A parting shot
If you haven’t been reading Neiwert’s evisceration of Malkin’s newest book, you should be.
I just wanted to point out one thing that relates back to the Salon article in the previous post:
The “conservative movement” of 2005 is nothing less than the ascendancy of the old right-wing John Birch Society mentality: the paranoia, the demonization, the wild-eyed … unhingedness.
As I briefly mentioned, the “war on Christmas” has appeared in JBS paranoia:
In 1959, the recently formed John Birch Society issued an urgent alert: Christmas was under attack. In a JBS pamphlet titled “There Goes Christmas?!” a writer named Hubert Kregeloh warned, “One of the techniques now being applied by the Reds to weaken the pillar of religion in our country is the drive to take Christ out of Christmas — to denude the event of its religious meaning.” The central front in this perfidious assault was American department stores, where the “Godless UN” was scheming to replace religious decorations with internationalist celebrations of universal brotherhood.
“The UN fanatics launched their assault on Christmas in 1958, but too late to get very far before the holy day was at hand,” the pamphlet explained. “They are already busy, however, at this very moment, on efforts to poison the 1959 Christmas season with their high-pressure propaganda. What they now want to put over on the American people is simply this: Department stores throughout the country are to utilize UN symbols and emblems as Christmas decorations.”
While I’m not suggesting that this is the direct root of the current “war on Christmas” nonsense, it illustrates Dave’s point. The mentality is the same and it can lead to the same ideas. We’re pretty much there on the UN (Bolton’s comments, for instance), as well.
So then, no more blogging until next Monday, probably. Have a nice Thanksgiving.