Category: History

Everyone loves a parade

 

Dear editor,

George Bernard Shaw is credited with this bit of wisdom:  “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you.”  John Naisbitt, American author and speaker, was perhaps following that sage advice when he wrote “leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”

If you’re looking for a parade to get out in front of, there’s a ridiculous one right under your noses.  Day after day, and … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/01/16/everyone-loves-a-parade/

The triumph of fundamentalism

The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah

By Michael David Lukas, Dec. 1, 2018

 

It’s the question that Jewish parents instinctively dread.

A few months ago, I was sitting on the couch with my 3-year-old daughter, watching YouTube videos about animals in space, when out of nowhere she looked up at me and asked:

“Dada, can we celebrate Christmas?”

“We don’t celebrate Christmas,” I told her, putting on my serious voice. “We celebrate Hanukkah.”

Like generations of Jewish parents before me, I … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/12/08/the-triumph-of-fundamentalism/

Old grievances

Pastors, Not Politicians, Turned Dixie Republican

By Chris Ladd, Mar 27, 2017, 09:16am

 

“White Democrats will desert their party in droves the minute it becomes a black party.”

Kevin Phillips, The Emerging Republican Majority, 1969

Thirty years ago, archconservative Rick Perry was a Democrat and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Back then there were a few Republican Congressmen and Senators from Southern states, but state and local politics in the South was still dominated by … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/12/08/old-grievances/

This and that

Dear editor:

As I write this, the dust of Tuesday’s election has not yet settled.  Either our nation’s lurch towards full-blown fascism continues unabated, replete with swastikas and flag-waving, cross-burning white supremacy, and out-in-the-open Christianist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry.  Or perhaps – and hope springs eternal – reasonable voters have turned out in numbers that shout “our rights shall not be denied!”

My friend Mike Nunn is fond of reminding us we live in strange times.  Indeed we do.  Ever vigilant … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/11/05/this-and-that/

Circular No. 3591

Dear editor,

 

Time for another letter of random (or not) non-sequiturs…

Like most Americans, you probably think slavery ended with the Civil War.  Fact is, especially here in the South, freed slaves often found themselves subjected to conditions of forced labor little different from slavery.  Real emancipation didn’t begin to happen until FDR’s Attorney General announced Circular No. 3591 on December 12, 1941.

Imagine, only five days after Pearl Harbor, an AG was taking care “of the least of … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/08/12/circular-no-3591/

Which 9-11?

Dear editor,

One final observation, one final broadside against our balmy Benghazi! bellowers…  It is exceedingly curious that they fixate their wrath only upon the 9-11 of 2012, when four white Americans died in the violent anarchy of a civil war that we actively participated in.  No matter that it also killed tens of thousands of Libyans.  Libyans were neither white nor Christian.  To navel-gazing Americans, their deaths were inconsequential.

Curious that the 9-11 of 2001 is barely mentioned any … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/07/22/which-9-11/

Puppet-theater Burlesque

Dear editor:

On September 11, 2012, four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya. Ever since, their fog-of-war deaths have been fodder for a macabre, puppet-theater burlesque of right-wing propaganda. Contrarians may wax poetic with fanciful exaggerations, but the dead did not “come home in wooden boxes.” As it has been for decades, their remains were respectfully returned to Dover Air Force Base in flag-draped metal containers.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were there when the plane landed. Here is … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/07/04/puppet-theater-burlesque/