Letter To A Liberal
by Edgar J. Steele, Attny.
Recently, I received a sternly
disapproving letter from a liberal friend of mine, one I have
known and loved for over 30 years (I was his best man), decrying
my representing the Aryan Nations in the trumped-up lawsuit brought
by the Southern Poverty Law Center and its founder, Morris Dees.
I'm not a skinhead. I'm not an adherent of Christian Identity.
I'm not even uniformly conservative. Though I often describe
myself as right wing, that is only because the rest of this country
has become so thoroughly socialistic-cum-communist, so that true
moderates, such as myself, now appear to be far right. Because
those like myself refuse to join the left in condemning those
on the right, we get pitched in after them and painted with the
same liberal paintbrush (though, honestly, if I had to choose
one side over the other, then I have clearly been pitched in
with the right people). After thinking long and hard, I drafted
and sent the following response, which I share with you as a
sort of catharsis for my belief structure - call it a part of
my rebirth as a right-wing radical, perhaps:
Your letter was unexpected because I thought you had discarded
me without further thought once you decided I was too politically
incorrect for your intellectual comfort. Since there may actually
be some small chance to salvage our friendship, I will respond
and attempt to reason with you on the points you raise.
Let's see now...your letter accuses me of having changed from
a liberal, becoming a conservative and bigoted, likely due to
my apparent affluence, during a period spanning 30 years, during
which you changed from conservative to liberal. Because I confess
to being a separatist, you equate that with racism. You also
state that I must agree with the thinking
of the Aryan Nations, since I have it as a client. Having read
your letter, perhaps 50 times, I think that's a reasonable summary.
As I look back over my life, you stand out on a number of counts,
one of the most profound being the fact that, in the 60's, you
were one of the most bigoted people I have ever known, including
all members of the Aryan Nations that I have met. Have you changed
in that regard? Sure, but not exactly in the ways you profess.
You're still pretty bigoted, Rod...witness the animosity you
now feel for me, based strictly on my associations and thinking
and not on my basic worth as a human being or my actions toward
Though I disagreed with your thinking then, I was pleased to
have you as my friend. Now that you perceive our roles to have
reversed (your perception only, incidentally, since I have never
indulged in the sort of racial vitriol and outlooks you possessed
when I met you), you are not inclined to return the favor, however.
Funny thing is, though I believe your thinking is pretty muddled
politically and your mind as closed as any I have ever seen,
I still have no problem with you as a friend. Friendship is,
as they say, accepting others as they are, not because of what
Trite though it may sound, some of my best friends are liberals.
Some of my best friends are also conservatives. Some of them
are even bona fide racists. Some are religious zealots. Some
are atheists. Some are Mexicans, Jews and Asians. Though I don't
currently count any blacks as more than acquaintances, I have
been pleased to call many of them friends through the years and
do currently admire the intellectual acumen of several. My last
office manager in California was black; and there are both Latins
and Asians on staff right now. Do you actually have anything
but liberals as friends, Rod? This is such an issue with you,
really occupy much of my time. Just who is the bigot here, anyway?
Have I changed through the years? Sure, and it has been for the
better in most regards.
Far more profound, however, has been the fundamental societal
shift in this country from conservatism to liberalism, undeniable
in the face of our having elected a draft dodger to be President.
Compared to that sea change, which has swept you away on its
leading swells, I have altered my stance very little, though
the apparent relative shift is quite substantial. As a Berkeley
judge I met in my 20's once put it: "If you are not liberal
when you are young, you have no heart. But, if you are not conservative
as you grow older, you have no head." What a marvelous assessment.
When did the word "conservative" become so dirtied
in your lexicon? I have observed the effects of liberalism and
increased welfare and entitlements upon this country and its
population and been forced to conclude that we are creating and
perpetuating that which we profess to be attempting to alleviate
and eradicate. "Tough love" is what is required and
what works, both at the family level and at all levels of government.
Create a safety net and others of all races will always rely
upon it and take it as a given, never becoming self reliant.
The current general affluence which overlays this country's outright
socialistic government is an anomaly that time will show to have
been a product only of the most massive expansion of credit and
the money supply ever witnessed, and for which our descendants
(and, possibly, we) will pay dearly. There really is no such
thing as a free lunch. Fewer and fewer pay
the taxes that support burgeoning governmental bureaucracies,
thus the upswell in tax rates, despite the general prosperity.
When prosperity gives way to recession or worse, as it always
does, then the system will break down. Fiscal conservatism, which
I wholeheartedly believe in, is the only way and I challenge
you to say otherwise since I know you personally practice such
in your life. You aren't borrowing wildly to finance your current
lifestyle. National economics really is no different from that
practiced at the personal level.
So, I guess you decry my social conservatism, then, is that correct?
Of course, I believe in abortion, however. I also believe in
private freedom of religious thinking (no state religions, not
even that peculiar brand called atheism). I also believe in true
equality. Of course, equality
means equality of opportunity to me, not dividing up everything
and handing out equal shares - that is socialism, of course.
