Douchebag of the Month: Indiana Republican (and candidate for the 2nd Congressional District) Tony Zirkle spoke at a meeting of the National Socialist Workers Party, on the occasion of Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
(That’s a picture of his appearance. I just want to reach into the frame and pull Old Glory out of the room, so it doesn’t get soiled by standing in front of the same wall as a fucking Nazi flag and a picture of Adolf Goddamn Hitler. There’s something deeply offensive to me about seeing the American flag parked next to a Hitler picture.)
When quizzed about his speaking appearance at a Hitler birthday party, Zirkle issued what has got to be the contender for Douchebag Statement of the Year:
Asked if he agrees with the Nazis’ racist ideology, the News-Dispatch reports that Zirkle demurred, saying “he didn’t know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it.”
I’m sorry, Tony, but if you don’t “know enough” about a group called “National Socialists”–who are wearing Nazi armbands and having a birthday party for Hitler–to form an opinion on whether they’re good or bad, you don’t even really deserve to suck down air, much less run for political office.
The trouble with free speech is that you have to grant it to the most repulsive viewpoints. The great thing about that is the fact that these swastika-wearing assholes are out in public, where everyone can see them, instead of scurrying in dark meeting places while claiming persecution.
As for Tony Zirkle…he manages to stand out for sleaziness in a field that’s crowded with sleazeballs. For shame.
Oh, and whenever I see pictures of some “National Socialist” or White Power/Kluxer meeting, the same thought pops into my head: if those inbred freaks are representatives of the Master Race, the best the white folks have to offer, then we Caucasians are in some pretty deep shit.