Thursday, June 18, 2009
Pocket Full of Miracles
Being a white nationalist in today's world just isn't getting any easier. As a matter of fact, it can be downright difficult and, at times, more than a little confusing. I mean, just think about it.
What does a good white nationalist really stand for? Is he a Christian, a pagan, or an atheist? Is he anti-government or a patriotic American? Dose he believe in genocide or separation? Does he hate everything non-white or is he just anti-Semitic? Is he a little bit anti-Semitic, or does he hate all Jews? Should he fight for a white homeland or just a neighborhood? And...who should lead him to his long-awaited racial holy war?
Other issues plaguing the utterly disheveled white racist are things like should he get a tattoo or should he shave his head. Jack-boots or loafers? Suit and tie, or white power tee shirt? Beer bottle or tea-cup?
As the white nationalist movement has grappled with the fragmented nature of its own ideology, we have witnessed a unifying of sorts as individuals who ascribe to the racist agenda have been choosing sides between the hardcore and the soft-sell. It's certainly not a battle of wits - but it is one that may determine the fate of organized racism in this country. However, the recent events of right-wing extremists acting out their violent fantasies have given an ego boost to one of the most perfidious losers within their rank and file.
Upon the tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum, John de Nugent couldn't wait to capitalize on the nation's grief. De Nugent, a.k.a. John Nugent, a.k.a. Jack Nugent, is a sort of right-wing, sort of racist, sort of anti-Semite, no-doubt-about-it goof-ball who has suddenly been catapulted into the media frenzy surrounding the musem shooting. Of course, that is of his own doing as he called the Washington Post to let them know that he was on the shooter's mailing list - oh yeah, and he spoke with James von Brunn on the phone, although the two of them never met.
De Nugent has been trying to make some inroads on the white nationalist front for awhile now but has gotten trampled pretty soundly over the last several months after more than just a few faux pas and whole passel of bad decisions.
After moving to Sarver, Pennsylvania, home of the Lernerville Speedway and just under 9,000 residents, de Nugent thought he would be able to lure more racists to an already heavily white area to bolster him in his quest for a leadership position among the nationalist crowd.
He believed that after having written some articles for Willis Carto's Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial publication, and shamelessly exploiting a young Finnish nationalist who was summarily deported from the United States because of that exploitation de Nugent thought (and still thinks) himself worthy of leading the white race to some sort of victory.
As is true with so many self-appointed leaders, especially those leading outlandish or unsavory endeavors, however, de Nugent's psychotic and delusional ego sent red-flags up throughout the racist community. After all, they have seen more than their share of egomaniacal leaders.
In internet post after post, de Nugent told his story of heart-breaking abuse as a child and the psychological trauma as well as his many psychiatric treatments. For most readers, not feeling a sense of empathy and compassion would render one, at the very least, heartless. However, as de Nugent belabored the point ad nauseum, a stirring of disquietude began within the white nationalist community. Some began to feel uneasy and began to question his stability.
Add to his many recitations of childhood anguish his insistence upon believing that all Jews are psychopathic and that everyone who disagree with him is a Jew, the alienation of his peers was well underway.
When young Henrik Holappa entered the picture as a Finnish nationalist seeking asylum from prosecution in his homeland, de Nugent took him in and began to promote him within the American white nationalist community. Of course, it was readily evident to many bystanders that not only was this unwise, but also de Nugent's means of self-promotion.
Most narcissits are plagued with the inability to make good decisions and many become obsessive with their own self-aggrandizement. De Nugent is no exception. Obsessed with Holappa, de Nugent posted picture after picture of he and Henrik on the internet. Given to long ramblings anyway, de Nugent's internet offerings became a gallery of pictures and gushings over the 22-year-old racist. It backfired.
When de Nugent was accused, not only of exploitation, but of being a closeted homosexual the outcry from de Nugent was almost palpable. As he had already been banned from other forums for his outbursts and abuse, it was little wonder that Don Black over at Stormfront gave him the boot. However, in other areas John de Nugent was also rapidly sealing his fate.