And drugs, well, you know my attitudes in this regard. Pretty
liberal thinking, eh? Gosh, I guess that means I am still a Libertarian...funny
thing, since that is the outlook I subscribed to over 25 years
ago. Seem to remember you being there, too,
but we will both agree that you are no longer such.
Gosh, maybe "conservative" isn't really what you mean,
then. You seem to use that word interchangeably with "bigot,"
"separatist" and "racist." Of course, I note
that most liberals indulge in that sort of broad brush stroking.
I'm surprised you don't accuse me of being a religious fundamentalist,
as well, since that is part and parcel of the name calling. Of
course, since I am willing to tolerate religious fundamentalists,
perhaps I really am one of them to a liberal. Of course, using
your logic about my representing the Aryan Nations, if I am willing
to defend a religious fundamentalist, then I must think just
like them, too. Ergo, I must be a
religious fundamentalist, which even you will admit is ridiculously
off the mark. Hmmmmm. Do you see the flaw in this sort of reasoning,
Rod? You never mentioned the word hate, a favorite of the liberal,
left-wing, socialist, commie, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing,
granola-munching, dirt-eating druids now running America. I'm
sure that is implicit in your charge that I am a bigot, however.
I'll be happy to deal with that, but first let's get this distilled
down to the single real bone you seem to have to pick with me.
Closely allied to the bigotry charge is the separatism/racism
duality you propose. I see you have a new address, though you
have never told me you moved. I'll address this letter to that
address and see if it comes back. Are you now in a part of Portland
that is occupied by all manner of different ethnic groups, or
is it pretty lily white, just like the last section in which
you lived? If the former, then good for you in practicing what
you preach. I'll be interested in hearing your assessment in
a few years' time. If the latter, however, and I would give long
odds on this selection, then you are still a separatist, Rod.
I don't care what the rationalization is that you have for living
there; the fact remains that you selected it for characteristics
that derive from its almost purely Caucasian nature. And I guarantee
you that what few ethnics might be there are actually white people,
too, in all regards except skin color (and they are the ones
you always think of when you are pushing your diversity-is-wonderful
message on others, aren't they?).
Separatism is merely the act of being or living apart from others
possessing specified characteristics. Want to live in a low-crime
area? Near good schools? Then you are a separatist, because those
are characteristics that do not exist in multiethnic neighborhoods.
Separatism might be racism, but if it is, then you are a racist,
Rod, and will have to consider that racism may not be an altogether
bad thing. I am a separatist; I cannot in honesty profess to
be otherwise. In fact, I don't want my kids associating with
white trash or knee-jerk liberals' offspring or the kids of religious
extremists, either. I want them physically safe and not being
bombarded with propaganda (which I don't spoon-feed them, either).
Like you, it is the characteristics that attract or repel me,
not the racial makeup; fact is, though, the characteristics accompany
and derive from the racial makeup. Facts are facts. Even the
liberal press makes no pretense of crime and ignorance being
uniform throughout our society.
So, what are we left with now? Racism, I guess, and the bigotry
(hate) charge. But, then, they are the same thing, aren't they?
What is racism/bigotry, but the belief that one is better than
another (therefore entitled to dislike or hate) due to one's
racial history or skin color?
Fair enough? Isn't that really the crux of your dilemma with
me, Rod? Your assumption/belief that I am someone who hates others
due to skin color? Well, guess what? You are wrong and you know
it. And my 30+ year history with you deserves better consideration
than you have afforded. Do I possess some attitudes about different
races? Sure. Are some of them politically incorrect? You bet.
Are they wrong? Show me where and For example, there are differences
between races, other than skin color. It isn't just coincidence
that sports of every sort are dominated by blacks; they evolved
in the African veldt, where strength and swiftness were
rewarded with life and natural selection doomed lesser physical
specimens. Broad, flared nostrils enhance the intake of oxygen,
which is used in prodigious quantities by those oversize gluteal
and thigh muscles in jumping and running. In the northern climes,
where Caucasians evolved, physical prowess was important, to
be sure, but intellectual ability was disproportionately necessary
in order to make it from one summer to the next by setting aside
food for the future and making living accommodations in one season
that sustain life in the next. That is why Caucasians so dominate
intellectual activity in this country and why affirmative action
will never work.
Are blacks better than whites because they are physically superior?
The fact is, as shown by even the liberals' hushed-up studies,
white IQs exceed black IQs by an average of 15 to 25 points.
Are whites better than blacks because they are mentally superior?
My own IQ is well in excess of 25 points higher than the average
Caucasian's; does that make me superior to any white person beneath
that mark? Does that entitle me to hate almost everybody? Asians
and Jews, as races, have higher average IQs than whites. Does
that make them better than us? There are other differences, including
skin colors, but the point is that they are just differences,
some of which give some races advantages in certain arenas over
other races. There is no inherent superiority to be derived from
an assessment of these differences and certainly no privileges
that should thereby attach.
