, Turner has taken an aggressive stance against any effort by Congress to legalize or provide a "path to citizenship" for the millions of aliens who are in the United States illegally.

"Congress will not be permitted to BETRAY our nation by giving Citizenship to tens of thousands who didn't give a s--- about our other laws as they murdered, raped, robbed, dealt illegal drugs, drove without licenses or insurance, stole the social security numbers and/or identities of millions of lawful citizens and most of whom don't give a s--- enough about our country to even learn our language!"

First is the cheap conflation of people who came to the U.S. illegally, and simply worked jobs and provided for their families, with violent criminals operating with relative impunity. I am not a fan of amnesty, not by any means. But it is unrealistic to expect the government to magically root out some 12 million people -- many of whom have children who were born here, and are thus American citizens -- and ship 'em home. And it is insane to clearly advocate violent retaliation against legislators -- of any party, lest I forget to pre-empt any concern trolls -- who are doing what they can to find reasonable ways to resolve the situation.

The illegals who are caught committing crimes get jail time just as citizens do, plus they get deported. To sit there and bloviate over their supposed kid-glove treatment is ridiculous. To insist that violence should be seriously considered as a solution is dangerous, especially since, by definition, Turner's twisted rhetoric is specifically aimed at angry loners who are either too ignorant or too caught up in their impotent rage to get that what Turner's saying is either sheer lunacy or merely masturbatory. And to hide that call for violence behind some puling semantic trick is nothing short of despicable.

Chuck Norris should kick his ass.


Who Is John Cleland? said...

This is no attempt at satire, H.

Turner is a straight-up Nazi, a white supremacist from way back and akin to Coulter and her gelatinous ilk only by degree. He isn't encoding anything in cute little jokes and turns of phrase - when he says "kill the spics", he MEANS it.

Heywood J. said...

Thanks. I honestly didn't know all that, about Turner's backstory. That obviously makes the whole thing infinitely more revolting. This is how 168 people ended up getting blown to smithereens in Oklahoma City.

I hope to hell the Secret Service and the Feebs are keeping a tight eye on these guys.