Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KY Senate Candidate Running on Anti-Semitic/White Power Platform

Campaign sign for Robert Ransdell, running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky/WLWT

Remember this year's Fort Thomas Fourth of July parade? Remember the great turnout? The entertaining floats and performances? The city and national pride?

How about the guy waving a sign around, reading "With Jews We Lose in the U.S. Senate?"

That man, who was in no way affiliated with the parade, the July 4th festivities, or the city, was campaigning for Robert Ransdell, once coordinator for the Cincinnati unit of the pro-white organization National Alliance and now registered write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky currently held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It is unknown whether the man shuffling along the Fort Thomas parade's sidelines was officially sanctioned by the Ransdell campaign.

Aside from the shockingly direct anti-semitism of his campaign's message, Ransdell has made clear that he has no expectations of winning said election. Instead, as WLWT reported late last night, the campaign is meant simply to spread his pro-white message.

"The purpose of this campaign," says a statement on a white power forum Stormfront.org, "is for it to serve as a medium for pro-White/White Nationalist ideals and principles."

Otherwise, there's not much on the internet about the campaign itself. As more typical campaigns do, Ransdell's does not have a website, or even a Facebook page devoted to promoting it. A Google search for "Robert Ransdell for US Senate" does, however, bring up an alarming number of links to white power forums.

Ransdell's strategy, instead, seems to be blanketing the state with signs like those pictured above, much to many residents' chagrin, according to the report, which quoted one Northern Kentucky woman calling Ransdell's campaign "complete ignorance and hate."

To boot, the report also mentioned that Ransdell's controversial signs might not be in complete accordance with Kentucky campaign laws, in that they do not provide the address of the individual or party financing the signs.

Frankly, one's right to free speech, etc., acknowledged, FTM and its staff are dumbfounded that this sort of hatred and bigotry still exists, let alone on the level of a national political campaign. Using a campaign for federal office as a soapbox for a hate-driven agenda, with no expressed purpose of holding or utilizing said office, is an abuse of the political system, and a waste of voters' time and attention. That it's a campaign being run in our home state is, put mildly, an embarrassment.

This is us shaking our heads at the Ransdell campaign.

On November 4th, aside from casting our votes in favor of one of Ransdell's opponents, we'll also be wishing the ballot included a way to more actively deny our votes to one candidate in particular.

5 comments:

  1. Hatred and bigotry indeed. Hatred is a product of fear, fear is a product of ignorance.( read that somewhere ) The idea that Nazi propaganda campaigns started in rural areas of U.S. by nazi agents in the months preceding, and throughout World War 2 still have an effect on the ignorant and uneducated, is truly a shameful and lingering plague upon our society. The only thing worse, is that there are many who not only still preach this garbage, but hide behind our constitution while doing so.

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    1. Why even give this time the day on your great website.
      He is getting exactly what he wants, publicity.

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    2. Oh, I'm soooooo sick of the Tuesday Morning QB editors. This is news. It's disgusting, but it IS news. Especially bc my family and I saw this JO at the parade in Ft. Thomas during the 4th.

      This guy has no change at winning. None. And letting the general public know how much of a jerk wad this guy is is a GOOD THING. Don't know if this comment is from the same Randy guy on the FTM Facebook page or not, but if you don't like it, just move on. no need to be such a jerk.

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  2. Fortunately, my 8 and 5 year old were too busy collecting candy to notice the anti-semitic signage. They are part Jewish by way of their mother's side of the family, though they are baptized Episcopal and attend Sunday school at our church. The ignorance of such individuals is so vast that they don't even realize their anti-semitic remarks can hurt Christians who either converted from Judaism or have family members of that faith. As much as we enjoy the parade, it has gotten way too political over the years and I think we will opt out next year. I don't want to spend a holiday dedicated to freedom, which includes religious freedom, explaining to my children why such hatred towards their heritage can be displayed 100 yards from their house. Free speech, sure, yeah we get it. But in little Fort Thomas do you really need to use the 4th of July parade to spread hate toward other Americans? Hate towards my children?

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  3. "On November 4th... we'll also be wishing the ballot included a way to more actively deny our votes to one candidate in particular."

    Wow, whatever happened to, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

    I think this guy is a jerk, and a hateful anti-Semite, and I would never ever vote for him or anyone like him. But I have no wish to shut him up. He does more damage to himself and his "cause" when he keeps talking.

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