However, I am sick to death of political correctness. I am sick
of white people apologizing to blacks. I am sick of the very
racist attitudes of liberals which results in affirmative action
because they fundamentally believe that, otherwise, black people
can never compete as equals. I am sick of white people being
discriminated against, in favor of any ethnic group. I am sick
of the media bias against whites and in favor of blacks, which
results in the rare white-on-black crime being headlined and
the monstrously-disproportionate black-on-white crimes being
not reported at all or being submerged into the background noise.
I am sick of white children being forced into physically and
mentally-unsafe schools and neighborhoods by bleeding-heart liberals.
I am sick of hearing about children of any race being raped and
murdered. I am sick of the hatred being tossed around today by
liberals and justified by terms such as anti-semitic and racist
and right-wing and conservative, ad nauseum. I am sick of all
the hatred, which now seems to be primarily the province of the
You want to talk about hatred and dirty tactics and unethical
behavior? Then I could talk for hours about Morris Dees and the
Southern Poverty Law Center and the JDL and the ADL, in the context
of the lawsuit in which I am defending the Aryan Nations. My
little girl could tell you of the death threat she received from
a JDL member, as could Rex, Nicole and Cyndi about theirs. I
could tell of the multiple threats I have received from the JDL/ADL
and from around the globe, especially Israel, for defending the
Aryan Nations against this bullshit case, brought only to shut
them up for their anti-semitic and racist beliefs. How about
the witnesses being
harassed and tampered with, right now, by Dees' minions? How
about the subornation of perjury that is now taking place? How
about my office being repeatedly illegally searched by someone?
How about the phone taps that I know have been emplaced on my
lines by the FBI? How about the tax audits I have all of a sudden
had to undergo? The property tax
reassessments that have taken place out of sequence with my neighbors?
The beer cans in my driveway? How about the local papers calling
me a Nazi because I defend the Aryan Nations (of course, since
you, who have known me so well, are willing to stoop to that
sort of rationalization, how can I expect more of them?)? How
about the loss of my friends (you, for example), now afraid to
associate with me because I am standing up to the system?
I am proud of handling the Aryan Nations case, regardless of
what the outcome may be. This is the current battlefield for
the First Amendment and I am honored to play a part in its defense.
The rest of the Constitution has already been eroded or superseded,
and I realize that the First Amendment is on its way out, too.
2nd Amendment (right to bear arms) - already so limited that
it does not exist in most places.
3rd (quartering soldiers) - eliminated by Executive Order, as
will be seen
when and if martial law is ever declared.
4th (search and seizure) - you or your car can be searched anytime
a cop wants. At worst, he can always claim he saw you do or drop
something suspicious. Search warrants require merely the flimsiest
of affidavits, often perjured, and a friendly magistrate.
5th (due process of law) Fifth Amendment - Government takes what
it wants, when it wants, via civil forfeiture, with nothing in
the way of due process being observed. Law enforcement now has
a stake in the drug trade. It's easier to broker drug deals than
to conduct genuine
investigations. If the cops arrest a burglar right away, they
have to return your property. If they don't take any action till
he sells your property and buys drugs, they get to keep the cash.
6th (rights of the accused) - How do you hire a decent lawyer
after the government confiscates all your assets or spends you
into bankruptcy defending yourself in audits and the like?
7th (trial by jury in civil cases) - Routinely denied in case
after case that I see nowadays.
8th (cruel and unusual punishment) - 10 years for smoking marijuana
rather than drinking beer?
9th (rights retained by people) - Other rights? Why, even the
enumerated rights have been taken away.
10th (rights reserved to states and people) - Now, clearly it
has become the rights granted by government, particularly the
11th (suits against states) - I just had a judge throw out a
client's main cause of action against the local county because,
by statute, the county and its minions are incapable of being
12th (election of President) - Yeah, right. As if Bush/Gore/McCain/Bradley
is really a choice.
13th (slavery) - Pretty much still intact, unless you view working
the year to pay taxes as slavery.
14th (equal protection) - As George Orwell observed in Animal
Farm, some are "more equal than others." They are now
the judicially-enumerated"protected classes": race
(only if non-white), sex (female only), religion (state approved
only). The parenthetical comments are those made by the judges,
not me. This is also where six guys can be involved in a drug
deal, five are cops and one goes to jail. And so on...
I wanted you to read David Duke's book so as to expose you to
some alternate points of view that I knew for a fact you had
discarded out of hand without considering their merits. Not because
I agreed with everything he has to say; on the contrary. He has
written an excellent overview of the racial problems of the world,
from the perspective of the racist. I wanted that to serve as
the basis of a dialogue between us which could lead to resolution
of the growing unease you had with what you perceived me to have
become. I invoked and risked our 30-year friendship to create
that dialogue, because I felt that otherwise our friendship was
doomed anyway. Can you seriously argue that I was wrong, given
your current feelings? I don't feel that I lost anything that
wasn't already lost. You weren't willing to honor that request
of mine, probably because our 30-year relationship had already
become relatively valueless to you. This letter is a poor substitute
for that dialogue we could have had, but worth the considerable
investment of time and energy I have chosen to make, nonetheless,
because I do value you.