While The Other Side Was Out Killing Bin Laden . . .
May 5, 2011 in republicans
On September 16th last year, I wrote an article entitled Documented Bigotry—Republican Group Promotes Anti-Muslim Protests. It was a piece—possibly viewed by dozens—that documented the planned protest of an area mosque that the Southwest Broward Republican Party deemed to be a sponsor of terrorism. My story was comprised mostly of cuts and pastes from their group emails and my responses to the sender. When I published it, I forwarded the link to the SWBRO secretary. I received this response:
Chill – Do not want you to suffer from information. Your rendition of the email sent by SWBRO is inaccurate. [It was entirely accurate. I only redacted names] Removing you from our email list. SWBRO.
And just like that I was out: ostracized by my own people for speaking out against their mosque assault. It actually didn’t matter. I know this sounds like sour grapes, but I was going to quit anyway. Although, it feels funny to say “quit” since I never really did anything to join. But I was going to disassociate myself from them in any way that I could—I just don’t throw in with xenophobes.
S0, I hadn’t heard from my chums over at the SWBRO for about six months, until I miraculously received this on Saturday:
SWBRO – Monday – May 2
Southwest Broward Republican Organization
7pm – Sign in, Social & Refreshments
7:30 – Meeting
- EMERY VASS – Veteran of German army during the 30’s & 40’s National Socialist (Nazi) Hitler era. Was a POW then was caught behind ‘Iron Curtain’ after WWII. He later escaped and immigrated to US. Speaks against the evils of Socialism and how it relates as to what is happening in the US now. Very interesting and with much background and knowledge to inform.
- COREY POITIER – Candidate for US Congress Dist. 17 seat 2012 (currently held by Fredica Wilson-D). Teaches Government and Economics and also coaches in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. www.electcoreypoitier.com
My first thought was that the SWBRO decided to add me back to their rolls just in time to declare to the world that they are, in fact, Nazis: “HEY EVERYONE. WE’RE NAZIS! AND LOOK, CHILLBEAR IS WITH US! WHY ELSE WOULD HE BE ON OUR MAILING LIST? ANYONE ELSE WANT TO BE A NAZI LIKE CHILLBEAR?”
But then I began toying with the notion that there could actually be some person somewhere on the planet who wasn’t able to figure out that a man who served in the GERMAN ARMY during the 30′s and 40′s while HITLER was in power is by definition a Nazi.
So in the off chance that this was the case, I wrote back to the President of SWBRO.
While I realize that every German soldier may not have committed an actual atrocity during the Nazi era, I am shocked by your decision to host any individual who was a part of the machine that plunged the world into a bloody war. While Emery Vass may have some unusual insight into the evils of Socialism, I don’t think that this outweighs the fact that he served the Nazi regime.
Perhaps I’m misinformed about Mr. Vass. Please provide any links or information that you have that has convinced you that he would be a suitable speaker. I haven’t been able to find much [read this as "anything"] on the internet about Emery Vass.
Also, while I don’t feel the allegiance to the Republican party that I once did, I believe that your organization should be shielding your potential candidates from obvious blunders, such as appearing on a stage with a Nazi.
Within an hour or so, I received an email identical to the original, only with this line changed:
EMERY VASS –Veteran of Hungarian army during the 30’s & 40’s National Socialist (Nazi) Hitler era.
I don’t know that it makes that much of a difference to anyone else that the guy is actually Hungarian and not German, but it does to me. I have a hierarchy of Axis power scum. It goes something like:
- Nazi High Command
- German Concentration Camp Guards
- Italian Fascist Leaders
- German Soldiers
- Hungarian Soldiers who collaborated with Nazis
There may be a few others that I’m leaving out, but my point is that merely changing his nationality did very little to assuage my concerns, so I did a little research. The only thing that showed up in my Google search on Mister Vass that is noteworthy was on a site called The JAG Hunter, where among other things they accuse “the imposter Obama” of TREASON. (All caps being the preferred way to write “treason” by The JAG Hunter.) The JAG Hunter posted a two hour recorded interview of Vass with this description:
“Mr. Emery Vass compares his experiences growing up in Communist – Nazi Europe of the 1930′s and 1940′s to America under Obama today. Visited in February 2010 from two FBI Special Agents – one Secret Service Agent.”
Waste two hours of your life here:
Well, at least he was vetted by an obscure right-wing blog before he was thrust onto a stage alongside a Republican congressional candidate.
In fairness to the SWBRO, they seem to be comprised of a group of nitwitted sheep who lack focus and direction as opposed to a more determined, malignant enterprise—like the Nazis. The president of the SWBRO sent me a personal email, thanking me for bringing the matter to his attention, assuring me that Emery Vass is not a Nazi (although I’m not sure how he knows this), and encouraging me to come to the event.
As curious as I was to attend, I a bit apprehensive as to what message my attendance might send. And I had to work.