While visiting the White Revolution website, I learned that the organization's chairman, Billy Roper (pictured at left), was recently interviewed by The Daily Beast. Roper's input was incorporated into an article entitled "Stopping the Next McVeigh" by James Verini, which was published on November 7th, 2009.
Verini's interest in this subject was quickened by the twin rallies mounted by the National Socialist Movement in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Minnesota during the weekend of November 7th. According to Verini, law enforcement officials are having apocalyptic visions of "Tim McVeigh II"; they believe the upsurge in visibility is more than anecdotal, as they claim that levels of agitation among extremist groups are the highest since McVeigh’s attack in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Verini contacted two individuals. The first was James Ambrose, an Idaho truck driver who founded the Idaho Citizens Constitutional Militia in 2008. The ICCM is listed in the “militia contacts” section of the website “A Well Regulated Militia", and his email is listed on ICCM’s site. Ambrose, 34 and unmarried, is a veteran of the Army, in which he served as an artillery specialist, though not in Iraq or Afghanistan. (He was stationed in Korea and Fort Bragg.) He says the ICCM now has 40 members, about half of them veterans.
But of even greater interest to the White Nationalist community is the second person contacted, Billy Roper. Although Verini characterized White Revolution’s website as "somewhat rambling and hysterical", he acknowledged that Roper is "almost unnervingly articulate in conversation". Roper also discussed his newest political creation, the Nationalist Party of America. Here's the segment on Billy Roper:
There were “two reactions among people of my political stripe,” to Obama’s election, he told me when I reached him on the phone at his home in Arkansas, which was not difficult; his number is listed on White Revolution’s website. “The first was panic. The paranoid mind-set was that we’d all be rounded up and put in a gulag. The other reaction was that this will be a wake-up call for people.” Roper situated himself in the second camp. “People are going to become increasingly disenchanted with Obama’s America.”
And that is why Roper is running for president in 2012, which he called a “last-ditch election year” for America. His Nationalist Party of America has completed its platform and is already raising money. “We don’t anticipate winning or even being a spoiler for either party,” Roper admitted, but he intends to add to the debate. He says he is especially excited about the health-care proposals. They focus on HMO reform. [Ed. Note: Those proposals are outlined on NolanChart.]
“For years, white Americans were just concerned with watching sports and drinking beer and being consumers,” Roper said. “They were like bad puppies. Obama is like the rolled up newspaper smacking their butt. And now they’re baring their teeth. We’re at the stage kind of like the original 13 colonies around 1760. We’re at that awkward stage of the revolution when it’s too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the bastards.”
But Roper observed that any violence against the president would be counterproductive. “Harming Obama would be one of the worst things that could happen to our cause,” he said. “It would lead to the entire weight and power of the government coming down on our heads.”
The Nationalist Party of America promotes genuine reform. Billy Roper wants to replace most current forms of taxation with a national sales tax of 23 percent to fund the federal government and restrict states to levying a state sales tax of no more the 5 percent. He promotes zero tolerance on illegal immigration and a reduction in legal immigration to manageable levels, with no chain migration. He supports corporal punishment for petty criminals and the death penalty for pedophiles with corroborative DNA evidence. He wants to bar homosexuals and illegal aliens from military service.
But, outside his health care reform package, the most intriguing part of the NPA platform is copyright reform. The practice of defining intellectual property using the same ground rules as real property is becoming a nuisance at the very least, and a real nightmare for some. There are endless squabbles between bloggers and media outlets over "fair use". The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been terrorizing housewives and college students with legal action for innocently downloading a few tunes. Consequently, Billy Roper wants to re-visit this whole realm of "intellectual property", proposing wholesale copyright reform, patent reform, trademark reform, abolition of the DMCA and related subsequent provisions within copyright law, and outright separation of intellect from property. No other candidate or party has the guts to address this thorny issue.
While Billy Roper is an experienced activist well-versed in the power of political persuasion, he might do well to review this recent TOQ Online interview with Dr. David Duke, who put forth 11 tips for White activists who run for elections. Of particular interest is number six, where Dr. Duke states, "Make your program true to our principles, but focused on issues that will get you votes, not cost you votes. Issues that will separate you from the crowd and give the most people strong reasons not to vote for you", and "Go with issues that have the most support among our people that are consonant with our views". Also noteworthy is number seven, where he states, "It is vital that one does not sell out our basic concepts, yet at the same time present our views in way that is appealing rather than unattractive or disingenuous. It is tightrope that you must learn to walk if you take part in the political process".
What makes Dr. Duke's advice particularly worth considering is...he actually won an election.