After you watch this, see if you think the video is proof that "occupiers" are carrying guns at rallies. That is why my reader sent me this- to prove that I am wrong about the folks at the occupy movements and that in time, someone would bring a gun ( see my post about this here) But in the video there is a group of "veterans" dressed in camouflage clothing claiming to be some sort of self proclaimed border patrol. They are carrying AR-15s and the man on the video is spouting all of the NRA talking points. They came to make their point with their guns. They are not friends of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). These are the guys with the guns who like to show up at public places with their guns just because they can. Listen to "veteran" say that he's there to protect his second amendment rights- hardly what the occupy movement is about. And then he gets into the ATF's operation "Fast and Furious" and pronounces that those involved in the program committed treason. Oh, and he's also there because of all the Mexicans coming over the border into Arizona. What does that mean? Is he intending to shoot them? Where is common sense?
I thought I smelled a rat when this video was sent to me by one of the gun rights extremists who read my blog. It turns out the the man at the rally interviewing the "veteran" is a member of this organization- Freedoms Phoenix:
We recognize that Freedom was taken from us the moment the ink was drying on the Constitution. Today's governmental structure is imploding under its own weight, and its death rattles aren’t going to be pretty. At Freedom’s Phoenix we observe, comment and try to stay out of the way. We know Freedom will rise from the ashes, and we want to make sure that everyone's Freedom is never signed away again by those who believe they have the power to do so.What is Freedoms Phoenix? It appears to be about Libertarianism. Does that sound like a member of an OWS group to you? But the more important information to know about this video is that the man in uniform is a pretty unsavory character. While it is true that the man, J.T. Ready, was a marine, it turns out that he had his problems while serving his country. Here is some information about the man who came to protect the occupiers in Phoenix:
J.T. (Jason Todd) Ready, a former member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, specializes in bashing immigrants. After being court-martialed twice, Ready was discharged from the Marines for bad conduct in 1996. Ready, who has run for various Arizona offices usually without success, advocates for the placement of landmines on the border and rails against Jews and nonwhites. In June 2010, Ready led a group of armed extremists into the Arizona desert to apprehend immigrants and drug smugglers.And further, he has a criminal history according to the article linked above at the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
In 1992, Ready was arrested for damage to property and aggravated assault with a weapon. He accepted a plea bargain and was convicted of assault. Ready had been with a friend who destroyed a car mirror with a baseball bat.
In 1996, while serving in the Marine Corps as a lance corporal, Ready was court-martialed twice. The first time, after being absent for eight days without authorization, he was convicted of unauthorized absence, failing to follow an order or regulation, and larceny and wrongful appropriation. He was convicted, demoted to private and jailed for three months. Later that year, Ready was court-martialed again for conspiracy, assault, and wrongful solicitation and advice. He was found guilty, spent six months in detention, and was discharged from the Marine Corps for bad conduct.
In 2007, Ready was pulled over for driving a vehicle with a fake license plate. He was carrying a 9mm Beretta handgun at the time. Ready was arrested and charged for possessing a traffic preemption emitter, which is an illegal device that can change traffic lights from red to green.Read on. It gets more and more interesting and more and more scary. Should Ready be carrying those guns around in public places? It's hard to believe that he would show up publicly and agree to be interviewed. This video reveals the lengths to which the far right will go to prove their own points. Does my reader believe in the stuff spouted by this Neo-Nazi and tea party member?
And what's more, the case that I made that the Tea Party rallies were full of folks with guns and spouting questionable rhetoric is true. Here is Ready at a Tea Party rally in 2009.
