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JFK 1963, BHO 2013

Another liberal academic says tea-party activists hold murderous rage in their hearts, just like the evil conservatives of JFK’s time. Jose Gonzalez has the story at the College Fix:

The co-author of the new book “Dallas 1963” says Tea Party members of today are just like the radical political protestors who hated President John F. Kennedy decades ago, that there’s parallels between modern Tea Party rhetoric and the heated political climate that contributed to JFK’s assassination.

“It’s defining your political opponent as an enemy of the state, and this is the same instinct that flared up in Nazi Germany when the Nazis took over,” co-author Steven L. Davis said in an interview with The College Fix.

Davis, a curator at Texas State University, details in his book the extremism of John F. Kennedy’s opponents in Dallas in the years preceding his assassination, and takes aim at some of President Barack Obama’s conservative detractors today, comparing them to the Third Reich.

“Their opponents got elected to power through a democracy, but they began describing their opponents as enemies of the state, which sure enough they became, (and then were) executed,” Davis said. …

“(Kennedy) was seen as very threatening to people and basically the status quo, as is Obama,” Davis said. “And so people who oppose that are the ones leading those attacks.”

Davis recalled a visit to Dallas that Obama made at the start of the Tea Party movement where he was met with protestors just as Kennedy had during his presidency. According to Davis, Obama was greeted by these protestors with signs that read “traitor to America,” “Obama wanted for treason,” “Obama un-American” and “impeach Obama.”

These signs, Davis said, were the same kind Kennedy faced in his visit to Dallas.

“And every single person in that audience was white, which should tell you a little something,” Davis said about the protest against Obama.

Davis said protesters during President George W. Bush’s tenure that depicted him as Hitler were a much smaller part of his opposition than those similarly criticizing Obama now.

“What you have right now with Obama, same thing you had with JFK, is you have people who consider themselves super-patriots,” Davis said. “That’s really the distinction.”

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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