It was brought to my attention that Mr. Kerodin and his one friend, (of whom I have been reasonably assured is not imaginary), have been obsessing/crushing on the Old Man and I again. It is that or trying to get more popularity through negative attention. Well, ladies and gentlemen of the jury in the court of public opinion, here it is.
See Exhibit A:
Wow. Just look at all of those adjectives. "Red Mikey is the Gold Standard for Intellectual Hypocrites?" Oh my. Sipsey in a blogger brownout? Oy vey! What to make of that? Feeling better from better regulating meds is not a miracle cure. Not wanting to jerk your readers around from being unable to have my full attention due to very temporary real world obligations is, to me, just responsible. Had he a job and a family, this would be obvious.
His comment and many like them have given me the "I have seen this all before" deja vu. It was from Mike's first public internet exposure with another former ward of the State, a Mr. Martin Lindstedt.
Exhibit B, SSI Post from May 8, 2011:
"You know, the first guy to attack me on the Internet as "'Red Mike' Vanderboegh" was Martin Lindstedt, a Missouri neo-Nazi, self-described "modern militiaman," claimed Identity "pastor" and, wait for it, convicted child molester. You ought to look up his screeds about me. They are legendary for rhetorical pus and vomit, so this is nothing new."
"Look, I am busy enough as it is. "Kerodin" will eventually self-implode -- probably as the result of over-reach*, discovery under oath in a court case or a FOIA request -- and in any case is a tertiary side-show of the main event. From the rumors, anybody could make him go away with a simple but thorough private investigator's background check, something I lack the funds to do. But when that happens, and it will happen, the deluded folks who embrace him will run from him like the amoral plague-carrier he is. However, just at the moment I have bigger fish to fry. If others want to defend me that is their business and I am grateful, but it is evident from the friends I have lost and the precious time and effort that has been wasted already that anything I do will be counterproductive."
I will give Martin the credit that at least he had broken new ground in internet trolling. At the time, no one had seen anything like that before. It really was spectacular in its vitriol, persistence, and venom. A little too over the top though. Once he was exposed and the message was ruined, he retreated into the safety of the bowels of the religious arm of the white nationalist movement and was nary publicly heard from again until he was brought up on a few charges for things I cannot even mention in polite company. Needless to say, he was not missed in the Militia Movement nor in its incarnations leading up to today's III%. Since his incarceration, Mr. Lindstedt's sphere of influence is in an absolute train wreck of a youtube channel. I really would feel embarrassed for him were it not for all of the bile he threw the Old Mans direction 20 years ago. You can say whatever you want to about that horror of a human being, at least he had the good taste to take his hat and leave when asked.
Which brings us back to Mr. Kerodin. He had tried to mirror the sentiments of the III% while using tactics and verbiage of a failed recycled christian identity/nazi platform. He got predictable results. His language was the same as Martins. but he was able to update the tactics a bit by introducing blogs and other social media as a social engineering vehicle. It worked for a time. At least in that he had outpaced his predecessor. By dominating the message, he was able to control it for a time in certain circles. That is, of course, all over now. As with all things that receive the antiseptic of light, once his tactics and intentions were made demonstrably obvious by his own actions, support for him quickly dissipated. He may try to kick the III%(c) can down the road a little longer, but he will always be a shadow of his former self. Eventually he will get the hint and, perhaps, seek real employment.
Many people have been mad at Mike for many reasons but that cannot deny that he was right about a great many things. It is not that he was born with an unusual clarity and no angels were propped on his shoulder, whispering divine insight. He got the ability to be able to smell a rat from a mile away by being at the ground level of the movement for decades. Furthermore, he was uncompromising about it even when they told him he was wrong because he knew what was at stake. He was 100% spot on with Uncle K and the guy will forever pout in his basement for it. Just like Martin to this day (hint see the comments). That clarity will be sorely missed.
Will there be others like Kerodin that come in the future to try and co-opt the movement? Oh, you bet they will come. But you will also know them now by their tactics and their works. If it does not fit into the litmus test of the catechism and the valediction, you can bet that you are being sold a bill of goods.
One final note:
Christian, we just aint that into you. Just leave it alone. Okay man?