So, who do you suppose might have penned the following:
If there must be a polemic between Democrats and Republicans, it could be conducted in a more respectable and sincere way. It could turn to an examination of ideas and facts, as is customary among conservatives, and not persevere in a system of chronic slander.
Instead, here is Clinton who takes up again in his speeches the journalistic theme of the menace of the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” as embodied in Bush and of his responsibility both for intelligence failures and international terrorism.
Could it be the cock of the walk? Could it be the divine Miss A? Well…
If you guessed Virginio Gayda, editor of the Giornale d’Italia and unofficial mouthpiece of Mussolini’s fascist regime, you’d be almost right! Here is the quote in its original form, as reported in the New York Times on March 21, 1937 (“Roosevelt Rebuked By Italian Writer”, p. 25):
If there must be a polemic between democracy and fascism, it could be conducted in a more respectable and sincere way. It could turn to an examination of ideas and facts, as is customary in Italy, and not persevere in a system of chronic slander.
Instead, here is Roosevelt who takes up again in his speeches the journalistic theme of the menace of fascism as embodied in dictatorship and of its responsibility both for armaments and world-wide uneasiness.
*sigh* It appears that sniffly, faux pleas for comity by dextro-cobnuggets have changed little in 70 years. A few months back, Dave Neiwert discussed how this form of projection can be traced back at least to the era of Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, but given that the fascist impulse is driven by fear and a pervasive sense of victimhood, it would not be surprising if this rhetoric occurred across a fairly wide swath of right-wing whining.
However, thanks are due to Signor Gayda for launching the political cartooning career of one Theodore Geisel. Here is his first cartoon, which appeared on January 30, 1941:
Here is a second cartoon featuring Gayda from November 14, 1941:
Dr. Seuss’s political cartoons appeared in the left-wing, New York newspaper PM, which also employed I. F. Stone and was the birthplace of Walt Kelly’s Pogo.
(Note: according to Wikipedia, the cartoons are apparently public domain — yay!)
Here are two other articles that appear on page 25 of the March 21, 1937 NYT:
Riech Bans Whip Handle Imports
BERLIN, March 20 (AP).—The importation of whip handles made of Manila cane and paid for in foreign exchange was banned today by an official decree, a part of the Reich’s strenuous drive to throttle imports and create a favorable trade balance. Germany’s February foreign imports, it was disclosed, totalled 11,000,000 marks more than those of January.
Countess Haugwitz Drops Study
CAIRO, Egypt, March 20, (AP).—Countess Barbara Haugwitz-Reventlow, the Woolworth heiress, abandoned her study of Arabic today in favor of her baby. She decided that her recently started pursuit of the ancient language was taking too much of the time that might be spent cooing to her 1-year-old son, Lance, heir to her $20,000,000 American fortune. Her attentions to the infant Count, however, have not removed the Countess from a full enjoyment of Cairo’s fashionable night life with her husband.
I’m not sure why whip handles per se would be important to block as imports, though it might be worth noting that the Wehrmacht did use a lot of horses. Perhaps they were degenerate,
Islamo-fascist non-Aryan whip handles. And Countess Haugwitz was obviously just inches from being an Islamo-fascist and really dodged a bullet there. See what family values can do?
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