Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Creature from the socialist lagoon

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Khrushchev promising change:
"We will bury you"

Lewis Diuguid, an alleged journalist at the Kansas City Star, scolds McCain and Palin for using the word "socialist" to describe The Anointed One. He's not, you understand, arguing Obama isn't a socialist. No, it seems that socialist is a code word for black. Apparently we are not supposed to notice — or at least mention it in public — that Obama is black.
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality.
Diuguid mentions four of those fighters for equality, including W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson. DuBois was a Communist late in his life — long after even most leftists had lost their appetite for the party — who wrote, "Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature." Paul Robeson wrote a tribute to Stalin, praising Stalin's "deep humanity," "wise understanding," and calling him “wise and good.” Both men did help advance the cause of their race, which was genuinely oppressed at the time, but their advocacy of Red tyranny is hardly anything to celebrate. And while J. Edgar should have been put out to pasture long before he acquired too much illegitimate power, Diuguid implies that there was no basis for his distrust of DuBois and Robeson, which is either ignorance or biased revisionism.

Diuguid goes on:
McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare. Shame on McCain and Palin.
How long, Lord, how long must we go on watching every word we speak for fear of some pest assuring us that we are really racists deep down and what we say doesn't mean what we say, but is some kind of occult, forbidden message? Is Diuguid his real name? A palindrome, you'll notice — could he be actually a Palin drone, cleverly planted to influence us by making us imagine that there are Obama supporters whose thinking is so warped?

Socialist = black. Up = down. Dog = cat. Diuguid = writer.

And "the communism scare"? Is that supposed to mean defending the world against Communism was just a storm in a teacup, equivalent to that "anti-Communist hysteria" phrase so beloved of collegiate leftists who think Communists were overheated liberals whose only desire was to create heaven on earth by eliminating a few stubborn reactionaries?

Listen, Mr. Diuguid: the Soviet Empire was the worst scourge in history, responsible for the death, torture, slave labor, and imprisonment of millions of innocent people, run by a paranoid schizophrenic who had people shot at random just to show who was boss, and one of whose successors told the United States "we will bury you." The Soviet Union operated a worldwide political crime syndicate that installed puppet governments in numerous states including (just to name a few in Europe) Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Bulgaria, where no dissent was tolerated. If people like you had been in charge, the United States could very well have met the same fate.

As for your "code words," go stick them where the stars don't twinkle. I'll give you a code word: Diuguid. It stands for "hate-mongering, sickbag affirmative action–hire columnist." If there is any shame here, it's yours.

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4 comments:

Sebastian said...

I believe you when you quote DuBois on Stalin, but can you please provide a source or citation? I'd love to know where to find that quote so I can use it myself.

Rick Darby said...

Sebastian,

I took the easy way, not having hours to do research, and got it from Wikipedia.

Ideally I would check several sources, and if someone can convince me that Wikipedia is wrong then I will withdraw that part of my posting. But some of the commenters on the Kansas City Star web site quoted other sources about the man's Stalinist sympathies, so I think I'm on pretty safe ground.

Rick Darby said...

Sebastian,

I went back to Wikipedia and followed up the reference. Unless someone has completely fictionalized an article he wrote in 1953 (when most of Stalin's crimes against humanity were well known), here it is from the horse's mouth:

http://www.mltranslations.org/Miscellaneous/DuBoisJVS.htm

sebastian said...

Thanks so much - I found it. Not sure about Wikipedia generally (they have a friend of mine's date of birth wrong!), but I think it's fairly accurate for dead people.