I just found out yesterday (February 28th) that the Columbia City Weekly, an alternative newspaper serving the Columbia, South Carolina area, interviewed National Socialist Movement (NSM) Presidential candidate John Taylor Bowles (pictured at left courtesy of Times-online.com) on February 14th, 2007. To ensure the information isn't lost, I'm archiving the interview here.
Click HERE to enter Bowles' campaign website.
Click HERE to read the 25 points of national socialism.
Near the middle of the town square and only a few blocks from City Hall, a massive Confederate flag lashes back and forth in front of the “world famous” Redneck Shop in Laurens, a quiet town in the Upstate. Step inside the store and you’re in another world– or perhaps only another century. From the outside you might not see it, but beating like a dark, black heart in the center of this quaint and beautiful South Carolina town is a small political machine working out of a store that sells, among other things, Ku Klux Klan robes and genocidal video games with the sole purpose of “gunning down the brown.” A once-controversial lightening rod with its fair share of past headlines (it has been open for 11 years), the Redneck Shop is currently functioning as the campaign headquarters for presidential candidate John Taylor Bowles, who is the presidential nominee of the National Socialist Movement – or as it’s perhaps more widely known – the American Nazi Party.
At the end of a straight, dusty road just a few miles off I-26, the Laurens town center is sandwiched between one set of railroad tracks and another with a sprinkling of small car dealerships dotted around the bigger roads that surround it. Inside the square it’s as if time stopped somewhere between 1950 and 1960. The only visual linkages to the current year are the cars parked outside the half-dozen or so barber shops and Laundromats lined up and down both sides of Main Street. A mural-sized Coca-Cola ad is still splashed along the sides of one brick building offering five-cent bottles and a memorial to the “Boys in gray” stands tall outside the county courthouse. Inside the Capitol Café restaurant around the corner from City Hall the front of the menu reads “Lost in the ‘50s” and the jukebox is literally jammed up and stuck on a selection titled “Great ladies of rock from the ’60s.” On the tabletop the sugar caddies are filled with Dixie Crystals. Inside the café, four members of the Laurens County Fire Department sit for an hour and chat together while life in their quiet town goes by on its quiet way on an unseasonably warm February afternoon. They have no idea that a man is running his campaign for president only four blocks away.
“President of what?” one of them asks, surprised that someone from their small town has made a bid for the big office. The United States– and he’s running as a member of the National Socialist Movement.
The American Nazi Party.
“I think it’s a joke,” one of them says. But it is no joke.
In December 2006, John Taylor Bowles announced his candidacy for president on the NSM ticket with William Hoff as his running mate. The following day Hoff was killed in an auto accident, but Bowles plans to move forward with the campaign anyway. He has been declared – surprise – a long shot, but he thinks that’s a good thing; it’s better than not being counted at all. Having just returned from a weeklong barnstorming of the upper Midwest, Bowles is now back in the state where he lives and is registered to vote, the state of South Carolina.
When City Paper first heard of Bowles’ presidential bid, like the fireman in the Capitol Café, we too thought it was a joke. Worse yet, we thought it was a sick one. Was the guy for real? When was the last time the National Socialist Movement even made headlines? Weren’t they, like the Klan, long washed away by the tides of progression, intellectualism and cultural tolerance? Apparently not. And judging by a CNN article just this month and a recent analysis by MSNBC, both the KKK and the NSM are coming back in style after the lull and disenfranchisement they suffered in the ’90s. Why then this sudden propulsion in the zeitgeist for extremist white supremacy groups? How about this for an answer: Illegal immigration. More so, Bowles says, it’s the refusal for either the Republicans or the Democrats to adequately deal with the problem. (Republicans don’t want to address illegal immigration because they want the cheap labor and Democrats don’t want to do anything about it because they want the vote, he says.)
Speaking by phone, Bowles said he would meet with City Paper to talk about his campaign and his reasons for running. He said we could come to his headquarters and he and his staff would answer any questions we had about the American Nazi Party or the nuts and bolts of an NSM campaign, the kind of cult political movement that while it blows through the United States every four years or so tends to do so under the radar of the national press. “There’s a big Confederate flag out front,” he said. “You can’t miss it.”
He couldn’t be more right.
