Just when I think I’m gaining on the bookmobile I’ve been chasing for years (thinking that I’m finally catching up on my history, in other words), along comes someone like John Hawkins who reminds me of how little I know and how much I still have to learn. He writes about 20 embarrassing moments in the history of the Party (there’s probably a list out there for Republicans as well), and I ran across some I’ve never heard of.

For instance, I’d never heard about the Palmer Raids, conducted while Democrat Woodrow Wilson was in office. Wiki helps a little with this entry:

The Palmer Raids were attempts by the United States Department of Justice to arrest and deport radical leftists, especially anarchists, from the United States. The raids and arrests occurred in November 1919 and January 1920 under the leadership of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Though more than 500 foreign citizens were deported, including a number of prominent leftist leaders, Palmer’s efforts were largely frustrated by officials at the U.S. Department of Labor who had responsibility for deportations and who objected to Palmer’s methods. The Palmer Raids occurred in the larger context of the Red Scare, the term given to fear of and reaction against political radicals in the U.S. in the years immediately following World War I.

I gather that the reason Dems are embarrassed about this is that within a generation there were in love with leftists, making their earlier concerns about leftists hypocritical in the extreme.

And then there’s the historical evidence linking eugenics in the United States to the Progressive movement in the US.

And Deroy Murdock‘s listing of Democrat atrocities committed against blacks, such as those in  Opelousas, Louisiana in 1868 who killed 300 black citizens who tried to foil an assault on a editor.

You get the idea. I’m still trying to catch up with the bookmobile. I don’t think I’m gaining ground.




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