Child rearing, Nazi-style

New York Daily News -
Child rearing, Nazi-style

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

At the risk of giving them more free publicity than they should get, this page today returns to the matter of Prussian Blue, two 13-year-old Olsen Twin wanna-bes who have hooked their American pop-star dream to an Aryan star. Sieg heil.
White-supremacist darlings Lynx and Lamb (we kid you not) Gaede, from sunny and sparkly Bakersfield, Calif., have been in a media spotlight since ABC 'Primetime' featured them last month. The peak of stupidity was approached - and, thankfully, avoided - this week: Teen People magazine was rightly pressured into dumping a planned article on the duo lest it pollute its pages and the impressionable young minds of its 1.6 million readers.

Which brings us to the issue of impressionable young minds. Lynx and Lamb (wonder if the family has black sheep, too), alleged musicians who record songs in praise of Rudolf Hess and have a Web page with links to groups such as Women for Aryan Unity and a little library of Holocaust-denial publications, did not spontaneously combust into two little pyres of bigotry and stupidity. They had to be ignited. They had to be carefully taught.

Monster children are created by monster parents. Little Nazis from grownup bigots are spawned. It is, make no mistake, child abuse. These children have been battered into grotesque freaks, and they are being exploited by demented adults who deserve punishment as much as any mother or father who physically assaults a child. Only the law doesn't allow for the prosecution of those who destroy minds and souls.

Indeed, the twins' mother, April - daddy no longer appears to be in the family picture - is proud of their indoctrination. As she told ABC: 'We're white nationalists, and of course that's a part of our life, and I'm going to share that part of my life with my children.' Of course. Note, 'nationalists.' That's the polite way of saying 'racists.'

In an article written for National Vanguard, which celebrates 'white life' and labels Rosa Parks 'Red Rosa,' April Gaede offers parenting advice. For instance, she suggests that one hunt for children's books published in the 1950s or before because kids being raised in today's multicultural society can find it difficult 'to comprehend what it was like just a few decades ago, when our towns and schools were almost all White.'

It is only in the court of public opinion that Gaede can be held to account for polluting her daughters' little brains and starving them of a belief in human equality. Someday, they might well look back on her with horror. For now, she deserves a national shaming.

Witless witness

The rot of Brooklyn politics was on full display this week as ex-assemblyman and ex-Democratic boss Clarence Norman made the mistake of calling Assemblywoman Diane Gordon to testify at his trial for allegedly depositing a $5,000 campaign contribution into his personal bank account. Gordon was supposed to be the star witness who would prove Norman's innocence. She exploded in his face while raising serious questions about her own probity.

Norman, who was convicted in September of separate corruption charges, promised the jury through his lawyer that Gordon would take the stand and clear the matter up by explaining that the $5,000 check, although made out to his campaign committee, was actually reimbursement for a personal loan he had extended to Gordon for unspecified campaign expenses back in 2001.

But Gordon thought better of saying anything under oath. Despite previously saying she would never plead the Fifth because it would be 'political suicide,' the assemblywoman clammed up. And Norman's lawyer says she's demanding immunity from prosecution before she will testify. The response to her demand should be: No way, no how.

Gordon has represented East New York since 2001. In that relatively short time, she has racked up thousands of dollars in fines for failing to report campaign donations and expenditures. And it may well be she's guilty of doing exactly what Norman is being tried for - diverting a campaign contribution into a personal bank account. No wonder she doesn't want to answer questions under oath.

But there's another oath - the oath of office by which all Assembly members pledge to uphold the law. Gordon raised her right hand, and she must now explain exactly what she did, saw and heard. If Gordon can't or won't, she's unfit for public office.