I’ve Been Waiting For Coturnix To Say This

I had always hoped that my take on the Reign of Little Lord Pontchartrain was overblown. But even I have never thought it could lead to civil war. coturnix writes:

Many of my friends and neighbors have not experienced, like I did in Yugoslavia of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the gradual transformation from a nice, sweet, proseprous, freedom-loving country into a bunch of thugs duking it out over land and religion. Tito was dead for ten years. Prime Minister was Ante Markovic. Thousands of small businesses were starting up every week. Small people were getting rich. There was ebullience in the air.
Then, in a manner eerily reminiscent of BuchCo, thugs like Milosevic, Tudjman and Izetbegovic hijacked the government and started a civil war, ending with a break up of one big strong country into six small, economically weak and dependent units.
But that was a small country. Who is going to stop the USA? If you leave for Australia, Europe or Canada, you will just feel the effects a litle later than if you stay.
Glenn is optimistic.
He may be right, if we act right now. If not, within three years, I predict that Americans will be fighting Americans on American soil. Just a hunch. An eerie feeling of deja vu from someone who has seen the same signs fifteen years ago.

Freedom and liberty are such fragile things. And as Sinclair Lewis once wrote:

When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

Prayer for Peace
Or if you prefer:
BS-Bush noble warrior
My fear is that the authoritarian Right will go too far, and then someone (not necessarily from the Left) will do something stupid. Then all of the power-hungry sociopaths will jump in and pile on. And coturnix will have been right.

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5 Responses to I’ve Been Waiting For Coturnix To Say This

  1. Rob Knop says:

    My fear is that the authoritarian Right will go too far

  2. HP says:

    someone (not necessarily from the Left) will do something stupid
    My fear is that the stupid person will be me.

  3. JohnJB says:

    When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
    Does anyone have a citation for that?
    I’d like to use it but don’t like to use quotations without attribution, given the many well-known apocryphal ones that get tossed about.

  4. Afraid not, I haven’t yet found a reference for it.
    A similar quote has been attributed to Huey Long, who is largely believed to be the inspiration for the fascist president in Sinclair’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here”. While the book (Available free and legally here) never actually uses that line, it is a predominant theme.

  5. Just a key portion of “It Can’t Happen Here”. For reference “Windrip” is the man running for president in the novel.

    “Nonsense! Nonsense!” snorted Tasbrough. “That couldn’t happen here in America, not possibly! We’re a country of freemen.”
    “The answer to that,” suggested Doremus Jessup, “if Mr. Falck will forgive me, is ‘the hell it can’t!’ Why, there’s no country in the world that can get more hysterical–yes, or more obsequious!–than America. Look how Huey Long became absolute monarch over Louisiana, and how the Right Honorable Mr. Senator Berzelius Windrip owns his State. Listen to Bishop Prang and Father Coughlin on the radio–divine oracles, to millions. Remember how casually most Americans have accepted Tammany grafting and Chicago gangs and the crookedness of so many of President Harding’s appointees? Could Hitler’s bunch, or Windrip’s, be worse? Remember the Kuklux Klan? Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut ‘Liberty cabbage’ and somebody actually proposed calling German measles ‘Liberty measles’? And wartime censorship of honest papers?

    Read the whole thing. That entire section is eerily prescient, even to this prime puice of y0 year old lunacy:

    Remember when the hick legislators in certain states, in obedience to William Jennings Bryan, who learned his biology from his pious old grandma, set up shop as scientific experts and made the whole world laugh itself sick by forbidding the teaching of evolution?

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