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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Are the Democrats Looking to Replay the Violence of the 1960s? To What End are They Again Unleashing Chaos? (Pat Buchanan)

 

 

Is the Left Playing with Fire Again?
Tuesday - February 14, 2017 at 1:35 a.m.
By Patrick J. Buchanan

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ’60s and ’70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.”

And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pandering to the hell-raisers, hoping to ride their energy to victory.

[Pat forgot to mention that it was the John Doe calling himself “Barack Obama” who revived the “tradition” of black supremacist anarchy.]

Democrats would do well to recall what happened the last time they rode the tiger of social revolution.

As the riots began in Harlem in 1964 and Watts in 1965, liberals rushed to render moral sanction and to identify with the rioters.

“In the great struggle to advance civil and human rights,” said Adlai at Colby College, “even a jail sentence is no longer a dishonor but a proud achievement. … Perhaps we are destined to see in this law-loving land people running for office … on their prison records.”

[I hadn’t realized that Stevenson was such an opportunist. I had always thought of him as primarily a bore.]

“There is no point in telling Negroes to obey the law,” said Bobby; to the Negro, “the law is the enemy.” Hubert assured us that if he had to live in a slum, “I could lead a mighty good revolt myself.”

[While as a boy and a college student, I had learned to deify Bobby Kennedy, 10-15 years ago, I concluded that he was despicable opportunist.]

Thus did liberals tie themselves and their party to what was coming. By 1967, Malcolm X had been assassinated, Stokely Carmichael with his call to “Black Power” had replaced John Lewis at SNCC, and H. Rap Brown had a new slogan: “By any means necessary.”

Came then the days-long riots of Newark and Detroit in 1967 where the 82nd Airborne was sent in. A hundred cities were burned and pillaged following the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968.

And what happened in our politics?

The Democratic coalition of FDR was shattered. Gov. George Wallace rampaged through the Democratic primaries of Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland in 1964, then ran third party and carried five Southern states in 1968.

His presidency broken by Vietnam and the riots, LBJ decided not to run again. Vice President Humphrey’s chances were ruined by the violent protests at his Chicago convention, which were broken up by the club-wielding cops of Democratic Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Race riots in the cities, student riots on campus, and that riot of radicals in Chicago helped deliver America to Richard Nixon.

Came then the huge anti-Nixon, anti-war demonstrations of the fall of 1969, the protests in the spring of 1970 after the Cambodian invasion and the Kent State killings, and the Mayday siege by thousands of anarchists to shut down D.C. in 1971.

[I wasn’t familiar with the Mayday siege. Pat Buchanan has forgotten more American history than almost all of us will ever learn.]

Again and again, Nixon rallied the Silent Majority to stand with him — and against them. Middle America did.

Hence, what did its association with protesters, radicals and Black Power militants do for the Democratic Party?

Where LBJ swept 44 states in 1964 and 61 percent of the vote, in 1968 Humphrey won 13 states and 43 percent.

In 1972, Nixon and Spiro Agnew swept 49 states, routing the champion of the countercultural left, George McGovern.

[And the DPUSA/MSM got their revenge against Nixon, for convicting the Communist spy and traitor Alger Hiss for perjury, and for twice winning the White House, by forming a criminal conspiracy in the offices of the Washington Post, and forcing Nixon to become the first President ever to resign.]

And the table had been set for California Governor Ronald Reagan, who defied campus rioters threatening him with violence thusly: “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.”

Without the riots and bombings of the ’60s and ’70s, there might have been no Nixonian New Majority and no Reagan Revolution.

Today, with the raucous protests against President Trump and his travel ban, the disruption of Congressional town meetings, the blocking of streets every time a cop is involved in a shooting with a black suspect, and the rising vitriol in our politics, it is beginning to look like the 1960s again.

There are differences. In bombings, killings, beatings, arrests, arson, injuries and destruction of property, we are nowhere near 1968.

Still, the intolerant left seems to have melded more broadly and tightly with the Democratic Party of today than half a century ago.

Where Barry Goldwater joked about sawing off the East Coast and “letting it drift out into the Atlantic,” Californians today talk of secession. And much of Middle America would be happy to see them gone.

Where Nixon was credited with the “cooling of America” in 1972 [another reason for the racist Left to hate him!], and Reagan could credibly celebrate “Morning in America” in 1984, any such “return to normalcy” appears the remotest possibility now.

As with the EU, the cracks in the USA seem far beyond hairline fractures. Many sense the country could come apart. It did once before. And could Southerners and Northerners have detested each other much more than Americans do today?

Fifty years ago, the anti-Nixon demonstrators wanted out of Vietnam and an end to the draft. [Because they wanted the Communists to conquer South Vietnam.] By 1972, they had gotten both. The long hot summers were over. The riots stopped.

But other than despising Trump and his “deplorables,” what great cause unites the left today? Even Democrats confess to not knowing Hillary Clinton’s presidential agenda.

[What great cause? A totalitarian dictatorship, using the means of white genocide. However, the genocide has transformed into an end-in-itself. ]

From those days long ago, there returns to mind the couplet from James Baldwin’s famous book, from which he took his title:

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign/ No more water, the fire next time.”

 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

“By any means necessary.”

The agitators and anarchists at Berkeley say the same thing today.

Meaning death and destruction.

Anonymous said...

"Still, the intolerant left seems to have melded more broadly and tightly with the Democratic Party of today than half a century ago."

NO reciprocity of good will from the left to the right.

1972 the Democratic convention was according to one observer about dope, sex, queers. Today, add whales, trees and blacks to the mix.

Anonymous said...

"Gov. George Wallace rampaged through the Democratic primaries of Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland in 1964, then ran third party and carried five Southern states in 1968."


Wallace actually got about 20 % of the popular vote. Even in states such as Michigan he did quite well. Whites in Michigan after the 1967 riots in Detroit wanted a white champion and none was to be found.

Anonymous said...

Like I commented previously,it's 1970 all over again.Glad Pat read my comments and made a column about it...lol.
--GR Anonymous