A Highly Illuminating Blast from the Past February 28, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in fun, General Catholic, history, huh?, Revolution, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy.
Wow. You might find the video below as intriguing as I did. It covers the early part of George Wallace’s 1968 election campaign as a third party candidate. Later he chose the often unfairly maligned Curtis E. LeMay for his running mate.
It’s interesting what is and isn’t discussed in the video, which I believe was produced by a friendly Alabama TV station. Segregation is never directly addressed – which of course had been a huge part of Wallace’s political past (though leftists might hear a “dog whistle” in repeated appeals to law and order) – but then neither is Vietnam. What is discussed may sound eerily familiar to you, as it did to me. Many of the same concerns that resulted in Trump’s election were being voiced by millions of Americans (Wallace got 14% of the vote and won several southern states) fifty years ago: horror at liberal overreach, grave concern over an increasingly totalitarian judiciary pushing an always leftist agenda, an increasing sense that individual liberties were being steadily curtailed. Hey, 60s people, wait till you get a load of cultural marxism/political correctness! Are any of you Wallace supporters still around?!
May dad had an AuH20 (Goldwater in that very atomic time) sticker on his car in ’64, but voted for Nixon in ’68. West Texas used to be covered in billboards demanding the impeachment of both Johnson and Earl Warren. Those early efforts were sadly unsuccessful, and now we’re much further down the line of leftist totalitarianism, being perhaps one presidential administration away from the final demise of the “American experiment.” Fortunately, that did not come to pass, at least, in 2016. But it might in 2020, if Trump cannot roll much of this leftist agenda back.
Wallace, of course, did not earn much Catholic support. Jim Crow segregationists -and he had definitely been one – had little more love for Catholics than they did for blacks. Catholics returned the sentiment, in general. It is surprising that Wallace did attract quite a bit of support outside the South, as the video makes clear. Numerous Americans were disgusted by Johnson and exceedingly concerned over what was then the still quite nascent advance of cultural marxism and leftism in our country. Whatever Wallace was, and I’m certainly no big student of him, he seemed to appeal to developing and broad-ranging concern that America had gotten badly off-track and was in danger of becoming lost. Reagan would tap into this same sentiment to great success in 1980, finally gaining wide crossover support from Catholics for a Republican nominee.
No I am not endorsing Wallace or some of his more unfortunate views in posting this. It is to me a highly revealing time capsule of an America that was, which ain’t nearly so different as we might have thought it would be from today. If you’ve got 30 or 60 minutes to invest, I think it’s worth your time. Wallace certainly did recognize some of the gravest threats this republic faced then and now, and articulated them quite well. Of course, a few years later, after being shot in 1972, he would reverse many of these opinions and become much more liberal. Nevertheless I think this has some value from both the historical perspective and from a sociological point of view, in terms of comprehending just how long and deep the same concerns that led to Trump’s media-aided emergence in 2016 have existed. I tell you what, it is almost mind-blowing to see George Wallace packing halls in, of all places, San Francisco!! – California used to be a fairly conservative state until the invasion of illegal immigrants and burned out hippy summer of love leftovers totally remade that state’s demographics.
If you want to save time I think you can get a good feel for the whole by just watching the first 10 or 15 minutes. After that it does become a bit more repetitive.
UPDATE: Wallace took some stands that most people today find appalling. His “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” seems unfathomable. Of course, he was always more a populist than a true segregationist – that portion of the Alabama white populace that elected him in ’64 wanted segregation to persist, so Wallace became that group’s champion. As desegregation became inevitable Wallace jettisoned that rhetoric quickly, and as I noted, in later life wholly repudiated those policy positions.
Having said that, LBJ, often lauded as a civil rights pioneer, is widely reported to have said, regarding the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the creation of the welfare state – “we’ll have the niggars voting for us (the democrats) for 200 years.” This was part and parcel with a racism inherent within much of the democrat party that I think, in much more subtle but possibly more destructive ways, persists to this day. Of course, virtually everyone has forgotten that all of those measures required strong Republican support to pass Congress, as the democrat party was badly split on those issues. Interesting how that works out, the democrats have always reaped the electoral rewards of these stands taken in the 60s today, to the extent that the entire Republican party, or merely to vote Republican, is considered irretrievably racist by the Black Lives Matters movement and others dedicated to the furtherance of Democrat political interests. The current Republican president is being presented as history’s biggest monster simply because he exists, not because of anything he’s actually done, which isn’t much, yet. This is the new normal for Republicans going forward. The media-government complex (those Wallace lambasted as “pseudo-intellectuals”) cannot be destroyed soon enough.
Meanwhile, democrats continue to cultivate a virtual plantation where they keep minorities voting reliably for them even as those same minorities cultural, moral, and even economic situation continues to horribly deteriorate as a deliberate result of democrat-leftist policies. Someone will write a great comic tragedy someday, some great masterpiece of literature, if such things still exist 100 years from now, covering exactly this comedy of errors. It would be unbelievably if it were not true.