The nightmare that haunts Charles Johnson’s sleep

First there was the Celtic cross-shaped bookend on a bookshelf in Vlaams Belang leader Filip Dewinter’s study, caught in a home video, that convinced the jack-booted, leather leggings-wearing (I’m speaking figuratively of course) neocon cop for global political correctness Charles Johnson that Dewinter is the re-incarnation of Hitler. Now the city of Rome has elected as its mayor a man who wears the Celtic cross around his neck:

Rome swings to Right

(ANSA)—Rome, April 28—Former agriculture minister Giovanni Alemanno was voted in as Rome mayor on Monday, taking the Italian capital to the Right for the first time since the fall of Fascism.

With ballot counting almost complete, Alemanno was ahead of his centre-left rival Francesco Rutelli—Italy’s outgoing culture minister and two-time former Rome mayor—by 53.6% to 46.4%….

Crime and immigration also shot to the top of the campaign agenda following a brutal sex attack at a railway station on the outskirts of Rome….

He has promised to improve safety by putting more police on the streets, cracking down on illegal immigrants and illegal Roma settlements and improving conditions at outlying train stations.

But the 50-year-old politician, who was born in the southern city of Bari, has come under fire for his neofascist political roots.

He is married to Isabella Rauti—the daughter of far-right diehard Pino Rauti—and wears a Celtic cross around his neck, a symbol of the far right in Italy. Alemanno insists that he wears the encircled cross as a religious symbol.

The Celtic cross! It is to Charles Johnson as the Cross is to Dracula.

Or, as I’ve said before, if we changed “Communists” into “Fascists,” Johnson is like the character in Bob Dylan’s “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues”:

I was looking high and low for them Fascists everywhere,
I was looking in the sink and underneath the chair.
I looked way up my chimney hole,
I even looked deep inside my toilet bowl.
They got away …

Well, I was sittin’ home alone and started to sweat,
Figured they was in my T.V. set.
I peeked behind the picture frame,
Got a shock from my feet, right up in the brain.
Them Fascists caused it!
I know they did … them hard-core ones.

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Richard W. writes:

Who knew the extent to which white supremecy had traveled! For instance in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, I see that the Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center is a part of the hate movement. (It is now closed.)

Bob F. writes:

Wow. I guess I’ll have to dig out and start wearing the old Celtic Cross given to me by my Presbyterian Choir director for some solo well-sung when I was about seven.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 28, 2008 03:29 PM | Send

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