Saturday, February 08, 2014


There's a lot of information in his book Rule and Ruin that I won't get around to making a full post about so here are some tidbits I found interesting.

- After finally being elected Governor of New York State in 1942, Thomas E. Dewey said this in his inaugural address:
"There has never been a responsible government which did not have the welfare of its people at heart...Anybody who thinks that an attack on the fundamental idea of security and welfare is appealing to people generally is living in the Middle Ages." (Kabaservice, p. 8)

- J. Edgar Hoover clandestinely supplied Sen Joe McCarthy with information that provided the flimsy basis for McCarthy's rabid attacks. (Kabaservice, p. 12)

- Like many current movement conservatives, Barry Goldwater and his followers believed that a "silent majority" of Americans approved their agenda. (Kabaservice, p. 18)

- In addition to voting against cloture and the Civil Rights Act, in Conscience of a Conservative Barry Goldwater (L. Brent Bozell, Jr>) wrote that he was "not impressed by the claim that the Supreme Court's decision on school integration is the law of the land." (Kabaservice, p. 101)

- In 1963, Attorney General Bobby Kennedy tried to greatly expand the Sedition Act of 1918 in obvious violation of the 1st Amendment. (Kabaservice, p. 149)

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