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Kerry's Stalinist Slogan By: Insight Magazine
Insightmag.com | Monday, May 24, 2004

Insiders say John Kerry has settled on "Let America Be America Again" as the motto and theme of his presidential campaign. The line comes from a Langston Hughes poem Kerry quoted at an NAACP event in Kansas. Apparently the pedantic St. Paul's and Yale graduate didn't bother to note that it was written for an International Workers Order (IWO) pamphlet called A New Song. The IWO was an officially cited affiliate of the Communist Party, and Hughes was so committed a Stalinist that he formally endorsed the Bolshevik purges.

  • Then there is Langston Hughes' poem "Goodbye Christ," written for the (Communist) Negro Worker. It starts:

    Listen Christ,
    You did alright in your day, I reckon --
    But that day's gone now.
    They ghosted you up a swell story, too.
    Called it Bible -- but it's dead now. ...
    Make way for a new guy with no religion at all --
    A real guy named
    Marx Communist Lenin Peasant Stalin Worker ME
    I said, ME! ..."

    Great choice, Kerry. Just what kind of a lunatic is this guy?

    * Setting a new record for political tastelessness on funeral occasions, the Washington Post concluded its obituary on actor Tony Randall by quoting him as having joked that he hoped President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would not attend his funeral "because everyone knows how much I hated them."
  • In a salute to America's armed forces, The Hill reports the numbers of U.S. troops deployed in 139 countries. In order, 1,166,326 are based in the United States and its territories; 167,329 are in Iraq and Kuwait; 73,012 are in Germany; 40,550 are in South Korea; 18,000 are afloat on or under the seas; 13,270 are in Italy; and 10,000 are deployed in Afghanistan. And the insider says, God bless every Jane/Jack of 'em!
  • Honored at a NAACP gala in Washington for his contributions to African-American education, Bill Cosby ticked off inner-city officials when he told the crowd that some in the black community are letting down the civil-rights pioneers. He said, "I can't even talk the way these people talk. 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is?'... You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!"
  • The showboating whine and pompous counterattack by Tim Russert when Colin Powell aide Emily Miller tried to end an overtime interview with the Secretary of State apparently was a stunt to call attention to Russert while he promoted his new book, Big Russ and Me. A few days before, when the Meet the Press host was himself tightly scheduled for interviews, a female aide to Russert loudly interrupted a WNYC radio interview. Russert owes Powell and Miller an apology.
  • Powell deputy Richard Armitage is entirely another matter. He is reported by insiders to be beside himself with glee at partisan Democratic efforts to blame Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for thuggery by guards at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Word is that he has been quietly urging leaders on any and all State Department memos likely to support his deep desire to replace Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. White House insiders say the president is furious about it.
  • White House correspondent Bill Sammon says in his new book, Misunderestimated, that the four newspapers President Bush reads every morning are the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times and USA Today. That's three on the left and one on the right, so apparently Bush doesn't call Sammon "Stretch" because he thinks the Washington Timesman stretches the truth. What he did do, however, was reveal highly classified information. The names of the newspapers read by presidents of the United States long have been among the most carefully guarded White House secrets. Shame on you, Stretch.
  • Economist John Crudele reports that the U.N. oil embargo against Saddam Hussein was defeated by shipment of oil to St. Eustatius in the Caribbean and reloading it onto U.S.-bound tankers. And now Iran is doing precisely the same.
  • The estimated tab for security and insurance on the Republican National Convention is a very uncool $75 million and rising, with Bush-haters trying to claim Central Park for their demonstration ground. No doubt they would feel most comfortable near the zoo.
  • While Mrs. Heinz-Kerry's tax returns still are being expurgated, redacted and didacted by the Kerry campaign, what has been released shows that she claims to have made only 1 percent on her $500-plus million fortune last year and to have paid just 14 percent in taxes. Such people have armies of lawyers and accountants to outfox the IRS, explained a conservative insider at the 40th anniversary dinner of the American Conservative Union, while Kerry and his buddies make sure the rest of us pay the bills for the socialism into which they have spun us.
  • According to Don Edison, an Idaho reader who apparently has Washington sources, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was so shocked by the S&M pix out of the Abu Ghraib prison that he ordered only 10 sets.
  • Oh woe; oh deepest woe! The antigun Million Mom March in Washington drew between 2,000 and 3,000 antigun lefties on Mother's Day.
  • Recommending candidates to replace Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, whose resignation he had demanded, John Kerry named only one Democrat, Sen. Carl M. Levin of Michigan, a notoriously antimilitary leftist who apparently would be Kerry's choice for Defense chief were Kerry to be elected president. Here's Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) on John Kerry: "This man wants to be the leader of the free world. Free for how long?"
  • Introducing pork-barreler Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) quipped with his dry Plains wit: "He just received federal funding for a new maternity wing on his hometown's nursing home."
  • John Kerry to Ralph Nader, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times: "Don't judge me by the people who preceded me. You may have had a disagreement with [President] Bill Clinton, or [former Vice President] Al Gore or the Democratic leadership in Congress ... but that's not me. I have fought with you on a range of issues, and you should judge me by my record in the Senate."
  • And, finally, thanks to George Will for recounting the story that religious skeptic David Hume (1711-1776) attended services every Sunday to hear the sermons of a severe Calvinist. Hume explained, philosophically: "I don't believe everything he says, but he does, and once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says."

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