|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