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The Art of Noise

Dave Randall

Posted on September 14, 2020 02:07

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A Brief History of Three Political Blowhards

Demagogue (According to Oxford Languages) -- "A political leader who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people, rather than by rational argument."

These practitioners of the dark arts, rabble-rousing, have blown their ill-winds since before the dawn of the republic. Foghorns of manipulation that found willing followers with their spew. In my estimation, the three who made the loudest noise stoked discord between 1930 and the turn of the century, the height of traditional mass media. They were, chronologically, Senator Huey Long, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Governor George Wallace.

The flamboyant Long used all the narcissist's tools -- bullying, belittling, patronizing, and promising, as first Governor, then Governor and Senator, in Louisiana ... simultaneously! A despotic consolidation of both offices made the state his fiefdom, though he ranted against the rich, and demanded, "Every man a King, where no one wears a crown," with his legislative initiatives. Dubbed "The Kingfish" by the press, Long harbored goals to chip away at Franklin Roosevelt's support in 1936, then clear the way for his shot at the White House, in 1940.

Senator Joseph McCarthy's name echoes ominously through history. With bellicosity, arrogance, and perfection of "The Big Lie," his broad accusations of communism, more often than not, ruined innocent lives. His smear tactics and derisive demeanor left an ugly legacy in the 1950s -- an era that bears his name.

Wallace was the "... racist Governor," referenced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his speech at the 1963 March on Washington. The Alabama Governor had turned to race-baiting during his second campaign for the State House and emerged victoriously. Wallace had his wife run for Governor when he was termed-out, a shrewd move that would make any would-be potentate chartreuse with envy. He kept the flame of race-hate burning, from the south through points north, raging against "communist agitators," and managing electoral votes in his 3rd party, 1968 Presidential campaign.

They were all Demagogues. All bullies, all narcissists, their disorders born of formative years that were far less than ideal. And all came to inglorious ends.

In 1935, Long was shot to death by a physician, Carl Weiss. Before expiring, he croaked, "Why did he shoot me?" We'll never know: Long's guards quickly killed Weiss.

McCarthy was revealed for who he was in 1954. First during a report by Edward R. Murrow, then, his nefariousness was displayed, live, during the six-week telecast of the Army Hearings. Shortly thereafter, he was censured by the Senate, and literally drank himself to death, succumbing to cirrhosis of the liver three years later.

Campaigning for President as a Democrat, Wallace was shot 5 times by Arthur Bremer in April 1972. He'd be paralyzed for the rest of his life. Before he died, he begged the forgiveness of America's Black population.

For all the ill-wind they blew, these three Demagogues, thankfully, never got to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No Demagogue had.

At least until now ...

Dave Randall

Posted on September 14, 2020 02:07

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