Now to respond to @SlimTrae 's post that I didn't get to...
Alright then, where was I?
The thesis statement of the article you posted is: "Patriot Prayer’s leader is half-Japanese. Black and brown faces march with the Proud Boys. Is the future of hate multicultural?" which some people will read inquisitively like "Hmm, that's interesting, I wonder what this journalist found out about that?" and I read as "OK here's why not only white people are now white supremacist...it's because we don't have any argument so we have to label them as something nobody wants to be because we cannot wrap our minds around their logic and reason". Basically the author is like a 6 year old and accusing Proud Boys of having cooties. Well try as you might if the 6 year old's mind is dead set on you having cooties then buddy you're stuck with cooties. So that article is probably not the most friendly to the Proud Boys (not that it HAS to be, but it's not an honest take). '“Western chauvinists,” and “regularly spout white-nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.' yeah the SPLC who is currently being sued by Gavin McInnes for defamation and it's hemorrhaging leaders for reasons like SEXISM and RACISM (kinda ironic no?) so I'm not so sure their take is going to be without a slant to it. In the article the OK hand gesture is referred to as "an apparent "White Power" hand gesture". I've got a BS meter and it redlines when anyone is questioning an OK sign....it also redlines when people list their preferred pronouns which is off topic but still, my BS meter is fairly good. Perhaps one of these days I'll make a list of what is considered "White Supremacist" by the current media types and we can all read through and have a laugh...probably easier to make a list of what is NOT considered White Supremacist, 4chan trolls really fucking broke those people, that and a lack of critical thinking.
From what I can tell, and I'm no member, I've had 0 interaction with the Proud Boys and I've got 0 desire to join up...they seem to enjoy Liberty, they enjoy our rule of law, they like beer, they are unappologetically pro West in this case West meaning Europe, UK, America. They venerate/celebrate the entrepreneur & the housewife, they lament the dwindling of Men's Clubs of the olden days (Masons, Knights of Columbus, Shriners, Elks, etc)....and I guess this is what gets them in the most trouble....when they are set upon violently, they respond in kind....and that is just about it.
As for the quote, I assume this one: "I don't want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate into a Western, white, English-speaking way of life" is what you're talking about. I've searched for it, I'd like to find it in context. Some of the other quotes had been cited as being from this or that. I wouldn't be shocked if Gavin said exactly that...I don't see it as being some 'Stormfront' shit as he's not talking about killing or removing groups of people it seems though he's wanting the American "melting pot" to do it's thing before what made America is overshadowed by people who don't understand or don't care to live the way Americans live. The "white" part in there I don't know does he mean that ONLY white people is the way to go? I'm not so sure because if he was of that belief then why would non-white not only join Proud Boys but be WELCOMED in Proud Boys?
"the Neo Nazi Arthur Jones who won Republican primary by saying he would make Chicago white again" I looked that up, he was the ONLY one to run (ergo his "winning" of the primary and the Illinois State Republican Party disavowed him. What made the Jussie Smollet case unbelievable to me is the exact same thing that made me question that....."Republicans in Chicago" It's just not a Republican city AND it's corrupt as hell, so any chance there's a "evil racist Republican" around has me thinking is he a Fed? is he a Democrat plant to make them look better by comparison?Surely any Republican that would run in Chicago would be more liberal, that would be the only way to compete there. I mean you wouldn't say ok here's our candidate Dan Lipinski (who holds the seat his father held for so long) and here's a Nazi...be sure to vote it just doesn't happen. Also Nazism is antithetical to Republicanism/Conservatism.
Ron Paul is more Libertarian, Brit Hume is a journalist not a politician, George Will is a journalist and your quintessential Washington insider. Dennis Hof ran for Nevada State legislature in 2016 (as a Libertarian) and 2018 (as a Trump Republican) he won in 2018....a Christian district sure, but what does that matter? What point are we making here? He could have been carrying Libertarians all the time and just a few Christians put him over the hump. Could have been people voted straight ticket Republican and it put him over, could have been people appreciated his support for Trump . Some people are hypocritical in how they vote some are hypocritical in how they lead.
As for Enrique Tarrio's comments on hip-hop culture and racism, meh. I don't think he spoke (or was quoted) eloquently on the issues faced by the Black community. Like any other community it's not 1 issue, it's not 1 thing, I mean if I had to boil it down personally I'd blame LBJ and the War on Poverty, but there's so much nuance to the issues faced by Black people today and there's not going to be a simple fix from anyone not from Trump not from anyone. In the hip-hop culture 'gangster rap' is a big deal, it's a large part of it but I wouldn't say that causes violence anymore than I'd say metal causes violence or Marilyn Manson or whomever. I think artists write about their lived experiences or their imaginations same as authors or screenwriters. Some hip hop artists celebrate the gangster lifestyle but that's no different than any movies from the 1930's up to today (the bad guys always goes down at the end). Other artists lament having to go through that right of passage....some write about there being another way. I think music is a beautiful thing, I'm not one who is immersed in the hip hop culture (shocking to nobody ) but there's plenty I enjoy Young MC 'Bust a Move' is classic, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock 'It Takes 2', Biz Markie, LL Cool J, 'Tennessee' by Arrested Development was my jam for the longest time, and I still will like all the gangster stuff too....music is music like movies are movies blaming them for one thing or another is silly they are born of a culture as much as they impact a culture, it's like which came first the chicken or the egg? That said, Tarrio can have his opinions on those things, it's not hurting anybody it's just his view and intelligent debate and discussion is the pathway for mutual enlightenment.
Many thanks for your posts.
Haven't read it all yet but will do, as this post is [almost]long enough to qualify for the Slimtrae Damn that's a long post award! I will say this of what I've read so far. Kristol and Hume was mentioned because they are not- as you said politicians. Wasn't sure if pundits, news dudes who disagree with Trump are labeled as RINO etc.