Asshole Flies Nazi Flag to Protest Immigration Order

A couple in Ghent, Virginia was really mad about President Obama’s immigration order, wrongly believing that he didn’t have the authority to do it. So they apparently sat down and talked about how best to express their outrage over it and the best idea they could come up with was to fly a Nazi flag outside their home.

The homeowner told WVEC-TV that the flag was set up to protest President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

He declined to speak on camera without a written agreement to view the report before it aired, but the station said it does not accommodate such requests.

Another neighbor, Beth Brooker, recorded a conversation she had with a woman who helped the Ghent man remove the Nazi flag.

“You have every right to fly that flag, you do,” said Brooker in the video posted to Facebook. “But I also think you need to understand how offensive it is.”

The woman insisted the flag was simply a political expression.

“It’s offensive when one person tried to change the rule of law on his own and that’s what this states,” the woman said.

The man spoke off-camera to WTKR-TV, saying he intended to shock and offend his neighbors with the Nazi flag the same way he is offended by bumper stickers supporting the president or his policies.

“I am not a Nazi, I am half-Jewish,” said Dr. William Wheeler. “I hung the flag after watching President Obama (Thursday) night. Obama usurped his oath of office. I wanted people to be shocked, because I am offended.”

Well that’s just a brilliant analogy, isn’t it? “You put bumper stickers on your car supporting a politician I disagree with, so it’s perfectly okay for me to fly the flag of a regime responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people.” What the hell is this guy a doctor of?

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  • alanb

    What the hell is this guy a doctor of?

    Apparently he is a radiologist with a below average patient survey rating.

  • garnetstar

    The bar is so low now that all I’m thinking is “At least he didn’t go on a murder spree.”

  • comfychair

    Interesting that we’ve arrived at a point where – what, 30-40% of the public? – determines their opinion on an issue by just choosing the opposite of whatever the other guys say/do.

  • notruescott

    It’s interesting how often that “rule of law” talking point shows up.

  • bryanfeir

    Interesting that we’ve arrived at a point where – what, 30-40% of the public? – determines their opinion on an issue by just choosing the opposite of whatever the other guys say/do.

    See http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Crazification_factor on this… yeah, 30% or so is usually about right for this sort of thing.

  • Irreverend Bastard

    “But I also think you need to understand how offensive it is.”

    Offense is still taken, not given.

    Honestly, I think that this is a non-issue. Mountains and molehills, people.

  • whheydt

    Re: Irreverend Bastard @ #6…

    Well…. I suppose he could fly the Confederate flag (the real one, not the battle flag) with the Nazi flag below it, signifying the Confederacy’s victory over Nazi Germany.

    (That would be an old Naval usage…after capturing a ship from your enemy, you fly your flag above his to indicate the fact.)

  • Trebuchet

    What the hell is this guy a doctor of?

    Wingnut doctors, including Ron and Rand Paul and Ben Carson, seem to be a dime a dozen. Right up there with wingnut engineers.

  • bobcarroll

    What does he mean by saying that he’s half-Jewish. Judaism isn’t an ethnic group, it’s a religion. It seems to me that, if one of his parents were Jewish, he would know that.

  • Artor

    Bobcarroll, where did you ever get the idea that Judaism isn’t an ethnic group? My non-observing, but still Jewish friends would like to dispute that ridiculous statement.

  • jnorris

    I read a comment on another site that it was very convenient for Dr Wheeler, who is not a Nazi and is half Jewish, to have a spare Nazi flag laying about.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Judaism, from an identity standpoint, is more like citizenship. Birthright by the maternal line, naturalization procedures.

    If his mother was Jewish, he is. If his father is Jewish, nobody cares.

  • jws1

    Evidently Judaism is the only ethnicity go which one can convert. Maybe I’ll convert to being black someday…

  • Mobius

    Well, since his views on immigration are pretty much the same as Nazis, perhaps it is appropriate he flies a Nazi flag in front of his house.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Doctor of Garbology

  • lorn

    ” I wanted people to be shocked, because I am offended.”

    Somehow I doubt that anyone who knows him is shocked that he is offended. I suspect that his being offended is routine.

  • caseloweraz

    Wasn’t there an old guy in Maine who flew a Nazi flag for much the same reason?