For all of our mega bookstores, we Americans do not study or learn from history. Time after time we let ourselves be yanked about by hateful and ignorant demagogues.
Since so many of us in the home of the brave are driven by ignorance, hatred and blind fear instead of intelligence, magnanimity and courage, gutter snipes like Joseph McCarthy, Rush Limbaugh, and Father Charles Coughlin can jerk us about by the rings inserted in our nostrils.
Coughlin, an errant Roman Catholic priest, was the progenitor of the radio demagogues, spewing forth vitriol and hatred to his adoring millions in the 1920s to the 1940s in America.
In tough economic times — or not — unscrupulous media executives and advertisers can literally bank on “incendiary” and “ugly” pundits shoveling in profits — the wrong kind of prophets — while little regarding the legacy it sows in American soils.
We call mammon “capitalism” and put it on high. We get the blissful ignorance we deserve.
Michael Steele saw the truth and spoke it by calling Rush Limbaugh’s message “incendiary” and “ugly.” He then changed his tack and said the emperor was fully clothed.
When will we ever learn?