In a podcast interview this weekend, government contractor, cable TV personality, and future UFO book author Lue Elizondo said that he hopes to serve in Congress in the next five years—an aspiration he has teased less explicitly in the past. Elizondo expressed a number of right-leaning political views, making it clear that his intention is to run as a Republican. Wyoming has only one representative in the House, currently Liz Cheney. Unseating the incumbent will be a tough task for a looney tune whose claim to fame is promoting leaked government “UFO” footage and speculating about interdimensional underwater space monsters. Who are we kidding? He will fit right in.
As an aspiring politician, Elizondo immediately set himself up as a promoter of right-wing counterfactuals, going off on a bizarre tangent denying that Nazis and Neo-Nazis are right-wing extremist groups, a false position popular in conservative circles:
The problem is we’re not doing the due diligence in understanding things. So, for example, people say neo-, the Nazis, white supremacy and Nazis—again, being Latino myself, they say the Nazi Party, the Neo-Nazi party, is a far-right extremist group. Is it really? Let’s look at that. Where does the word ‘Nazi’ come from? Well, it comes from the German word [for] ‘National Socialist Movement.’ Socialism is in the very title. Socialism is a left-leaning effort, not right. So, I’m not saying it’s good or bad. It’s not, either way, but let’s be specific about terminology here […].
Elizondo continued on to explain that Latinos should not feel insulted by the slur spic because it “isn’t a real word” since it originated in a non-offensive contraction of Do you speak Spanish? This is not true, incidentally. There are two disputed origins for the term: (1) a contraction of a thickly accented protestation, “No speak English,” and (2) a contraction of spaghetti, both applying to any Latin person, including Spaniard and Italians, whom WASPS frequently lumped together. (See also: dago, a contraction of Diego, but applied increasingly to Italians rather than Spaniards.) The word was understood to be offensive from its origins in 1917, a variant on the earlier offensive term spiggoty (i.e. “no speak-a”). There is little context where such words wouldn’t be considered derogatory and offensive, and it is very strange that Elizondo advises people on the receiving end of slurs to attempt to etymologize them into acceptable.
6/18/2022 03:49:08 pm
With an estimated eight million space aliens living in the U.S. (Scott Wolter's estimate), perhaps he will tap into the Alien vote to put him over the top.
6/19/2022 01:25:11 am
All that he needs to have done is to Gerrymander his congressional district to get enough voters who think the way he does. Second get Donald the Trump to endorse him. Then have the NRA fund him by promising to always vote as they tell him to vote.
6/19/2022 11:09:08 am
Legalizing the sale of Javelin missile launchers to anyone over the age of 7 could be a popular platform. School kids could then protect themselves from shooters. Problem solved in true Republican fashion.
6/19/2022 05:16:35 pm
Good Lord, help me Black Jesus! What part of "one representative" do you not understand? His "district" would be the state of Wyoming. 'Splain to me Lucy, how you gerrymander a state.
6/21/2022 07:15:40 pm
Because Wyoming only has one House seat, it’s an “at-large” seat which means that every voter in the state votes for the one seat.
6/22/2022 02:04:11 am
Very helpful, in the sense that every discussion needs to be diliuted. Thanksm Wilberforce.
6/19/2022 01:02:25 pm
Well, after she dared to oppose a delusional, egomaniacal psychopath, Liz Cheney will likely get trounced in her upcoming primary because Wyoming Republicans are somehow still caught up in the spell of the cult of personality of a deranged madman.
6/19/2022 03:46:38 pm
"It’s not, either way, but let’s be specific about terminology here"
6/20/2022 08:41:43 am
As a history teacher, Lue is misinterpreting facts. I had found him very intriguing, and have seen nearly every interview he’s done. This raised a MAJOR red flag for me. Sad…I liked Lue.
6/22/2022 01:06:46 pm
Can you please state the source of this quote?
6/22/2022 10:45:47 pm
Nazi's aren't extreme right? I guess whatever he says on anything means crap.
6/26/2022 08:23:30 pm
"Nazi" is a pejorative term and should not be used. Rudolf "Peace Mission Later Suicided in Spandau Prison" a "Nazi"? I would object to that.
3/3/2023 10:02:44 am
It seems like he's talking about labels here...how we have to be careful with labels and terminology. And why it matters.
6/29/2022 01:11:51 am
The common and current right-wing myth that Nazis were and are actual "left-wing" or Socialists is something falsely claimed and amplified by the risible Sen. Rand Paul in his book that distorts history, and Socialism. Hitler and the Nazis only incorporated the term "Socialist" because the Left was popular at the time, although fractured in Germany. Hitler had run twice and failed; finally in 1933, he ran with the term "Socialist" in the Nazi party title and won (his last election, of course). Other than nationalizing a few industries, Naziism bore no resemblance to Socialism. Hitler hated and jailed, killed actual Socialists and Communists.
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