Robert Kennedy had this to say about Palin’s use of the words of a man who advocated the murder of his father,
“Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that ’some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies. It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.”
In a sense, it’s all irrelevant now. The vote is tomorrow and everyone knows who will win. But I’m tired of these bizarre Rorschach Tests linking political events with key words and symbols. You would have thought Russell Crowe had dispelled that with his portrayal of John Nash.
But my point is, don’t let them do it. Every time anyone puts up a serious point, they change the subject and make it either a personal attack or a joke. Don’t let them do it. Let them know that you and everyone else knows how wrong they are. That their political opinions are a reflection of some deep-rooted personal problems and not serious thought on the matter. That these are political opinions shared by the illiterate and uneducated and by rural Whites who think Obama is an “Arab”.
They’re wrong and they need to be reminded of this.
I keep thinking back to this thread and the menace in that speech writer’s words.
Pegler of course being the man more famous for his quote regarding Bobby Kennedy that he hoped:
But there were plenty more:
[quote]“Jews”, he said, could not be the victims of persecution because persecution “connotes injustice…They are, instead, enduring retaliation, or punishment.” (D. Levitas, The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right, Macmillan, 2002, p. 71.)
He advanced the theory that American Jews of Eastern European descent were “instinctively sympathetic to Communism, however outwardly respectable they appeared.” (The New York Times, Obituary: “Free-Swinging Critic,” June 25, 1969, p. 43).
He had a habit of calling Jews “geese” because they, in his words, hiss when they talk, gulp down everything before them, and foul everything in their wake. (Diane McWhorter, “Revisiting the controversial career of Westbrook Pegler,” Slate, March 4 2004).
(…)In 1963, less than 3 months after Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” he wrote in a column, “[It is] clearly the bounden duty of all intelligent Americans to proclaim and practice bigotry.” (D. Levitas, The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right, Macmillan, 2002, p. 71)
Granted the quote used in Palin’s acceptance speech separated from it’s history appears reasonable on face value, but I can think of a dozen good homely small town quotes he could have used. The task of a speech writer is to load as much symbolism and power as they can into a speech, It really is astonishing that of all the options at Bush’s speech writer’s disposal, he opted for words from such a man. Frankly I’m amazed this story didn’t receive far greater traction.
Reminds me of that little “Irish blessing” people send via email from time to time – that thing that goes “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face…”
Does Tigerman think the Irish are feeling a commie wind? Why does he seem to think that the wind is only helping the pinkos?!?
Unlike those America-bashing naysayers in the Republican party, I think the wind blows at the backs of Americans because God is on our side.
I agree. While others on this site discuss Obama in terms only a delusional paranoid schizophrenic could understand, we have Palin speaking the EXACT words of a leading American Nazi.[/quote]
The weird thing is is that the writer is not exactly the most famous quotable-quotes guy in the planet – I mean, you really have to search it out. Which could indicate a bit about the writers’ and Pain’s reading habits – it’s one thing to quote somebody everybody knows but it’s another to go searching throught the remainder bins at the local Klan bookstore to find nuggets like that.
Pat Buchannan quoted this exact passage and attributed it to Pegler in his book Right from the Beginning (page 31). The speechwriter more than likely got it from this book.
But does it really matter? I realize that if it were Obama that uttered those words, some would have a field day with it. But this story is about as relevant as Obama’s aunt overstaying her welcome in the US.
It’s a nasty bait. The full quote from Palin’s speech:
And what about these small towns and their people? Well one of his better known pieces is The Lynching Story, in which Pegler defends the lynching of two men who kidnapped and murdered another man in California. One of his most controversial early columns
That’s pretty astonishing in the context that the man’s more famous quote is his desire to see Bobby Kennedy, a Democratic presidential candidate, assassinated.
In the words of Robert kennedy Jr, Bobby’s son:
This was a speech for a VP candidate, you don’t throw in “a writer observed” unless you know who the writer is and his background. I think the bait here is that if the Dems did pick this up there would have been no end to the cries of “conspiracy theorists.” I also think that’s why it was not addressed.
It’s use is nothing short of exquisite! And for that reason I sure as shit don’t credit Palin with this, but rather “George W’s senior speech writer” Matthew Scully, who put it together.