If Jim Russell builds a time machine, goes back to 1950, then moves to Alabama, he might be a viable candidate for Congress. Unfortunately, Russell, a former computer programmer for AT&T, is running in 2010 for Congress as the Republican nominee in New York’s 18th congressional district, currently held by Democrat Nita Lowey. And we’re guessing that people in the 18th, which contains parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties, probably aren’t going to appreciate an essay Russell penned in 2001 for a publication called Occidental Quarterly, which Politico’s Maggie Haberman unearthed today.
Some of the best (worst) parts of the essay include Russell:
• Uncritically quoting T.S. Eliot’s opinion that an optimal society would not include a large number of “free-thinking Jews.”
• Calling for “eugenic measures in the West.”
• Telling parents that they “have a natural obligation, as essential as providing food and shelter, to instill in their children an acceptance of appropriate ethnic boundaries for socialization and for marriage.”
• Claiming that “miscegenationist titles” like Save the Last Dance, Crazy/Beautiful, and O are “deliberately designed to exploit the critical period of sexual imprinting in their target audiences of white pre-adolescent girls and adolescent young women.”
Kind of puts “dabbling in witchcraft” into perspective, doesn’t it?