Saturday, November 16, 2013

The American Prospect's Steven L. Davis and Bill Minutaglio: Dallas, in 1963, was a City Dominated by Rightwing Extremists That Also Hosted a Murderous Leftist Named Lee Harvey Oswald

Edwin A. Walker
Relieved of Duty General and Rightwing Activist

Steven L. Davis and Bill Minutaglio, in The American Prospect, have penned a gripping profile of Dallas, Texas' political atmosphere in 1963.

Per Davis and Minutaglio, 1963 Dallas was a cauldron of rightwing anti-Kennedy extremism that foreshadowed the vitriolic rage of anti-Obama Tea Party activists that emerged decades later.  JFK's assassin, of course, was not a rightwing extremist, but was rather a down-and-out frustrated leftist named Lee Harvey Oswald, a man who, months prior to November 22, 1963, unsuccessfully tried to gun down rightwing activist General Edwin A. Walker.

As described by Davis and Minutaglio, Kennedy entered a Dallas in 1963 that was brimming with a type of conservative animus that is now commonly found throughout  the United States. They contend that, if JFK were to cast a glance around America today, "he would see that the Dallas virus has gone national."

The article by Steven L. Davis and Bill Minutaglio in The American Prospect is linked below.

Davis and Minutaglio: Political Extremism in 1963 Dallas, Texas

"A confederacy of like-minded men had coalesced in Dallas: the anti-Catholic leader of the largest Baptist congregation in America, the far-right media magnate who published the state’s leading newspaper, the most ideologically extreme member of Congress, and the wealthiest man in the world—oilman H.L. Hunt. Together they formed the most vitriolic anti-Kennedy movement in the nation. And they began to attract others who were even more extreme to the city."
---Steven L. Davis and Bill Minutaglio, The American Prospect 

Lee Harvey Oswald
Frustrated and Murderous Leftist

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