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Notes on American History

UCLA Republicans use Nazi terms to attack MECha, at their own peril

By Octavio Romano Ph.D.
Published on LatinoLA: April 15, 2004


Notes on American History


A reading assignment for the UCLA Bruin Republicans:

It has come to my attention that theBruin Republicans of UCLA have launched a relentless and merciless attack on the campus chapter of the Chicano UCLA student group, MEChA.

As part of this attack the pejorative terms Nazi and Nazis have been attached to the MEChA membership. This is emphasized by the campus Bruin Republican?s use of Nazi symbols such as the German Nazi eagle, and the German Nazi swastika in connection with all of the Chicanos and Chicanas who belong to this student group.

The direct implication is that all current members of UCLA?s MEChA are identical to Hitler and all of his followers, therefore evil beyond belief and traditionally antithetical to Republicanism in the United States.

This being the case, I am making reading assignments (this is the first in a series) to the membership of the UCLA Bruin Republicans.

The first reading assignment is: "A Fresh Look: NAZIS AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY," by Carla Binion. Following below are excerpts from her work, readily available on the internet for those who wish to further study about Nazism and the U.S Republican Party.

Excerpt #1

Investigative reporter Christopher Simpson says in BLOWBACK that after World War II, Nazi ?migr?s were given CIA subsidies to build a far-right-wing power base in the U.S. These Nazis assumed prominent positions in in the Republican Party's "ethnic outreach committees." Simpson documents the fact that these Nazis did not come to America as individuals but as part of organized groups with fascist political agendas. The Nazi agenda did not die along with Adolf Hitler. It moved to America (or a part of it did) and joined the far right of the Republican Party.

Excerpt #2

Journalist Russ Bellant (OLD NAZIS, THE NEW RIGHT, AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY) shows that Laszlo Pasztor, a convicted Nazi war collaborator, built the Republican ?migr? network. Pasztor, who served as adviser to Republican Paul Weyrich, belonged to the Hungarian Arrow Cross, a group that helped liquidate Hungary's Jews. Pasztor was founding chairman of the Republican Heritage Groups Council.

Excerpt #3

Two months before the November 1988 presidential election, a small newspaper, Washington Jewish Week, disclosed that a coalition for the Bush campaign included a number of outspoken Nazis and anti-Semites. The article prompted six leaders of Bush's coalition to resign.

Excerpt #4

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article on the Bush team's inclusion of Nazis (David Lee Preston, "Fired Bush backer one of several with possible Nazi links," September 10, 1988.) The newspaper also ran an investigative series on Nazi members of the Bush coalition. The article confirmed that the Bush team included members listed by Russ Bellant.

Excerpt #5

Journalist Martin A. Lee, has written for The Nation, Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. In THE BEAST REAWAKENS, Lee confirms that during both the Reagan and Bush years, the Republican Party's ethnic outreach arm recruited members from the Nazi ?migr? network.

More reading assignments for the Bruin Republicans to come.



About Octavio Romano Ph.D.:
Octavio I. Romano-V., Ph.D. IS Editor: TQS Publications (formerly Quinto Sol), Publishers of Chicano art and literature.




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