Who’s Committing Treason?
In November 1963 a few short days before President John Kennedy visited Dallas where he would be tragically assassinated, thousands of handbills like these were distributed by supporters of the right-wing group the John Birch Society, a conservative reactionary group who were fiercely anti communist, and were for limited government.
The flyers riddled with total disregard for accuracy, truth, or coherence, accuse JFK of many wrongdoings from being “lax” on Communism, telling “fantastic LIES to the American people” to claims of his “betraying the constitution.”
In the 1960’s John Birchers, skilled at exploiting fears, and spreading misinformation under the guise of patriotism, thought the American way of life was under siege. They feared the country was turning into something foreign and frankly Un-American. Their constitutional rights they were convinced, were under siege.
Update the talking points and they sound eerily familiar today.
Dangerous Donald is at it Again
Especially in light of Dangerous Donald Trump’s latest unhinged comment.
Claiming that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the second amendment, he suggested to a group of voters that “Second Amendment people” had a way to stop Hillary appointing anti gun Supreme Court judges if she became president; a not so subtle reference to gun violence.
These comments today are not from the mouths of a fringe group but from a Republican nominee for the highest office in the land. His dangerous rhetoric intended or not, is a dog whistle heard loud and clear to some of his more extreme supporters.
This only adds fuel to the already incendiary chanting directed at Clinton to “lock her up,” “hang the bitch”and calling for her to be “tried for treason, murder and crimes against the U.S. Constitution.”
The 5,000 flyers distributed by Birchers connected to Texas-son retired Major general Edwin Walker a prominent Dallas Bircher were distributed only in Dallas which was at the time the regional capital of the far right.
The big difference between the 1960’s paranoia and today, is we have 24/7 Fox News, the internet, and Twitter so that this kind of irresponsible talk can be magnified and instantly transmitted to be played over and over again.
And it only takes one mad man to act.
What more do we need to hear to see that Mr. Trump presents a clear and present danger to the U.S.?