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    The Last Time Right-Wing Hatred Ran Wild Like This a President Was killed
    Posted by Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America at 8:47 AM on September 18, 2009.

    That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course.

    I've been thinking a lot of Kennedy and Dallas as I've watched the increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on Obama be unfurled. As Americans yank their kids of class in order to save them from being exposed to the President of the United States who only wanted to urge them to excel in the classroom. And as unvarnished hate and name-calling passed for health care 'debate' this summer.

    The radical right, aided by a GOP Noise Machine that positively dwarfs what existed in 1963, has turned demonizing Obama--making him into a vile object of disgust--into a crusade. It's a demented national jihad, the likes of which this country has not seen in modern times.

    But I've been thinking about Dallas in 1963 because I've been recalling the history and how that city stood as an outpost for the radical right, which never tried to hide its contempt for the New England Democrat.

    Now, in this this month's Vanity Fair, Sam Kashner offers up in rich detail the hatred that ran wild in Dallas in 1963. To me, the similarity between Dallas in 1963 and today's unhinged Obama hate is downright chilling.

    Kashner's fascinating cover story actually chronicles the professional struggles of writer William Manchester who was tapped by the Kennedy family, after the president's assassination, to write the definitive book about the shooting. The Vanity Fair articles details the power struggles, and epic lawsuits, that ensued prior to Manchester's publication.

    But this unnerving passage from VF caught my eye. In it, Kashner retraces Manchester's step as he researched his book. It's unsettling because if you insert "Obama" for every "Kennedy" reference, it reads like 2009:

    "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."

    Today, conservatives are expressing outrage that Rep. Nancy Pelosi had the nerve to raise concerns about the onrush of violent political rhetoric. The Noise Machine claims it has no idea what Pelosi's talking about. But the truth is, America's most famous bouts of political violence (i.e. JFK, Oklahoma City, etc.) have always been accompanied by waves of radical, right-wing rhetoric. Given that history, the GOP's insistence that the hate now filling the streets couldn't possibly inspire violence seems woefully naive.

    It is time for Americans of every stripe to insist that the Secret Service and FBI operate at the highest levels of effectiveness. Sign your name to this petition so that Napolitano, secretary of homeland security, hears the message loud and clear. And please pass this message on to your friends and colleagues. It is a difficult time in America, and we have to stand up and make sure our president is safe.
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    Pelosi is a drama queen.
    He will be fine. He is very well protected. People are getting so whacked out over all this.
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    uh because it IS whacked out
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    Interesting that he goes through the entire article without once mentioning Lee Harvey Oswald, who wasn't a right winger- he was a self professed marxist from the age of 15, and had attempted to kill major right wing figure General Edwin Walker a few months earlier. My guess is Boehlert takes the Oliver Stone movie for truth. Many of us believe there was a conspiracy and still know that Stone's film is full of bullshit. Anyone that thinks JFK was killed by the right wing for being a peace loving pacifist is misinformed. He most certainly was not a pacifist. He was closer to a hawk than a dove.

    And Pelosi is an ass for equating the Moscone/Milk killings to political upheaval. That had absolutely nothing to do with it. The killer was a Democrat, the same as the men he killed, and his motivation wasn't political. He was unstable, and killed them over anger about not being able to get his job on the Board of Supervisiors back.

    I think people need to calm down. The hysteria is getting out of control now.



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    I agree.
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    I dunno, there have already been shootings at museums and at homes because people are scared of Obama takin away their gunzzzz. People have already started dying.
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    Right... cause it was the entire STATE of Texas that killed Kennedy. Last I checked, it was Oswald - who was not a right-winger.

    Stories like this make me hate democrats more than I hate the republicans. Just because someone disagrees with the policies does not make them a 'nut'. It does not mean they are going to kill anyone. Stop being buffoons with this nonsense.

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    um again.. people have already started dying, and they were right wing nuts
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    Yes, there will always be crazies with guns in the US. We've had mass shootings in this country under numerous presidents. The nutter at the Holocaust museum is a good example- a man with a violent and virulently anti-Semitic past. He was 89 and probably suffering some type of dementia. It wasn't about Obama.

    I'm starting to think that in some strange way there are some sick people who almost want an attempt to be made on Obama, so they can have a martyr, or work it into their own twisted thoughts on Lincoln and JFK, or even RFK (another one not killed by a right winger).



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    "A security guard was shot to death after an elderly man said to have ties to white supremacist groups walked into the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and opened fire, officials say.

    The suspect, von Brunn, has described himself as a victim of a court system controlled by Jews and blacks."
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    Yes, I know he was an anti semite and racist. He had a long history of that type behavior, reaching back years. That doesn't mean it was about Obama.



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    yeah, had nothing to do with it at all.. ya know.. black guy in the presidency and whatnot...not any kind of trigger at all..
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    granted, but 89 and alzhiemers could be a trigger too. the US has a long and sad history of mass killings, long before Obama came on the scene.



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    you think he would have forgotten why he was at a holocaust museum with a gun..
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    Im not stressin over it. I believe he will be fine
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