Campaign Follies

I shared with my intimates lately the fact that the campaign of 2016 looks to me a lot like that of 1964.

Back then LBJ tarred Goldwater as a warmonger, all the while planning, as soon as the election was over, to escalate the invasion of Vietnam.

The intellectual elites pitched in, as they always do.  A well-received book abjured as to how Goldwater’s politics were “paranoid,” since, in place of asking everyone to share in the federal trough, he wanted to talk about national interests, those that rose above sectional or group ones.

This year we have the anti-Semitic charge, where whenever Donald Trump inveighs against the “globalist elite,” Clinton supporters inform us he’s attacking Jewish people.  The Counterpunch website recently called out this brand of slander, and, interestingly enough, was then praised for it by Trump-supporting far Rightist Steve Sailer.

I don’t imagine this exposure of dirty pool by the Clinton camp will have any more effect on the election than charges of deception by the Democrats had in 1964.  It is not yet “mainstream” to question spurious charges of anti-Semitism.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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