Craig Cobb of Leith, N.D., is a man of whom we should take note.
He’s a white supremacist and he wants to commandeer a small community and turn it into a Nazi-like enclave.
Right now he’s working on Leith. He’s inviting fellow travellers, such as the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, to take up residence there with him and help wrest control of the town government. Since Leith has a population of only 16, all he needs is that number of new residents plus himself to vote the current council out of office.
Once he and his gang take power, there’s no telling what they might do.
Cobb apparently believes in the superiority of whites, distrusts Jews and Christians, and questions the intelligence of women.
A maniac like this might try to segregate drinking fountains, encourage religious-service malingering, and revoke female voting rights — plunging the town into darkness and disarray.
Leith council could easily thwart this evil scheme by simply disbanding and turning control over to the county.
In which case Cobb may want to look elsewhere, maybe north of the border where he also has citizenship.
One could imagine him targeting a place like Headingley, which, though more populous than Leith, also has huge potential for growth and could be vulnerable in an election year in which voter turnout is low.
As well, we mustn’t discount how the blandishments of an oily-tongued serpent like Cobb could seek to pry loose the resolve of some of the more susceptible brethren in our fold.
Not in the area of racial, religious or social diversity, of course, where Headingley residents stand tall in support of tolerance and inclusiveness. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether you’re white, coloured, Protestant, Catholic, Wicca, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, hermaphroditic, digitally truncated, or even a socialist, if you can afford a dwelling here, you’re welcome.
But when it comes to women and intelligence, well, that’s a slippery slope.
Now, those of us who are progressive and informed know perfectly well what brainy whiz-bangs our little wives are.
The trouble is that some throwback husbands out there — sequestered in their man caves, in the company of good buddies, with mugs of cold brew at hand, watching a decent NFL game on HDTV — may still harbor secret doubts about wifely IQ. Surely they constitute our soft underbelly in this looming struggle.
And who knows what other nonsense Cobb might try to foist on the weak and gullible? Some fool notion like women being inferior drivers?