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
decrying my representing the Aryan Nations in the trumped-up
brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center and its founder, Morris
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
is only because the rest of this country has become so thoroughly
socialistic-cum-communist, so that true moderates, such as myself,
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
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
people). After thinking long and hard, I drafted and sent the
response, which I share with you as a sort of catharsis for my
structure - call it a part of my rebirth as a right-wing radical,
Your letter was unexpected because I thought you had discarded
without further thought once you decided I was too politically
your intellectual comfort. Since there may actually be some small
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
becoming a conservative and bigoted, likely due to my apparent
during a period spanning 30 years, during which you changed from
conservative to liberal. Because I confess to being a separatist,
equate that with racism. You also state that I must agree with
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,
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
Nations that I have met. Have you changed in that regard? Sure,
exactly in the ways you profess. You're still pretty bigoted,
the animosity you now feel for me, based strictly on my associations
thinking and not on my basic worth as a human being or my actions
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
return the favor, however. Funny thing is, though I believe your
pretty muddled politically and your mind as closed as any I have
I still have no problem with you as a friend. Friendship is,
as they say,
accepting others as they are, not because of what they are.
Trite though it may sound, some of my best friends are liberals.
my best friends are also conservatives. Some of them are even
racists. Some are religious zealots. Some are atheists. Some
Mexicans, Jews and Asians. Though I don't currently count any
more than acquaintances, I have been pleased to call many of
through the years and do currently admire the intellectual acumen
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
liberals as friends, Rod? This is such an issue with you, but
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
in most regards.
Far more profound, however, has been the fundamental
societal shift in this country from conservatism to liberalism,
the face of our having elected a draft dodger to be President.
to that sea change, which has swept you away on its leading swells,
altered my stance very little, though the apparent relative shift
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
conservative as you grow older, you have no head." What
When did the word "conservative" become so dirtied
in your lexicon? I
have observed the effects of liberalism and increased welfare
entitlements upon this country and its population and been forced
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
product only of the most massive expansion of credit and the
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,
upswell in tax rates, despite the general prosperity. When prosperity
way to recession or worse, as it always does, then the system
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
current lifestyle. National economics really is no different
practiced at the personal level.
So, I guess you decry my social conservatism, then, is that correct?
course, I believe in abortion, however. I also believe in private
of religious thinking (no state religions, not even that peculiar
called atheism). I also believe in true equality. Of course,
means equality of opportunity to me, not dividing up everything
out equal shares - that is socialism, of course. And drugs, well,
my attitudes in this regard. Pretty liberal thinking, eh? Gosh,
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
but we will both agree that you are no longer such.
Gosh, maybe "conservative" isn't really what you mean,
seem to use that word interchangeably with "bigot,"
"separatist" and "racist."
Of course, I note that most liberals indulge in that sort of
stroking. I'm surprised you don't accuse me of being a religious
fundamentalist, as well, since that is part and parcel of the
Of course, since I am willing to tolerate religious fundamentalists,
I really am one of them to a liberal. Of course, using your logic
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
mark. Hmmmmm. Do you see the flaw in this sort of reasoning,
You never mentioned the word hate, a favorite of the liberal,
socialist, commie, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, fruit-beer-swilling,
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
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
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
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
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
Near good schools? Then you are a separatist, because those are
characteristics that do not exist in multiethnic neighborhoods.
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
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
bombarded with propaganda (which I don't spoon-feed them, either).
you, it is the characteristics that attract or repel me, not
the racial makeup;
fact is, though, the characteristics accompany and derive from
makeup. Facts are facts. Even the liberal press makes no pretense
crime and ignorance being uniform throughout our society.
