The “nut country” reference was my lead in a Nov. 22, 2011 post. It’s still timely, so I’m reprinting it below, followed by additional information about an extraordinary book on the Kennedy assassination by a former UH professor (and old friend), Jim Douglass.
First, “nut country” redux.
JFK: “We’re really in ‘nut county’ now.”
July 27th, 2011 ·
You can say that again.
“I shouldn’t read the obituaries,” wrote friend and Former Neighbor Bob, as he pointed me to a recent New York Times obit (“Warren Leslie Dies at 84; Wrote Book That Rankled Dallas“).
Warren was a former reporter who wrote his book following the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
Bob noted today’s political context:
Tea Party takes on Boehner
” . . .GOP backers of the plan will be targeted at the polls. . .”
Then, quoting from the obituary:
“It is an extraordinary thing when an American city does not trust itself to receive the president of the United States in dignity,” Mr. Leslie wrote. “Dallas did not so trust itself — and with reason.”
The reason, he posited, was the stridency and dominance of right-wing politics bolstered by the city’s insular business elite. “Almost without exception, these are people who feel that their greatest enemy is not the Soviet Union or Communist China, but the government of the United States,” Mr. Leslie wrote.
“They feel their worst enemies are other Americans who disagree with them. They are not equipped to deal with contradictory evidence; when it appears, they boo it and hiss it to make it go away.”
The Kennedy quote in the title to this post came from a book by Ted Sorenson, also quoted in the obit.
So the sickness of Dallas and Texas has now been spread to hot spots across the country, and embraced by another generation of Republicans.
Read this obit. It’s quite a relevant bit of political history.
In any case, like many others of my generation, I remember that morning of November 22, 1963, as if it were last week. It probably did change my life, as it did many others.
And I still think a book by former UH religion professor, Jim Douglass, provides one of the most thorough and thought provoking overviews of the assassination and, more importantly, its political context.
“JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters,” is long, detailed, but very readable. Here’s a review I found useful. And there’s even a group preparing a graphic adaptation.