Amidst the brouhaha over de Nugent's sexual proclivities, John continued into a downward spiral. Cozying up to Joe Fields, a convicted child molestor who somehow remains within the movement, didn't gain de Nugent any fans - although he thought it would. Time and again John tried to defend Fields. Of course, when he actually published a communication between Kevin Alfred Strom who pled guilty to child pornography a little while back, de Nugent's fan base was rapidly dwindling.
In one move of desperation after another, John de Nugent found himself caught in a web of lies, distortions, and deceit. Publishing emails from those he called "comrades," claiming past associations with little to no basis in fact, name-dropping and back-slapping de Nugent found himself with but a handful of simple-minded followers.
Criticized for not attending a conference in Boston where he was scheduled to speak, de Nugent stated:
"Let me just say this: to all who said I was a coward for not going to Boston, remember that the Jews try to arrest ALL the leaders.
"The Pentagon calls it "decapitation.
"The Old Testament calls it "Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter."
As his base of supporters had diminished, his own obsession with proving his self-importance had grown. So had his contradictions.
You see, de Nugent seems to be just as confused as the rest of the movement is - and for a would-be leader that isn't the best thing to be. But, de Nugent thinks he can make it all up as he goes along. He's that good.
If you are a Christian joining up with John - that's okay, because John believes in Christ. If you happen to be anything else, that's okay too because John isn't a Christian, he just admires Christ.
If you believe in genocide - hey, no problem. Because John really hates Jews. But, if you just believe in separation of the races - hey, John's a separatist.
If you happen to be anti-Semitic to the core - John's good with that. But, if you like some Jews, no problem. After all, John has had a couple of Jewish girlfriends, a Jewish psychiatrist, and hung out with a Rabbi. He really likes the Jews for Jesus group.
He even makes up his own words. I call them Nugent Nuggets. An all-around, flexible guy - that's John.
Of course, de Nugent has spent his entire life devoted to the white race, (notwithstanding his Jewish associations and visits to the psychiatrist, of course.) And, according to his website he now endangers his life to lead us. He is planning on running for President the next time around.
You could probably already guess that he has hung out with all of the racist notables - at least once. He even claims to have been "hard core" at one point. That entailed wearing a swastika and handing out literature at his college. It's amazing that he survived such activism.
On June 10th, James von Brunn opened fire at the Holocaust museum and John de Nugent saw his opportunity. After his call to the Washington Post, other media outlets were more than happy to speak to the man who knew von Brunn. They should have done their homework.
Alex Linder of Vanguard News Network, along with many others on the racist front have martyrized the actions of the 88-year-old racist. De Nugent, on the other hand, told the media, "I absolutely condemn what James von Brunn did." Good for him. Bad for him.
The reaction among those hard-nosed white nationalist was one of utter contempt for de Nugent. Other, more cautious, supremacists agreed. Still others, naive enough to believe John de Nugent is crafty and cunning thought this was merely a ruse on his part to secure favor with the media and the white masses.
I hate to tell those in latter group that John de Nugent is that smart - but I think he is crazy. I would urge all of them to go back and read some of his writings. Note the inconsistencies in all that he says. Note his disdain of others who came before him and his exaltation of self as the great white hope. Then look to yourselves and ask what you are doing following someone so ill-fated.
As to the media hoopla surrounding this new-found Nazi, I would ask them why they would be so irresponsible as to promote such a person as a reliable source. I would ask them to do, at least, some cursory research into the background of those individuals to whom they ask the public to assume are credible.
As to John de Nugent, who now claims, "We just want a place where we are safe, pockets of white heritage," instead of a white homeland, I would say - it will take a pocket full of miracles for you to lead anyone anywhere. To the other racists - with leaders like this, no wonder you're confused.