"If history were to repeat itself," warned President
The "normalcy" of the 1920s that Roosevelt referred to was a time of peace and prosperity. The decade began with Republican President Warren G. Harding commuting the sentences of many of the people imprisoned under a sedition law during the Wilson administration, including the socialist leader Eugene V. Debs. "Normalcy" meant the end to the Palmer raids aimed at rooting out communists and other dissidents, the end of economic rationing, the cessation of domestic surveillance and the state propaganda of the
Also, "A return to normalcy" was Harding's campaign slogan in the 1920 presidential election, which he won in a landslide over Democrat James Cox and his running mate, Roosevelt.
That Roosevelt nurtured resentments against the Republicans for the drubbing he received in 1920 is no surprise. That those resentments ran deep enough for him to smear Republicans in 1944 with the "spirit of fascism" at the very moment we were fighting the real thing in Europe is nothing short of disgusting.
But it was effective.
Harry Truman recognized that when he ran for president against the liberal Republican Thomas Dewey in 1948. Truman charged that Dewey was the front man for the same sort of "powerful reactionary forces" that orchestrated the rise of Hitler in Germany.
When a communist assassinated
Such partisanship is hardly reserved for partisans. The late Daniel Schorr, then of
Schorr spent his golden years at
How so? Well, because April's when the Oklahoma City bombing took place, as well as the Waco siege, the Columbine shootings and, how could one forget, Adolf Hitler's birthday.
Over the last few years, the invariably unjustified rush to pin violence on the "right wing" — particularly the tea parties — has reached the point of parody. Remember when New York
As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein recently noted, among the myriad reasons conservatives take offense at this idiotic knee-jerk slander is that the term "right wing" is also routinely used to describe mainstream Republicans such as
Every Muslim terrorist enjoys not just the presumption of innocence until proven guilty but the presumption that he's a fan of Ayn Rand.
Ah, but some would respond that "right wing" is different than "Muslim" because there's so much similarity between mainstream conservative ideology and the terror-filled creeds of the far right.
Except there isn't.
In plenty of cases of multiple killings, from the Unabomber to Christopher Dorner, the perpetrators espoused views closer to the mainstream left's than McVeigh had to the mainstream right.
And, recall that Secretary of State
And you know what? Maybe it is.
But if that is outrageous, what do you call the paranoid style of liberal politics that has confused normalcy for fascism for more than half a century?