Political Hate - Everything Old is New Again

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  1. slurper_la

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    an excerpt from the cover story of the current issue of Vanity Fair.


    Sam Kashner on The Death of a President | vanityfair.com

    "He" below refers to William Manchester, author of the 1967 book "Death of a President" on his research trip to Texas.



    He discovered deep political enmities that had simmered at the time of the assassination, not just against the Kennedys but among the Democrats as well. Indeed, that’s what had compelled Kennedy’s trip to Dallas in the first place: John B. Connally, the conservative Democratic governor, was at war with the more liberal Democratic senator Ralph W. Yarborough. Even a formidable Texas politician like Vice President Johnson couldn’t put out the oil fire the two men had ignited. Kennedy didn’t want to lose the state in the upcoming ‘64 election, so he’d agreed to go to Dallas in an attempt to heal the rift.
    Manchester also discovered that Dallas “had become the Mecca for medicine-show evangelists … the Minutemen, the John Birch and Patrick Henry Societies, and the headquarters of [ultra-conservative oil billionaire] H. L. Hunt and his activities.”
    “In that third year of the Kennedy presidency,” Manchester wrote, “a kind of fever lay over Dallas country. Mad things happened. Huge billboards screamed, ‘Impeach Earl Warren.’ Jewish stores were smeared with crude swastikas.…Radical Right polemics were distributed in public schools; Kennedy’s name was booed in classrooms; corporate junior executives were required to attend radical seminars.” A retired major general ran the American flag upside down, deriding it as “the Democrat flag.” A wanted poster with J.F.K.’s face on it was circulated, announcing “this man is Wanted” for—among other things—“turning the sovereignty of the US over to the Communist controlled United Nations” and appointing “anti-Christians … aliens and known Communists” to federal offices. And a full-page advertisement had appeared the day of the assassination in The Dallas Morning News accusing Kennedy of making a secret deal with the Communist Party; when it was shown to the president, he was appalled. He turned to Jacqueline, who was visibly upset, and said, “Oh, you know, we’re heading into nut country today.”
    Manchester discovered that in a wealthy Dallas suburb, when told that President Kennedy had been murdered in their city, the students in a fourth-grade class burst into applause. For Manchester, who revered Kennedy, such responses, encountered throughout Dallas, were deeply offensive and would influence the book he was about to write.
     
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    Interestin despite the reek of someone trying to sell a book.
     
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    The book was published in 1967.
     
  4. D_Mylor Mentallydaft

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    a revolution.... to turn things around by will or force......
    in the 60s every one who fought , fought cause they had nothing
    now all the fighters have no reason to fight
    cause a fighter fights for what he wants
    the ones who bitch are the ones who think shit's owed to em
    for no other reason than cause they want it

    what goes around comes around... with in the revolution and in life
    it never fails, call it histry doomed to repeat i guess
    but even the people who love to bring up the past fail to notice that

    you always become what you hate... you get mr.peabody and the way back machine, head on back to the mid 70's find yourself a young Wade Rathke, obama, nancy pelosi, William Ayers..... you are gonna find a group of young, smart , progressive folks. all with a chip on their shoulder and a bit of envy in their heart for the rich fat cat shot callers dubbed simply... THE MAN... and vow to change the system from the inside 30 years later they still want a nonviolent socioty and free health care and for every one to have sandels..... but now.. you have a person who thinks they know whats best you but now they have the power to force you, andthat mansion they live in sure did grow on them fast..... a man who immitates good always falls short of his mark, but a man who imitates evil allways surpasses the example, and the new lot has been pretending to be the man so long they became the very thing they wanted to rid the world of.... funny old world huh?
     
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    One thing to add to the statement.
    "Force" does not always imply "violent". Kinda puts a whole different spin on the previous post.
     
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    MY previous post or some one else's
     
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