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Progressives Took Our Booze

Rather than spoil the public’s unquenchable thirst for intoxicating drink, The Wet Parade un-whetted their appetite for Upton Sinclair. Henry Luce’s Time ridiculed the prohibitionist novel as a “sloppy tract.” The socialist scribe wasn’t just wrong; he was late. By The Wet Parade’s 1931 publication date, prohibition was a progressive cause better left in the past if progressives desired a political future.  

 

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A Fragment on “Extremism”

There is a petition in MoveOn.org calling for the arrest and prosecution of Republicans for treason or sedition.  MSNBC is ready to declare martial law against Republicans.  MSNBC and MoveOn not the most historically literate; MSNBC are the folks who identified George Wallace as a Republican a few months ago, so I expect they’ll be disappointed to learn that the Alien and Sedition Acts were repealed in 1799.

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The Threat We Face

The president, his chief operative Valerie Jarrett and his chief political strategist David Axelrod all came out of the same Communist left and the same radical new left as I did, and all have remained heart and soul a part of it. As someone who turned his back on that destructive movement, I can say with confidence that they have not. If a person belongs to an organization or is the supporter of an idea that they come to see as destructive or evil, the first thing they will want to do when they leave is to warn others against it, to warn them of the dangers it represents. If a person does not do this – that tells me that he or she hasn’t left the destructive movement or abandoned the pernicious idea but has just put another face on them. Instead of calling themselves communists or socialists they call themselves liberals and progressives. This camouflage is very old. I never once heard my parents and their party friends refer to themselves as Communists. They wereprogressives – and registered Democrats...

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