Esquire: The Right Hates Obama Like Dallas Hated JFK

Dallas will never be able to completely escape blame for killing JFK. There's simply too much documentation of how reactionary hate-mongering gripped the city.

Esquire's Charlie Pierce dredged up one of those documents yesterday, a leaflet distributed in the streets of Dallas on the day of the assassination. Except that Pierce presents it not as an anti-Kennedy screed but as a "handbill distributed at a major American city in advance of the arrival of the president."

See also: JFK 50th Anniversary Will Be Hell in a Handbasket. Goody.

Stripping away all the period-specific references (the Berlin Wall, communist registration laws, etc.), he goes through the flier point by point, offering asides like "Contrary to what you might think, this was not Rep. Michelle Bachmann, talking about the UN plot to take away all our guns" and "Contrary to what you might think, this is not Rick Perry, bloviating on the 10th Amendment."

By the time he gets around to mentioning that it was handed out in Dallas on November 22, 1963, his point is clear. Just in case it's not, he adds this:

"Too many people out there lighting too many fuses. Just sayin."

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Eric Nicholson
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