So, what are we left with now? Racism, I guess, and the bigotry
charge. But, then, they are the same thing, aren't they? What
racism/bigotry, but the belief that one is better than another
entitled to dislike or hate) due to one's racial history or skin
Fair enough? Isn't that really the crux of your dilemma with
Your assumption/belief that I am someone who hates others due
color? Well, guess what? You are wrong and you know it. And my
year history with you deserves better consideration than you
Do I possess some attitudes about different races? Sure. Are
them politically incorrect? You bet. Are they wrong? Show me
For example, there are differences between races, other than
It isn't just coincidence that sports of every sort are dominated
they evolved in the African veldt, where strength and swiftness
rewarded with life and natural selection doomed lesser physical
Broad, flared nostrils enhance the intake of oxygen, which is
prodigious quantities by those oversize gluteal and thigh muscles
and running. In the northern climes, where Caucasians evolved,
prowess was important, to be sure, but intellectual ability was
disproportionately necessary in order to make it from one summer
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
dominate intellectual activity in this country and why affirmative
Are blacks better than whites because they are physically superior?
The fact is, as shown by even the liberals' hushed-up studies,
exceed black IQs by an average of 15 to 25 points. Are whites
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
superior to any white person beneath that mark? Does that entitle
me to hate
almost everybody? Asians and Jews, as races, have higher average
than whites. Does that make them better than us? There are other
including skin colors, but the point is that they are just differences,
which give some races advantages in certain arenas over other
is no inherent superiority to be derived from an assessment of
differences and certainly no privileges that should thereby attach.
However, I am sick to death of political correctness. I am sick
people apologizing to blacks. I am sick of the very racist attitudes
liberals which results in affirmative action because they fundamentally
believe that, otherwise, black people can never compete as equals.
sick of white people being discriminated against, in favor of
group. I am sick of the media bias against whites and in favor
which results in the rare white-on-black crime being headlined
monstrously-disproportionate black-on-white crimes being not
all or being submerged into the background noise. I am sick of
children being forced into physically and mentally-unsafe schools
neighborhoods by bleeding-heart liberals. I am sick of hearing
children of any race being raped and murdered. I am sick of the
being tossed around today by liberals and justified by terms
anti-semitic and racist and right-wing and conservative, ad nauseum.
I am sick of all the hatred, which now seems to be primarily
of the left-wing.
You want to talk about hatred and dirty tactics and unethical
Then I could talk for hours about Morris Dees and the Southern
Law Center and the JDL and the ADL, in the context of the lawsuit
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
about theirs. I could tell of the multiple threats I have received
JDL/ADL and from around the globe, especially Israel, for defending
Aryan Nations against this bullshit case, brought only to shut
them up for
their anti-semitic and racist beliefs. How about the witnesses
harassed and tampered with, right now, by Dees' minions? How
subornation of perjury that is now taking place? How about my
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
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
Nazi because I defend the Aryan Nations (of course, since you,
known me so well, are willing to stoop to that sort of rationalization,
can I expect more of them?)? How about the loss of my friends
example), now afraid to associate with me because I am standing
I am proud of handling the Aryan Nations case, regardless of
outcome may be. This is the current battlefield for the First
and I am honored to play a part in its defense. The rest of the
has already been eroded or superseded, and I realize that the
Amendment is on its way out, too. Think not?
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
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
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
trade. It's easier to broker drug deals than to conduct genuine
investigations. If the cops arrest a burglar right away, they
return your property. If they don't take any action till he sells
property and buys drugs, they get to keep the cash.
6th (rights of the accused) - How do you hire a decent lawyer
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
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
the rights granted by government, particularly the Federal government.
11th (suits against states) - I just had a judge throw out a
cause of action against the local county because, by statute,
the county and
its minions are incapable of being negligent.
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
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
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
alternate points of view that I knew for a fact you had discarded
hand without considering their merits. Not because I agreed with
he has to say; on the contrary. He has written an excellent overview
racial problems of the world, from the perspective of the racist.
that to serve as the basis of a dialogue between us which could
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
dialogue, because I felt that otherwise our friendship was doomed
Can you seriously argue that I was wrong, given your current
don't feel that I lost anything that wasn't already lost. You
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
considerable investment of time and energy I have chosen to make,
nonetheless, because I do value you.
Edgar J. Steele is an innocent man,
and a political prisoner
as the result of government misconduct.
His case is a sobering example of what happens to the politically
incorrect in a police state. I urge you to withhold judgment
and watch the 6 videos below before you form an opinion. His
case was based upon a federal police set-up that has echoes of
Ruby Ridge and Randy Weaver.