Inside the Redneck Shop is an approximate 800-square-foot politically incorrect, claustrophobic anti-funhouse and horror shop for non-whites, northerners and Jews. Piles of furled Nazi flags spill out of boxes on the floor, Confederate flag beads hang from revolving racks and the walls are covered with bumper stickers that would make Michael Richards’ tirade seem more like a children’s song. Heaps of metal KKK belt buckles, iron crosses and lapel pins shine from inside plastic display cases stickered with racist epithets. Here a cartoon Calvin pisses on the word “Yankee.” There a fabric “White Pride World Wide” patch appears near a T-shirt reading “Race mixing is death.” A Skrewdriver “Live in Germany” DVD leads off the music selection in a trophy case where piled on top are scattered stacks of leaflets titled “The original story of the Ku Klux Klan.”
“That’s me when I was eighteen years old” says storeowner John Howard, pointing to a picture in a cracked frame on the far wall. It is a portrait of a young man dressed in a green Klan robe and purple cape. Howard, 61, is a 40-year member of the Klan and says he “hasn’t killed nobody yet.” The man in the portrait is a lot younger and a lot thinner than Howard is now as he sits behind the desk of his shop with the heat blaring, watching the History Channel and a closed-circuit video security monitor.
“You ever been to a Klan meeting?” he asks. Howard is comfortable with the topic, almost lofty. Inside the shop, John Taylor Bowles is nowhere to be found. In his place is 18-year-old Nick Chappell, the campaign’s Viking youth corps director and Kevin Swift, 24, who acts as Bowles’ head of security. Both are dressed in full-on Nazi gear head to toe from the laced-up jackboots to the swastika armbands. “He’ll be down shortly,” Chappell says, standing tall with his hands folded in front of him. Swift watches our every move, his blue eyes strafing back and forth under a pair of blonde eyebrows and a shiny bald head. Twenty minutes later and still no sign of the candidate, Chappell and Swift make small talk about the campaign and their recent political plow through North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. In Huron, S.D., Chappell says, they picketed the Plainsman newspaper after they were thrown out of the newsroom.
From behind the desk Howard speaks into a telephone. “They’re here,” he says. “Young guys, too.”
When Bowles enters the store he does so from a staircase that is hidden from view. A big man with large thick glasses and dressed in the same uniform as his associates, Bowles is all smiles. His round, cherubic face is smooth and almost sans neck as it sits atop a tan shirt with a stitched NSM logo and esoteric designs on the collar and a straight black tie that hangs to his belt. On his left wrist is a gold watch with a Confederate flag on the face. “We’ll get you set up back here,” he says, leading us to a sort of backroom area of the shop where folding chairs and a table are set up for clandestine meetings.
The back room of the Redneck Shop is how you might expect it, disorganized and cluttered, an arms span worth of hooded silk Klan robes hanging from a rack like the wardrobe closet of Casper the unfriendly ghost. And across the table sits the 48-year-old man running for president of these United States with his arms folded and the fluorescent light casting no shadows on the very prominent symbol of, well, let’s hear it straight from him: “This,” he says, patting his armband, “and make sure the people understand this– this is coming back into style again.” He’s talking about the swastika, what he calls the ancient symbol of the white race. There are lots of different symbols the party could use, he says, but it’s those four offset right angles that “seem to do the best trick.” Not that trickery is something Bowles is about because if that were the case he’d be dressed in a white shirt and tie like a “high school principal.” He’d also be ashamed to wear a symbol of an elephant or a jackass, he says, and suggests that nowadays people in America are accepting the swastika.
When Bowles speaks his accent is nondescript and hard to identify. It’s not Southern and almost seems like Midwest vs. Mid-Atlantic. Born in Maryland and having just campaigned through the Great Plains it’s not impossible that his inflection and cadence have been buffed for the most universal appeal.
“When I get out on the street in this uniform and shake hands and I’ve got people blowing their horns and giving thumbs up and salutes and taking my leaflets and handing me money and I’ve got to cram it in my pockets and everything… that’s being accepted,” he says. But has that really happened?
“Yes,” he says. “It happens all the time.”
So a man with a swastika is running for president. For sure it’s not the first time. But why now? And does he really think he’ll have a chance? Already Bowles is set up with a political action committee and receiving donations, he says. He expects to be on the ballot in at least 20 states and the way things are going he thinks it might be possible to hit a number as high as 40. In South Carolina alone he will need 10,000 signatures to get his name on the list, something he says will be “no problem.” “This is a pretty favorable area,” he says. “There’s a lot of support down here.”
