The neo-Nazi scare of 2017

Power Line:
Neo-Nazis have been around for a long time. I remember learning as a teenager that there was an American Nazi party led by George Lincoln Rockwell. It seemed odd, but no one paid much attention. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists–the terms seem to be used interchangeably these days–have been with us for decades, regarded as irrelevant fringe groups consisting of nuts and watchful FBI agents.

Suddenly, though, that has changed. Neo-Nazi/white supremacist groups turned out a few hundred tiki torch-carrying goofs in Charlottesville, and now these fringe kooks have become, we are told, a crisis of the republic. Politicians race to denounce them, and President Trump has been criticized in many quarters for not denouncing them fast enough, or harshly enough, or uniquely–that is, without denouncing anyone else at the same time. If that sounds crazy, you are right. It is crazy.

Neo-Nazi sightings, no matter how lame, have become newsworthy. Thus, the Daily Mailreports, breathlessly, on “The shocking moment Neo-Nazis gather at Arlington shopping center to commemorate assassinated leader with Nazi flag and salute.”
And here is a picture of the gathering:
And here are those who turned out to protest their little gathering:
They don't look that scary to me.  But they have to be impressed with the hysteria they are causing on the left.

Personally, I have never met a neo-Nazi that I know of nor have I ever seen one in person.  The same can be said for the hysteria of "white nationalists" none of whom I know or have seen.

I think what is going on here is a desperate attempt by the left to energize their base.  They have certainly energized their own liberal fascists that go by the fraudulent title of Antifa.


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