Sunday, January 17, 2016
In Defense of Dr. David Duke
In Defense of Dr. David Duke
Originally Written on May 9th, 2011
Edited on January 17th, 2016
I would like to go on-record and state that I do not have much of a problem with Dr. David Duke, the former Louisiana State Representative, the former National Director (a/k/a Grand Wizard) of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (K.K.K.K.), and the former unsuccessful candidate for Governor and State Senator of Louisiana.
My personal religious and ethical views do not always line up with those of Dr. Duke; in fact, the vast majority of the time, they don’t. However, I am fully willing – at great personal risk to myself, and to my credibility – to publicly admit and defend my positions on him, and on his legal and political views.
David Duke may be a white-separatist Christian, a pro-life homophobe, and a blatant anti-Semite, but in a free society, he has – and, rightfully, should continue to have – the legal right to hold, and to express, these non-violent views, without fear of either prosecution, persecution, or continued threats of violence against himself and his family. That is, unless and until he says something which poses a credible, specific, direct, clear, present, and immediate risk of danger and/or harm to someone’s safety.
Regardless of his views, Dr. Duke is a principled individual whom has real intellectual integrity and courage which is unlike almost any other prominent person in the public spotlight today. Dr. Duke says what he believes, has consistently done so for the past thirty years, and is completely rational and reasonable on the vast majority of the legal and political issues about which he speaks.
Although he has been accused of “inciting racial hatred”, Dr. Duke does not wish to change the law in order to impose his religious or ethical views upon anybody, and he has never encouraged nor condoned the use of violence against members of any racial and ethnic groups with whom he does not personally choose to associate.
Dr. David Duke is willing to go to great lengths, as well as to put himself and his family at great personal risk, to expose the State of Israel’s practice of institutional racism and discrimination against Palestinians, which is a lot more than you can say about most politicians in America today. He also doesn’t buy into the sensationalist incitement of the American people against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dr. Duke supports neither corporate welfare, nor the nationalization or bailouts of big banks on Wall Street. Like Ross Perot, Ron Paul, and myself, Dr. Duke opposes N.A.F.T.A. (the North Atlantic Free Trade Association)’s “free trade” agenda, which contributes to the outsourcing of American jobs, and which does nothing to combat the human rights abuses of laborers which are permitted and excused by foreign countries such as China. Duke cares about protecting American entrepreneurship and local and small businesses, and wants to impose modest and fair tariffs in order to promote American products.
As I stated previously, I do not share Dr. Duke’s personal moral nor religious views, although our political and legal views are very much in-line with one another. I believe that he should continue to exercise his freedom to express his non-violent opinions, without fear of either being sued, being prohibited from speaking, or having violence threatened against him and his family.
I would invite you to visit his YouTube channel “drdduke”, and to watch his videos, especially those on Zionism and Iran. I believe that you will find him to be an ardent opponent of institutional racism, of any and all forms of legal discrimination, the incitement of racial and ethnic violence, and the Israeli and Zionist domination of American foreign and military policy.