The only child
When Bowles was 17 years old and living in Baltimore he went to the public library one day and took out a book on all the political organizations in America. Back then he says it was harder to join up with people than it is now with the Internet and Web sites facilitating the hook up with organizations like the NSM. It was from that book that he obtained the address of the national chapter, mailed them, signed up, and has been a member ever since. Shortly after officially joining the NSM Bowles helped a man named Wolfgang Schrodt vie for a seat on city council in 1975. He ran on the NSM ticket with the young Bowles acting as his treasurer. Schrodt won the primary and according to Bowles went on to enter the general election and received 17 percent of the vote. It was the start of a political career.
Growing up, Bowles’ parents were only somewhat supportive of his affiliation with the NSM and when he talks about it now he seems almost dismissive. His father worked at a shipyard, his mother a longtime employee of Western Electric. Though they were both middle class Democrats, Bowles said his mother and father voted for George Wallace. He was an only child who wished he had a brother to wrestle and fight with.
Throughout his 20s, Bowles worked and attended rallies presumably of the National Socialist Movement kind. He politicked some more and said the lifestyle could be like a roller coaster. In the ’70s, for instance, they could put a couple hundred uniformed people in the streets no problem but by the Reagan ’80s life in the NSM bloodstream mellowed out, congealed and went flat line. For four years Bowles spent time in prison (Maryland, 1985-1989) on what he called a “railroad job,” the product of his political activism. Bowles also joined the U.S. Air Force and then became a federal officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he worked in food law enforcement. (He has since retired to run for president.)
In the ’90s– contradicting current media analysis– Bowles says things picked up and right now because of the war in Iraq and illegal immigration, the cult movement, he says, is gearing up and ready to go. Currently acting as the national elections director of the NSM as well as the party’s nominee for president, Bowles says he’s excited and “things are going very good.” And what of the– come on– actual possibility of winning the presidential election? Bowles smiles. “Nothing’s impossible,” he says. “Americans love an underdog.”
Not impossible? Dude, you’re dressed up in a Nazi uniform. You think all non-whites should be sent back to their “respective homelands.” You want to remove all non-white people from the military for Pete’s sake. You called the events of Sept. 11, 2001 a “punch in the nose” on America’s financial institution and don’t think anything like it will ever happen again. How do you expect to gain majority support of the voting public when many of them are minorities to begin with?
The short answer? Populism. We’ll get to the “non-white thing” later, but now Bowles wants to talk centrism, populist ideals and an appeal to middleclass whites.
“We [the NSM] represent a little bit of everything,” he says. “In fact we’re absorbing everybody.” So, is the American Nazi Party, one that’s arguably been one of the most extreme longstanding political organizations in American history, actually trying to go the populist route, perhaps even believing the average American, even the non-white American, is going to agree with their ideology? Taking a look at their current platform, possibly so. According to their 2008 presidential candidate, the NSM is taking the environmental issues of the Green Party, the core liberty and constitution beliefs of the Constitution Party, specific conservative values of the right, and liberal or socialist views of the far left. Bowles (who says even though he is the presidential candidate of the party still must answer to the NSM commander) is for individual states’ choice on abortion and believes in free healthcare. He’s against gay marriage and against the war in Iraq and wants to bring all (caution: trip-up coming) the white troops home. He is against the decriminalization of drugs and wants a five percent flat tax. He wants to reduce the retirement age to 55 and use military force to get rid of all illegal immigrants in the country. Right now if Bowles were asked to choose a current presidential contender to vote for other than himself he says the answer might surprise you. He’d choose Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
“We’re very populist,” Bowles says. “And that’s what we want to be. We represent all those different viewpoints.”
For a moment, in the back room of the small shop where, according to the storeowner 90 percent of the merchandise comes from China (because no one will manufacture it here), it almost seems like a moderate Democrat or center-leaning Republican is speaking to any town hall constituency in any Rust Belt city only he’s dressed up in a Nazi suit. But it’s as one patron leaves the store and waves goodbye to the owner who gives him a seemingly well-rehearsed “Don’t let the n—–s get ‘ya” that it’s time to crack the knuckles and get down to this thing. The swazi, the jackboots, the Confederate flag, OK. The rows and rows of Klan robes and stickers with white-sheeted figures next the words “The real boys in the hood.” The earlier admission that though Bowles himself is not a member of the Klan, the NSM and the KKK do share a coalition. There’s an extreme view here somewhere, obviously, and while it shows plain as day with the clothes he wears and the company he keeps, extracting it from Bowles comes with caution. Not once does he himself use the N word during the interview.
Only once did he even say the word “Jew.”