These uber right wing Tea Parties continue to be a magnet for extremists and crazy folk of all stripes. Though I wasn't able to make the recent hate-Obama rally that took place July 4 at the Arizona state Capitol, I have since discovered from info provided from some pals that none other than local neo-Nazi J.T. Ready spoke at the event.Further, in researching this video and the links to other questionable organizations, it turns out the the neo-Nazi group has endorsed the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. Another of my readers sent me the link above. Does he believe the OWS group is in some way affiliated with neo-Nazis? Did the occupiers go out and seek the endorsement of the neo-Nazis? From the link from the American Nazi Party:
Well, it's hard to know what to say to such rhetoric. I believe it speaks for itself. The website is replete with the Swastika. These folks might be upset about our economic system but I submit to you that their reasons are different from the occupiers and that the only thing they have in common is anger with the system. Their goals and their motives here are not the same and they should be challenged by Americans. If these folks insert themselves into the movement, it is for nefarious reasons. Attacks on Jews and immigrants are abhorrent. Note that the author of the writings above is concerned that they not appear to be racist. Really? Here is what the Southern Poverty Law Center has to say about the group:Racial Comrades: I am going to address the issue of this "Occupy Wall Street" fervor that has been sweeping the land like a breath of cleansing air!THE NATIVES ARE GETTING RESTLESS, AND ZOG FEARS IT MIGHT HAVE A POPULAR UPRISING ON ITS HANDS - finally!This issue is TAYLOR MADE for National Socialists, as well as WN who are serious about DOING SOMETHING - MORE - than shouting "racial slurs" and acting like "poster boys of hate" loons.After all - JUST WHO - are the WALL STREET BANKERS? The vast majority are JEWS - and the others are SPIRITUAL JEW materialists, who would sell their own mother's gold teeth for a PROFIT. And MORE and MORE people are AWARE of this truth, are not only NOT afraid to TALK ABOUT IT - they're shouting it on WALL STREET!I urgently URGE all of you to TAKE PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods. Produce some flyers EXPLAINING the "JEW BANKER" influence - DON'T wear anything marking you as an "evil racist" - and GET OUT THERE and SPREAD the WORD! Put as a "contact point" on your literature, our www.ANP14.com address - it won't immediately "scare off" some of these scaredy-cats for even looking at our FACTS - for FACTS they ARE!
While some neo-Nazi groups emphasize simple hatred, others are more focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state. Nazism, of course, has roots in Europe, and links between American and European neo-Nazis are strong and growing stronger. American neo-Nazi groups, protected by the First Amendment, often publish material and host Internet sites that are aimed at European audiences -- materials that would be illegal under European anti-racism laws. Similarly, many European groups put up their Internet sites on American servers to avoid prosecution under the laws of their native countries.Some of the neo-Nazi groups have been involved in Tea Party politics as well. This article from Media Matters points out the numerous times White Supremicists have addressed tea party rallies and organized in what they say is "fertile ground" for them:
The SPLC lists groups affiliated with Nazis. The American Nazi Party which is linked above, is located in Michigan. Here is what the Chairman of their chapter, Rocky J. Suhayda, says about who they are:"The Tea Parties are fertile ground for our activists," said A3P Pennsylvania Chairman Steve Smith. "Tea Party supporters and the A3P share much common ground with regard to our political agendas."The A3P official position on race in America is clear: "If current demographic trends persist, European-Americans will become a minority in America in only a few decades time. The American Third Position will not allow this to happen."
As Aryan Revolutionaries, we recognize the fact that behaving in the manner of past activities, little progress has been achieved for our Cause. That is why we have taken a new direction. In the American Nazi Party, you will find no uniforms or ranks, we do not engage in publicly exposing our Comrades to undo publicity through pointless and dangerous Rallies or Marches. We instead stress Small Cell, and Individual Activism as the path for which to build our Movement, as securely and in a responsible manner as possible.
We are looking for Men and Women, who are willing to sacrifice for the Good of the Folk, not people who are looking for aggrandizement, titillation, or simply causing undirected and useless mayhem. This is not a game or a gang.
It is a very serious Struggle that we are involved in for the very existence of our White Nation of people. Those who are simply intent on pranks or causing trouble should perhaps look elsewhere for stimulation.So pardon me if I am skeptical of any attempts by groups such as these to attach themselves to the OWS movement. Lots of questions need to be asked here. Most importantly is why extremist and racist groups such as the ones described above are interested in involvement with the OWS movement. Where is common sense?