Sarah Palin quotes leading fascist in her acceptance speech

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.”

For more on this insight into John McCain’s choice for VP of the US, check out … all-towns/

I almost miss them. :neutral:

From the wiki on that.

That’s pretty damned amazing stuff. Out these pricks go, methinks. They need some serious time wandering the desert.


We’ve had quite enough of that…look what happened to the last lot that wandered around the desert for 40 years…

You mean Chewy’s mates? Good point!



“I feel like we got a righteous wind at our backs here, but we’re going to have to work. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to fight…”

[color=#000000]Chairman Mao:[/color]

The ill wind of opportunism is falling, the righteous wind of socialism is on the rise. By the end of this year the victory of socialism will be greatly assured. Naturally there will be many struggles ahead and we must struggle hard.


Did somebody just fart in here, cos it sure as hell stinks like it?

Oh it’s Tigerman brain farting. That’s kind of cute in a completely intellectually dishonest sort of way. My but how how low a looming loss brings people.


[quote=“Huang Guang Chen”]Did somebody just fart in here, cos it sure as hell stinks like it?


He who smelt it dealt it!

Added some more colour above, but your reply just fits right in!


What are you talking about? Where is the intellectual dishonesty in my post? I simply cited two quotes… one from Obamessiah and one from Mao. Are you saying that those quotes are not accurate?

How is my post in any way low?

Get a fucking grip. :s

Wow, they both used wind as a metaphor. Pretty damning stuff. Really is quite the mind circus you have going on there. Don’t worry. It’ll be ok. You’ll see. There there little tiger, hush now.

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.

A word I see more and more in comments and blogs is ‘McDesperate’. Pretty McDesperate.

Well I maintain my faith in Tigerman despite my explosive comments earlier. He caught me. It was provacative, but a fair cop.


[quote=“Tigerman”]How is my post in any way low?

Get a fucking grip. :s[/quote]
Well, it contains no original content, and you posted it in another thread.
Not low, so much as a repetitive post-count booster.

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.


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.

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. :doh:

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.