Lobbyists, who are not looked on favorably by most Americans, just took another hit to their image when John Bowles, a member of the American Nazi Party, registered as a lobbyist in the nation’s capitol. Bowles ran for president in 2008 under the banner of the National Socialist Order. He was not on the ballot anywhere but gathered a few write-in votes.
Bowles is now taking his racial politics mainstream. He expects some members of Congress will not be receptive to his message, but others will consider it “interesting.” He plans on taking a measured approach to contacting members of Congress.
“I’m not going to go in and shove a swastika in their face,” Bowles said.
In his 2008 presidential run, Bowles said, “Both the Republican Party and Democratic Party are pro-Zionist and working against the best interests of White America.” That rhetoric won’t go over well towards influencing members of Congress who, except for a handful of independents, are Republicans and Democrats.
Bowles said that the issues he will emphasize are “agriculture, clean air and water, civil rights, health issues, the Constitution, immigration, manufacturing, and retirement.” That sounds innocuous, except that civil rights in his lingo means civil rights only for white people. Bowles did say that he was going to stick to the facts and avoid “racial slurs.” Of course, the facts are of his choosing.
Bowles’ goal in Washington is to make it easier for the Nazis to get on the ballot. He doesn’t appear to realize that ballot access is determined at the state level, not the federal. The exception is for state laws that discriminate, which are not something Bowles is likely to argue against. That should make his lobbying on that issue a short-term affair. Yet Bowles thinks it is just the beginning.
“In the future, when we get people on the ballot, when people see the swastika on the ballot, they’ll know what they’re getting,” Bowles said.
No need to do that. The world tried that once. We know exactly what we would be getting.