Lacking any deference to professional standards of display, Beck’s exhibition offered no connection between these items and the early Americana nearby. From a museological perspective, the show was brazenly dilettante. Known to be a fringe demagogue, Beck has often drawn parallels between Nazi history and contemporary American politics, acts which have brought him much criticism — and parody. The exhibition at the Grand America, however, represented a departure from Beck’s usual rhetoric.
To start, I can’t help wondering what prompted Beck to collect such macabre objects and include them among his personal belongings. What are the virtues of owning Göring’s love letters, Hitler’s signature or a few drops of his blood?
Surely, harboring such items adheres to a personality cult and suggests a sympathizer rather than a critic. The very presence of these objects begs the question: How does this material survive?
More than 70 years old, most of the detritus of Germany’s Nationalsozialisten was destroyed after the war and continue to be banned to this day. The survival of such “memorabilia” can only be achieved with help from Nazi sympathizers wishing to pass on the torch.
The proximity of the bloody handkerchief with Anne Frank’s diary was deeply offensive, and insensitive to Salt Lake City’s Jewish community. Among them are Holocaust survivors and their descendants, including myself, who found this profoundly distasteful.
Apparently, “Instapundit” Glenn Reynolds never got the memo about Republicans and gay rights; he seems totally gobsmacked that he was disinvited to speak at a Utah Republican Party dinner because he doesn’t hate gay people enough.
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) January 6, 2013
And on top of that, he was doing it for nothing.
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) January 6, 2013
I love how Reynolds and Roger L. Simon pretend they’re shocked — shocked — to find homophobia in the Republican Party. Who knew?
Meanwhile, over at Michelle Malkin’s fake news site Twitchy, the article seems sympathetic to Reynolds, but most of the commenters are assuredly not, oddly enough. Some examples of the “conservative values” on display:
So let’s abandon our values and make ourselves barely different than the Democrats. Sorry we don’t pull the “Personally opposed to x, but” BS. Yes we should reach out to minorities more, but changing our values? No. That’s what the socialists want us to do, but we have to stay strong.
A person suffering from homosexuality has the same hurdles as anyone else who wishes to marry. They must find a willing member of the opposite sex. Should lonely computer geeks demand that masturbation be redefined as marriage so they, too can derive the legal benefits of marriage?
What’s your position on narcissists marrying themselves?
If you oppose it, you’re a hypocrite. If you support it, you are supporting the devaluation and dissolution of the concept of marriage until it can mean anything, and therefore means nothing, which is the “gay agenda”.
You cannot explain the biological purpose of homosexual attraction.
You cannot explain away the simple fact that sexual and romantic attraction exist for the purpose of procreation, just as hunger exists for the purpose of nourishment.
A sane, rational, thinking brain cannot possibly consider homosexuality as anything other than a mental/emotional disorder.
We have to stand up for traditional marriage guys. I agree with the move.
Seriously Correct! one of the reasons the GOP is so fscked up is because they let sexual deviants (ie homosexuals) in to start with. You want to clean up the party, make that damn tent smaller and the righteous will come back.
The DemocRATS won with removing God from their platform…I don’t think that staying true to our conservative position against “gay” marriage and abortion is a bad thing. Its what conservatives hold as a convictions. Something Democrats know nothing of. I would rather be firm in my convictions and lose every election, than to compromise my values to win. I think that is called prostitution, is it not??
letting filth in to the party just to garner more votes is just as bad as prostitution no matter how you try to excuse it.
that & they’re abnormal as well.
The reason the GOP is sinking is because they are wallowing in the filth of the unrighteous. Maybe if they would clean themselves back up the righteous might be willing to return to their party.
I’m not saying sexual deviants should be legislated to convert to Christianity. I’m saying their deviant lifestyle choices shouldn’t earn them any extra rights. If I decide to drive a nail throuh my hand every saturday, should I get extra priviledged status in legislation? No, because it is a STUPID thing to do. If I decided to dress like a baby as a lifestyle should I get a disablity check? NO, because it is a stupid lifestyle choice!! people who chose sexually deviant lifestyles do not deserve ANY extra legislative consideration EVER!!
So very typical of you lefturd scumbags, you decide since I think sexual deviancy is wrong so I must be a hater. My disgust at a depraved lifestyle choices must have nothing to do with how filthy and perverted they are, I’m just a bigot, right? you must be a member of the demoncrapic party, abort any babies recently, collect your gub’mint stipend last week?
