Oh boy, the National Socialist party is returning to Toledo!
OK, I'm not that thrilled about hate speech coming to town. Santa Claus, on the other hand ... wouldn't incite riots.
It's bad enough we're a shrinking metropolis. Our incumbent Democratic mayor was lost in the November election to a former Democratic ex-mayor by 24 points. Native Toledoans show up on TV as cross-dressers and, scarier still, want to marry Tom Cruise. One of us stole millions of the dollars from the state. And we have a Catholic elementary school across the street from a Hooters.
OK, so we're a weird, quirky town for a Midwest haven. Not only do I accept it, but I thrive in it and embrace the city.
But the public violence in October is far from weird. It's far from quirky. It's sad. It's extremely saddening to know that my people resort to throwing rocks through an ambulance windshield and razing a convenience store simply because they are offended by that Nazis came to town to stage a hate-filled rally. They got their wish — the rally never occurred — but as a result they turned a Toledo neighborhood into chaos and thrust our weird little city into national headlines where they don't belong.
But it seems that on hot-button issues like race and politics, America believes it should take its own rectal temperature on such issues by jamming a thermometer into us. We may be at the geographic midpoint of Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago, but we were in the crosshairs of the 2004 election when our city aired more political ads than any other market.