Wednesday, March 04, 2009

American Fascists in Their Own Words

Well, they'd be figures of fun, except for the damage done by their "inspiration." Thank God for non-profits, like the Southern Poverty Law Center, that make it their business to keep an eye on gangs like the KKK, Neo-Nazis, Christian Taliban and various self-styled "militias."

Here's Pat Buchanan from his infamous speech at the 1992 GOP convention, after the Rodney King verdict riots in LA:

When the troopers arrived, M-16s at the ready, the mob threatened and cursed, but the mob retreated. It had met the one thing that could stop it: force, rooted in justice, backed by courage.

Greater love than this hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friend. Here were 19-year-old boys ready to lay down their lives to stop a mob from molesting old people they did not even know.

And as they took back the streets of LA, block by block, so we must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country. God bless you, and God bless America.

[Molly Ivins' response: Buchanan's speech "probably sounded better in the original German."]

Pat Robertson:

The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. (1992 Iowa fundraising letter)

We're importing Hinduism into America. The whole thought of your karma, of meditation, of the fact that there's no end of life and there's this endless wheel of life, this is all Hinduism. Chanting too. Many of those chants are to Hindu Gods -- Vishnu, Hare Krishna. The origin of it is all demonic. We can't let that stuff come into America. We've got the best defense, if you will -- a good offense. (700 Club, 3/23/1995)

You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. (700 Club, 1/14/1991)

There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore. (11/1993, American Center for Law and Justice)

Father Charles Coughlin, Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan:

Must the entire world go to war for 600,000 Jews in Germany who are neither American, nor French, nor English citizens, but citizens of Germany? (1/30/1939)

On this earth you must belong to the church militant or get the hell out of it. That's the right word. You're either with me or against me. There is no middle ground in this battle between Christ and the anti-Christ. If you step out . . . you're worse than those boys who ran off to Norway, Sweden, those boys who deserted the government [during the Vietnam War]. You're deserters, rotten deserters. (6/11/1973)


Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.


Johnny Yen said...

I remember watching the Buchanan speech. By the end of it, I'm pretty sure my jaw was literally agape. I turned to my roommate and said "Oh my god-- the Democrats are going to win this election..."

What was worse was the New York Times Op-Ed piece he published a couple of days later that was even worse than the original speech.

What's sad is that Buchanan sounds like a moderate these days compared to the rest of the party.

Bubs said...

That Molly Ivins quote is one of my favorite pieces of political commentary ever. Like Johnny, I remember that Buchanan quote very well. I had just started running into hardcore rightwing types in the previous couple of years, and had just started listening to Limbaugh a year earlier...

You left out Robertson and Falwell's comments after 9/11. Those were rich.

There is a pattern, isn't there?

the walking man said...

The mind of men like everything else is constantly changing, tides are always taking out detritus and washing the beach.

With the new mindset (yes there is one) of the American public these shysters are simply doing what they can to keep their own millions in an ever shrinking desert of acceptability.

The more they rant the more they expose themselves and their now pitifully small penis.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Maybe we should have a lottery. Let these type of people organize it for their own people. I supply the rocks.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I "will" supply the rocks.

Charles Gramlich said...

The absolute blindness of such people is beyond amazing.

Ali said...

I never like Pat Robertson, he has his own agenda that is not even Christian related. check this link Erik

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nunya said...

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Lana Gramlich said...

Ironically I was just talking w/Charles last night about how difficult it is, sometimes, to be the only Anarchistic-leaning Libertarian Antitheist in the Conservative, Christian deep South. Unfortunately I think this book will just probably just upset me more.

Distributorcap said...

i love how buchanan gets treat like some sort of pundit royalty - even by Rachel Maddow - when all they have to do is listen to that '92 speech and know he is completely insane.

my (uber-left wing commie) father used to say - there is a god because he did not let pat buchanan have children.

sad thing is palin and jindal are here to carry pat's shit to the next generation