What does Bowles think about non-whites, exactly, in a political sense? And as a presidential candidate, if elected, what will the man whose slogan is “The white people’s candidate” do with those who don’t apply?
Bowles does not pause and he does not roll his eyes. He takes the question as if it is, as it should be, expected.
“Well I’m going to move large segments of the non-white population back to their respective homelands,” he says. “Because I have a right to do that by law and I’ll probably declare it a national emergency.” (He says it’s the Patriot Act that gives him this right.)
Now, that’s not very populist is it? And just as the political centerline seems to buckle and begin skewing ever so far out towards Crazytown, Bowles tries to rein it back in. “But only if this is what people want,” he says. “I represent what people want. Whatever they want is what I will do. And if I don’t get elected then that tells me that they don’t want me and my idea.”
As for his personal views on segregation, he is for it. “We have two ways to go,” he says. “We either keep an interracial society or we will separate. I prefer separation. I think it’s best for each to go with their own kind and their own area. When we talk about removing the non-whites from this country to their racial homelands we’re not just going to dump them over there. We’re going to make sure they have the housing and jobs and everything. We would like to see our blacks in this country take their education and their skills and go back to Africa and apply it there and maybe even one day Africa may be a superpower.” And while the U.S. military is currently suffering stress in both recruitment and manpower, Bowles says he would remove all non-whites from it because he’s afraid of an apocalyptic outcome.
“They pose a big threat,” he says of non-whites in the armed forces. “They’re learning things that eventually they’re going to use in a revolutionary setting.”
The National Socialist Movement represents a different kind of ideology, too, he says. “We look at race as a valid way of looking at things in life. And a lot of problems in this country have a racial factor behind them…the other political groups won’t look at the issue of race.” Bowles even says the Constitution Party is ideologically similar to the NSM except they don’t draw such a hard line on the race issue.
It is because of these racist views, the blatant display of nostalgia for 1930s fashion and, of course, the namesake of the NSM and American Nazi Party, that Bowles has hired Swift as his head of security. Swift, a big boy with a shaved head, a patch of facial hair on his chin and large-gauge silver earrings, said that though they have received more Thank You notes than hate mail, there have been threats on the candidate’s life but he declined to go into details. “I’m always looking for the worst to happen,” he said and noted that he will be increasing security measures as they get closer to the primaries and events leading up to 2008. All in all, Swift says, he’s not too worried. On April 21 they plan to have between 200 and 300 people attend a rally at the State House in Columbia. As for the youth movement, Chappell is responsible for everyone under the age of 18 and says thousands join up “all the time.” The NSM grew by about 20 percent since Bowles declared his candidacy, he said, although National Socialist Movement Commander Jeff Schoep keeps the official numbers as privileged information.
Live from Laurens: Reich The Vote
Bowles, Chappell and Swift walk in full regalia the blocks around the town square in Laurens freely and without incident. They dress the same when they meet city mayors as they do grandmothers and children on the street when they hand out leaflets or campaign materials. “This shocks people,” Bowles says gesturing again to the swastika armband. “This has a good effect. Because when people are shocked they stand and listen. And if they stand and listen to what I’m saying they’ll go home and start thinking. I want people to start thinking. Especially white people.”
The folks who live and work around the town square in the City of Laurens however, say they don’t think too much about it. David Little, a black barber working at the Real Talk Barber Shop one block from the Redneck Shop says they don’t bother him and he doesn’t bother them. He’s never stepped foot inside the Redneck Shop and doesn’t plan to. “I don’t want to see what’s in there,” he said. As for what he thinks about Bowles running for president: “It’s a free country.” A local police officer also said there haven’t been any incidents or problems even when they’ve held rallies from time to time. “When [the store] first opened it was kind of a big deal,” he said as he gazed toward the Confederate flag on the sidewalk. “But not anymore.”
Laurens Mayor Sharon Brownlee said it was the first she’d heard about Bowles running for president and said though the Redneck Shop had made national news in the past they tend to keep to themselves nowadays.
“They’re in business just like anybody else,” she said.
Yvan Yousef, owner the Roma Pasta Grill and Pizzeria restaurant directly next door to the campaign headquarters where Bowles and his staff often eat and hold meetings, said they have never given him any problems. “If they did I would call the police,” he said. “But they don’t.” Yousef was surprised to hear someone from Laurens was running for president.For his part, while Bowles fully understands any negative feedback he gets for his political stance and physical appearance, he isn’t trying to be a shock value candidate. The reason he dresses the way he does is because to him the people who represent the white race have been splintered into two groups– one, the group who wears a white shirt and tie and the other, him, who says “Let’s use what has worked in the last 100 years and go by that blueprint.”
