Bush’s party quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard in support of the Iraq war

Ku Klux Klan member's fascist salute

After US nazis in the US armed forces in Iraq; after a British nazi who said that he would join the armed forces in Iraq, but didn’t; after US and Dutch extreme Rightist gay bashing (ex?)gay prostitutes, supportive of the Iraq war, but unwilling to go themselves; now, Bush’s Republican party calls on the Ku Klux Klan in support of the Iraq war.

From Think Progress in the USA:

Rep. Poe Quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard On House Floor

Yesterday on the House floor, Rep. Ted Poe (R[epublican]-T[e]X[as]) argued that the United States needs to immediately authorize funds for the war in Iraq.

“Congress needs to quit talking about supporting the troops and put money where our mouths seem to be,” said Poe.

To make his case, he quoted “successful Confederate general” Nathan Bedford Forrest, but left out the fact that Forrest was also one of the original Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan.

Florida School Named After KKK Grand Wizard Gets A New Name: here.

Academic uncovers lost London resting place of Charles Kuhn Prioleau, and the forgotten story of Confederate support in Britain: here.

15 thoughts on “Bush’s party quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard in support of the Iraq war

  1. Few Americans realize that the Klan was once a mass organization. Klansmen controlled many state legislatures, most of them in the North. For many years, a lot of ‘respectable’ public figures were former Klansmen.

    The Klan portrayed itself as a patriotic organization dedicated to defending Christianity, the family and the virtues of American womanhood. If they were opposed to Jews, Blacks and Catholics, it was only because Jews Blacks and Catholics threatened the institutions that the Klan defended.

    I grew up in New Jersey, where, all through the twenties, our town had an annual Ku Klux Klan day parade and celebration. I learned this as a young man. I met an elderly Communist who told me that he had been run out of town for throwing a brick through the window of the head Klansman’s car during the parade. I shook his hand and thanked him.

    Since then, it has been my bad fortune to have lived in or around a couple of centers of Klan activity. Their latest attempt at claiming legitimacy is to harp on the supposed “confederate heritage”. Any time I hear a politician or public figure talk about “confederate heritage”, “rebel pride” etc. I assume that I am listening to Klan code.

    Sometimes, for fun, I will pretend to be a right winger. I’ll let one of these assholes go on for a little while and then interrupt them with something like, “Yes, but wasn’t the confederacy a hostile entity set up in opposition to the United States of America and it’s constitution? I’m loyal to the United States of America and if anybody tries to destroy America by reviving the Confederacy, I think he should be killed as a traitor.”

    That’s usually fun, because it scares them. Other times I am much more confrontational. I let a Klan supporter talk to me and several co workers one time. Then I interrupted him to say, “Is that what you think? Well, here’s what I think, I think that all of you racist assholes should be chopped up with chainsaws on national TV. Now that’s a show I’d love to watch.”

    Sorry to go on so long, but those people get me going. I’ve matured a bit, and even become somewhat sympathetic to non violent resistance, but I still think those people should be confronted and opposed every time they raise their heads. Thanks for this post.


  2. Hi Jon, thanks for this reaction. I found out about “Neo Confederates” on this blog when I posted an entry about an African American artist representing the Confederate flag as hanging from a noose.


  3. Apr 16, 3:55 PM EDT

    Democrats: Texas gov should disavow secession talk

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of Texas Democrats says Republican Gov. Rick Perry was reckless when he suggested at an anti-tax rally that fed-up Americans may one day want to secede from the United States. They said Thursday that he should disavow such talk. Democratic state Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco says talk of secession is anti-American and that some people associate it with racial division and the Civil War.

    Perry’s office did not immediately respond Thursday.

    Answering a question from The Associated Press at an anti-tax rally Wednesday, Perry said he doesn’t think Texas should secede. But he said the federal government was thumbing its nose at the American people and added, “who knows what might come out of that.”


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