Of course it is deviant. Anyone with two eyes and common sense can see that. If not just check the CDC stats of all the illness homo-sex will give a person.
As soon as you or Glenn can explain to me what gay rights are, you might make me give a damn.
Exactly, sexual deviants have the same rights as everyone else. What they want now is justification for their perversions.
People of the same sex can’t be married it is an absurdity. Its like cats campaigning for the right to be dogs
“Homosexual rights” leads to indoctrination of children. That is a fact. We don’t need to teach small children that disease inducing perversion is normal. It’s a lie. Utah GOP group was right
The Utah Republican Party says they never invited Glenn Reynolds to speak in the first place:
— UtahGOP (@UtahGOP) January 7, 2013
In Utah, Republicans are putting in place another right wing social engineering program — a bill that will require all sex education classes to follow an abstinence-only curriculum prohibiting any instruction in contraception.
A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday.
The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill — which now goes on to the state Senate — would lift the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. If the bill passes, districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all. Republican state Rep. Bill Wright sponsored the proposal.
“We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest,” Wright said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?” …
An abstinence-only sex education course, Wright said, would include lessons on friendship, dating and love. It could include lessons on the consequences of sex outside of marriage and a chapter on how to say no to sex. The lawmaker believes that poverty rates would drop if abstinence became a more common practice, the Daily Herald reports.
Wow, this might be our most insane GOP fantasy of the day. That’s the Republican plan to address poverty — teach kids from poor backgrounds not to have sex, while preventing them from learning anything about contraception?
Good luck with that.
Utah state officials are investigating a leak of personal information, after an anonymous conservative group circulated a list of 1,300 people they claim are illegal immigrants, including Social Security numbers and family members’ names and addresses.
The anonymous group mailed the list to several media outlets, law enforcement agencies and others this week, frightening the state’s Hispanic community. A letter accompanying the list demanded that those on it be deported immediately.
The list also contains highly detailed personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses and phone numbers. Names of children are included, along with due dates of pregnant women on the list.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert wrote in a tweet Tuesday that he has asked state agencies to investigate the list’s origin.
This is what passes for “commentary” on the new, righter than right wing, as Erick Erickson puts on his most stilted pseudo-intellectual language and pens a semi-literate boast about how he and his friends are going to take over the conservative movement: The Great Disentangling Has Begun: What Bob Bennett’s Defeat Means and Does Not.
Pay attention now you media types who look for great meaning in all things considered. Sometimes you must confront the bold truths you do not naturally recognize because you have been trained up in the ways of a lazier time, an old reality when you could get by with simple shortcuts, and no one would call you on it.
Your shibboleths are crumbling around you and you grasp it not. As you struggle to interpret what the tea parties do and do not mean, you media types and others are getting Utah all wrong.
It’s not about a purge. It’s about an insurrection.
Your verbs and nouns are all mixed up, Erick Son of Erick, and your metaphors are clumsy, yet you graspeth it not. The GOP is turning over the reins of power to hate-filled, dim people like you, and it is the death knell of American conservatism.
Like a paranoid old turtle pulling its head back into its shell and ignoring the rest of the world, the Republican Party is letting itself be taken over by the atavistic, extreme right wing forces of the tea party movement, as one of the most conservative Senators in Congress is unceremoniously thrown out by teabaggers because he wasn’t conservative enough for them: Tea party wins victory in Utah as incumbent GOP senator loses bid for nomination.
It’s a portrait of a political party so far off the rails I’m beginning to doubt they’ll ever find their way back to sanity.
The Salt Lake Tribune headlines this piece about a disturbing request for a demonstration permit: Protest permit alarms Utah’s Jews. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
But it isn’t only Utah’s Jewish community who should be alarmed.
Members of Utah’s Jewish community are alarmed by a proposed demonstration that will call for “Death to Israel.”
A man - whose name wasn’t available Thursday - has applied for a free-speech permit from Salt Lake City to demonstrate on sidewalks near City Hall on Wednesday. The city is reviewing the application. City officials cannot constitutionally deny it based on the content of the message.
Laura Green, director of the United Jewish Federation of Utah, said Thursday that she has received dozens of calls about the planned demonstration. Many fear the rally could incite violence against Jews. “Based on freedom of speech, people have the right to say what they want to say. There has to be a line between saying what you want to say and preaching the genocide of a population,” Green said.
She hopes the city denies the permit, saying the police will be busy enough with the other five demonstrations planned for Wednesday to coincide with President Bush’s visit to Utah.