In 2015 I wrote about the rising tide of Xenophobia I was seeing and feeling in the GOP.
As a Republican this was worrying, however the party saw fit to nominate (and the country elect) Donald Trump.
This has only emboldened the worst dregs of society to crawl out of the swamps and into Washington DC.
Or at least they are trying.
It was no accident Richard Spencer showed up in Washington DC close to the inaurguration. The “alt right” expected to be welcomed into power with open arms.
Their being “disavowed” by Donald Trump was a surprise to them.
However the same mechanism that networked on Twitter, and promoted the spread of what has become active nazis, still openly exists and can do the same thing in any election.
Then Lone Conservative editor Brian Brathovd, featured in this video with Milo Y saying “hi” to then Breitbart Contributor Kassy Dillon, is NOW Richard B. Spencer’s bodyguard and a Daily Stormer contributor (according to Brians Gab.ai account, @caerulus_rex.)
The prominence of the “alt right” social media stars is mentioned elsewhere and their rise chronicled by Joe Bernstein of Buzzfeed.
Don Blankenship is a convict who chose to run for US Senate in West Virginia.
Mr. Blankenship was CEO of Massey Energy Company, was charged with multiple charges, including felony conspiracy for his role in a mine explosion that killed 29 miners.
Mr. Blankenship was convicted of one misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety and health standards and sentenced to one year in prison and a $250,00.00 fine.
Fresno Bee journalist Mackenzie Mays is from West Virginia and speaks of the impact of the mine explosion on her life. And the impact on her community.
Mr. Blankenship has taken to denouncing people as not an “America person.”
In Mr. blankenship’s “Post-Election Statement” Mr. Blankenship says,
P.S. Mitch McConnell’s cocaine tweet is just more proof that he is not an America person.
In the spirit of denouncing, I’d like to denouce Don Blankenship as a royal asshole and defintely NOT an American.
Let me tell you why I believe this.
My family came to America in the 1600’s. We settled all across the Eastern seaboard, north and south.
Over time my family migrated west, and my grandparents and great grandparents ended up in Kansas and Missouri.
I’m not certain who fought on which side of that Civil War, but I’d assume I had family on both sides.
Fast forward to WW1. My great grandfather served in France in the American Expeditionary Forces.
Returning home to Missouri to farm, his farm up and blew away in the Dust Bowl. He left his teenage daughter, (my grandmother) with his family and migrated to Tulare, CA where he worked fields and started a second family.
Marrying a local woman, he started a new family. (my cousins pictured here.)
My uncle, pictured in back, is a USAF veteran (enlisted), retired CHP and currently a Tulare County DA’s office investigator and grows produce in the Central Valley of CA near Exeter.
My grandparents also lost farms in Missouri and Kansas and migrated west.
My moms dad worked on New Deal public works projects in Idaho. He was a carpenter. Due to the WW2 war effort, he also mined during WW2 near Elko, NV, being to old for the draft.
My great uncle was a pipe fitter building ships for US Navy in Portland.
As working class people, my grandparents raised families, and my parents were among the first to go to college.
I have relatives that served in nearly every war, with an Uncle in Korea, another stationed in Fort Ord in inter war period and my dad volunteered for the US Navy after his deferments were up.
My ex father in law, a Marine, became a psych tech and program director before retiring as Acting Director (I believe) at Porterville Developmental Center.
My ex wifes family also has people working at PDC.
My dad volunteered after college and went to OCS, then to Supply School, serving on USS Reeves, as an officer, in the Sea of Japan. Their mission was to escort aircraft carriers and rescue downed pilots, and the occasional “boat person” refugee.
Small town Idaho is unique in that emergency services don’t get done unless the locals do them.
My cousins ran EMS out of the family store. One cousin got her degree and moved to San Francisco where she’s a surgical nurse.
M eldest cousin does heavy construction work, after learning to drive on my grandpas lap at age 5 or so.
My grandpa started wtih a mule team, and began trucking and doing baling for farmers, amongst other odd jobs.
Here’s my cousin and his company hard at work on the US Naval Reservation near USS Arizona and Missouri.
*I’m not sure where this picture was taken, I suspect Utah, but my cousin digs BIG holes.
If you are lost in the backcountry my “Deplorable” cousins are the people that CAN and WILL rescue you. My family aren’t the kind of people to abandon you in a dark mine.
My dad is a retired Claims Manager for a large third party adminstrator/independent claims adjusting firm out of Atlanta, GA.
Childhood friends from Fresno grew up to work for the GOP, working for Governor Pete Wilson (R) and doing lobbying in DC.
They also wrote Netfile, the system the FEC uses to track campaign donations after graduating from Fresno State.
Another childhood friend, T. Oppliger, is now a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno (son of Judge Oppliger) and works with Democrat candidate Andrew Janz.
Mr. Janz is challenging incumbent nincompoop, Devin Nunes, for California District 22.
I don’t recognize Devin Nunes as a Republican according to my lights, nor Don Blankenship.
I believe the party is extremely damaged, AND unwilling to take corrective course to disassociate with the nazis and white nationalists racists running for office.
I don’t believe Don Blankenship is much of an American, at all. I think he’s a horrible employer and a safety risk to anyone working for him.
I fear that the rise of nazis in the GOP is NOT an aberration. It’s a natural outgrowth of the coalition building undertaken by GOP during the election.
I am supporting Andrew Janz for Congress as a result.