“That’s why I do this,” he says. If he wore a white shirt and tie he said it would be tantamount to charlatanism. And while those who represent the white race may be split into only two groups, he says, America should have a choice when it comes to voting and he’d like to see a time when there are 15 people on the ballot and not only two or three. Which is why he’s always voted third party.
“You can win on a fluke,” he says. “If the others tear each other up so bad and people get so mad at them, the American people might just say ‘That’s it’ and ‘Let’s get this guy in, he’s not putting out negative attacks, he’s out there talking to us, he has a very simple Web site’…that’s the thing that I could win on.”
While a look at Bowles’ garb and race relations posture is reminiscent of the past, he believes the members of the NSM are actually ahead of the times. “We are considered radical, extreme and revolutionary because one day we believe it’s going to come to that situation in this country and people are going to look for something revolutionary, radical and extreme,” he says. “And there we’ll be, all set and ready to go. So we’re just a littler ahead of our times because we believe sooner or later this whole thing’s going go ‘pop’.” Before it does though, I mean, if it does even, does Bowles expect to pick up any minority votes along the way?
“You know you’d be surprised on that,” he says. “You know a lot of blacks in this country, they’re getting dissatisfied with the way things are and it’s like a marriage, and when you try so long to make something work and it doesn’t, maybe there’ll come a day when we just stop this nonsense and we get a divorce, but it won’t be a bad divorce: tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what I want and let’s just go our separate ways.”
The NSM presidential contender does not use the metaphor flippantly. A “fun-loving” father of three daughters, Bowles himself has been married and divorced.
As for the other heavyweights in the race for the 2008 White House, Bowles says he actually thinks Hillary would do an all right job. Barack Obama doesn’t make him bristle much but he believes a lot of black voters will consider him an “Uncle Tom.” John McCain scares the hell out of him because he thinks the Arizona senator is “such a war monger.” As for “that guy from New York” (former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani), he says he might have a good chance too. But even though his views are way out there, even though you won’t be seeing a man with a swastika debating Mitt Romney on “Meet The Press,” or even find his name or picture in many– if any– other papers after this, John Taylor Bowles says he’s going for it and the movement is just as alive as ever.
“We stand for some things in this country that people have been dying to have,” he says about the National Socialist Movement and his bid for the presidency. As for the word “dying,” well, historically speaking that armband does bring back some pretty heavy memories.
Commentary: The article is quite comprehensive and surprisingly neutral. Bowles' main value will be to publicize national socialism, which has a compelling economic message. Under national socialism, anybody who is willing to work will have employment available, at reasonably affordable wages. The volatility of today's casino economy will be dampened. National socialism's racial message and its assessment of the Jews deserves a full airing, also. However, the fact that Bowles' looks somewhat favorably upon Hillary Clinton is a bit scary. I don't trust Hillary as far as I can throw her. And I've heard stories about what a hellion she was in the White House - staffers ducking behind doors to get out of her way when she walked past.
The Columbia City Weekly invites readers to post comments on their site. And several readers have already done so - most notably, Mike Brooks, who operates the Historymike blog, Nicole Nichols, the co-director of Citizens Against Hate who also operates the provocative and lively Nikki's Nest blog, and American National Socialist Workers Party Commander Bill White, who also operates the Libertarian Socialist News website and its companion Overthrow88 blog.
Nicole Nichols said,
February 27th, 2007 at 10:01 PM
I have laughed so hard at this video!!! We, at Citizens Against Hate, don't have to do much of anything - they make our point for us! It's people like this that make others like Bill White and Hal Turner look almost sane.
Donald Brown said,
February 28th, 2007 at 07:20 AM
The Citizens Against hate that Nichol Nichols represents is a group that one shouldn't laugh at since they are considered domestic terrorists and frequently violate the law and others Constitutional rights.
Michael Brooks said,
February 28th, 2007 at 07:23 AM
I suspect that the candidacy of Mr. Bowles has more to do with scraping up a handful more NSM applications (plus the $20 signup fees and $10 per month dues) than being the harbinger of a political movement. BTW - I wonder if Mr. Bowles is reporting all those pockets full of cash to the FEC he claims to be receiving? I don't see any mention of this on the FEC website. Just wondering out loud...
