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
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.”