There isn’t much to say beyond the obvious about Arthur Jones, the Holocaust-denying former member of the Nationalist Socialist Party who is now a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ third Congressional district. Suffice it to say, Via Meadia hopes to be spared the sight of Mr. Jones being sworn in as a member of Congress. We do have one question for his campaign, though. JTA reports that
In addition to his past party affiliation, Jones regularly organizes family-friendly neo-Nazi events scheduled to coincide with Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
We can’t help but wonder: what do family-unfriendly neo-Nazi events look like?Nasty forms of anti-Semitism are all too prevalent today, from Hugo Chávez’s ugly anti-Semitic invective to the Jew-demonizing rhetoric of some of the people politically empowered by the Arab Spring.America remains a country where Jew-hating is seen as sign both of a weak mind and flawed character. That’s a good thing; any sign of increased social tolerance for anti-Semitic rhetoric and ravings would be the worst possible news. Anti-Semitism remains a leading indicator for authoritarianism and poverty. We wish Mr. Jones an eye-opening moment of insight followed by deep and sincere repentance. Failing that, we predict an unsatisfying life of futility and frustration on the political fringe.