Tom Read said,
February 28th, 2007 at 08:23 AM
I just looked at the FEC website and read Mr. Bowles reports filed. It isn't hard to find if you look and want to present the facts unbiased. I found it at this link. He is registered with the FEC and is a legitimate candidate. I guess Bill White (imposter Nazi) and the Citizens Against Hate are having trauma over this.
Michael Brooks said,
February 28th, 2007 at 12:54 PM
Yes, Bowles is listed at the FEC site. My point was that Bowles has not declared a single penny of contributions, despite his aforementioned comment that people "are handing me money and I've got to cram it in my pockets and everything..." Sounds to me like a guy with pockets crammed full of money ought to have reported something by now to the FEC, but what do I know? Maybe there are secret laws that say it's OK for a presidential candidate to scoop up big wads of cash and not report such money. I'm just a hick from Ohio - I wouldn't know much about them thar fancy campaign finance laws. :-}
Michael Brooks said,
February 28th, 2007 at 01:46 PM
My point, Tom, was that Bowles has not declared a single penny of campaign contributions to the FEC (read your links further) , despite his claim that "people are handing me money and I've got to cram it in my pockets and everything..." Maybe it's some secret campaign law that a dumb Ohio hick like me doesn't know about. :-}
Tom Read said,
February 28th, 2007 at 02:37 PM
Anybody can go to the FEC website and see each presidential candidates contributions. I go there all the time because its the publics right to know who gives what to candidates. Mr. Bowles has filed a campaign finance report there and in fact he list his last contributions for 2006 as $240.00. So, in fact, he is abiding by the law and declaring his contributions for all to see. Thats all I have to say. Even a dumb hick like me can get on a computer and see who is giving to who in elections.
Michael Brooks said,
February 28th, 2007 at 03:02 PM
Taking your word for the $240 Bowles has claimed, Tom. When I search the FEC site for committee and individual contributions, I get $0.00. Still, $240 ain't much. Maybe my idea of "pockets crammed full of cash" is different that that of John Taylor Bowles. Maybe $240 is a lot of money to a guy like Bowles. Or maybe John better start declaring all this hard, cold cash people throw at him. I can't speak for CAH or Bill White of ANSWP, but I personally find the campaign of John Taylor Bowles to be pretty funny. He makes the case better than any anti-racist ever could that WNs are - in the main - a group of ignorant, conspiracy-obsessed Neanderthals who should never be allowed to handle sharp objects or to take walks outside their respective rehabilitative/correctional institutions without supervision. :-}
Tom Read said,
February 28th, 2007 at 05:01 PM
The Bowles campaign is somewhat unique; but, when it comes down to reality he is the first Nazi to run for President in the United State's and seems to be doing good at it. I will give him credit for that. He might be good at running the government because he was a federal officer with the USDA and has been elected as a union representative, plus graduated college. No one can argue against his qualifications. He seems to be better qualified than that warmonging drunk presently in the White House. I like to see a whole lot more of presidential candidates on the ballot. Bowles even states that what prompted him to run was the lack of choices in the last presidential election. As for the anti-racists,. it's easy for them to sit back and attack someone else. Where is there wonderful presidential candidate at? Just like I thought. No where!
Bill White said,
February 28th, 2007 at 05:11 PM
Dear Editor: Of all the ridiculous stunts the National Socialist Movement has pulled since I and most of its leadership left to form the American National Socialist Workers' Party, putting up Taylor Bowles for President is one of the worst. There's nothing wrong with running for President as a fringe candidate or someone representing a minority or unpopular view. There is something wrong with telling someone you're a candidate for President when you can't even qualify for the ballot. I did not see it mentioned that Mr Bowles is a convicted felon who is ineligible to either appear on the ballot or hold office. I know Taylor Bowles, and Kevin Swift and Nick Chappell. Nick is an immature kid just out of high school; Kevin I hate to rag on because he's a bit slow. However, making Kevin Swift the "head of security" for the Bowles campaign is a bit of a joke -- last time I saw Kevin, he high tailed it and left me to fight with five anti-racists in downtown Washington, DC. (I won) The three of them are all recent arrivals in Lauren. Nominally, they moved there to take care of Bill Hoff, who recently died. In reality, all three have been put out of their homes -- Taylor by his wife, and Nick and Kevin by their mothers. Jack Howard -- with whom I have always been on good terms -- has been kind enough to give them a place to stay. None of those men are proper representatives of American National Socialism. Putting freaks and defectives from the NSM remnant forward as representatives of the white race only does white people a disservice. Bill White, Commander American National Socialist Workers' Party.