On Nov. 22, 1963, just as we learned President Kennedy had been murdered down in Dallas, half the kids in my high-school English class in suburban Oklahoma City stood up and cheered. A few cried.
When I tell people this now, often and understandably, they think I’m making it up. I’m not. I’ve asked fellow Army brats whose families were also stationed in Oklahoma and Texas if they had the same experience in their Southwestern schools. All of them said yes. JFK was hated by many people in that part of the country, and probably still is.
So, I’ve seen this kind of ugliness and viciousness before. Just not outside Oklahoma/Texas politics.
The Fox News crowd has gone well beyond the bounds of common decency recently, and we shouldn’t let any of these merchants of hate forget that they’ve left a permanent stain on our democracy after their disgraceful tactics and countless lies during the health-care debate.
Quoted: “The Republicans have been pure venom. Theirs was a systematic fearmongering, a nonstop bombardment of misguidings and untruths, an acid bath of panic overlaid with a fine sheen of racism and rage. This is turning out to be easily the nastiest, meanest GOP organization in ages, the house that Karl Rove built, a group shaming their own party’s once-noble legacy.
And: “Like millions, I was fairly convinced it simply could not get much worse or more acrimonious than when Dubya ran the nation into the ground, embarrassing and humiliating us planetwide a thousand times over as the rogue idiot pseudo-cowboy laughingstock war-hungry prick of the civilized world. I was wrong.”