A white supremacist buys up land in a little North Dakota town, gets an NYT article written about him.
The City Council is looking into potential ordinance or health code violations (his home has no septic tank or running water). There is a doomsday plan in place, Mr. Schock explained: If enough of Mr. Cobb’s friends move in to gain a majority that could vote out the current government, the Council would immediately dissolve the town….
“Just want to let you know I’m not going to cause any trouble,” he said to Don Hauge, 61, who rolled up in a red Chevy pickup truck to where Mr. Cobb was sitting on a bench, peering through smudged rectangular glasses that slid down the bridge of his nose. Mr. Cobb is a lanky figure, dressed neatly in a button-down shirt tucked into slender black slacks he says he bought from someone who had stolen them, and rubber sandals.
It’s a little hard to figure out what the issue is, in this, a free country. Here’s a key paragraph:
The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Bismarck Tribune revealed that the man, Paul Craig Cobb, 61, has been buying up property in this town of 24 people in an effort to transform it into a colony for white supremacists.
What constitutes a “colony”? Like-minded people converging on the same place? What makes that wrong? Isn’t that the story of America?
I’m not a fan of white supremacists, just of the freedom of thought and speech and the right to migrate and to buy property. The fact that Cobb is “wanted in Canada on charges of promoting hatred” only underscores these American values, which are also offended by looking for health code violations because you don’t like someone’s political opinions.
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