It was an interesting article, Denise. I think Mr. Buchannan may have misremembered few things, though. And I think you might have, as well.
I won't claim that I haven't, but then, I'll count on you to correct me.
First, no, it wasn't The Night of Shattered Glass, thank goodness. That was an hysterical over-reaction, if that's what you heard. What I saw with that some of my friends felt it was a small-scale replay of The Night of Broken Glass. You can say my friends had their facts were wrong. You can't say that my friends had their feelings wrong, any more than I could say something that outrageous about you and your friends in the Tea Party. Feelings are feelings. They are vivid, and they are real, though they may or may not be appropriate to the time and place they have shown up, and they may be overdressed or underdressed for the party they are attending.
This is after all, one of our greatest fears, isn't it, that we'll show up at the formal ball wearing underwear, or at the pool party in a tux or a party dress. (Now George, don't wear that silly party dress to the next pool party! You do remember how people were so amused when you showed up at that last one in the white Taffeta over-the shoulder number last year, and it was after Labor day! George! — You Listen when I'm talking to you!)
Emotionally it's the same. That's one of the tough things about PTSD, the emotions are so raw, and they're so out of place.
The politicians took them much more in stride. Nobody pressed charges, though I thought they really should have. It simply would have made things worse I suppose, though I don't know for sure, and I certainly didn't think so at the time. The left, near as I can tell, hasn't been trying to whip people up into a rage about this stuff; the right has. "Tiller the Baby-Killer," was what they were calling the guy on national media before they got somebody whipped up enough to shoot him in church. Then, what-his name called Rep. Hoyer, one of the most Pro-Life folks in the House "A Baby-Killer" on the air during the debates on the Insurance bill, implausibly trying to fob his comment off as being about the silly bill instead of the man himself in the statement What's-His-name, from Texas, made a day or so later, after keeping his head down hoping that he could come up with some excuse that sounded less lame than the one he actually used.
He evidently couldn't find one.
Mr. Buchannan then went out of his way to rehash the vietnam war. He also spoke of the terrible wrong done to LBJ. I happen to agree with him that it's sad that LBJ's legacy with Civil Rights was marred in memory by his actions in Vietnam. I will always treasure his leadership in civil rights and in the fight against poverty. I think he was a noble guy in a lot of ways, though not about his Vietnam policy, which hurt a lot of Americans in the long run.
Mr. Buchannan raised a lot of specters, and wasn't quite truthful about some. He confounds the difficulties in 1965 in New York, for example, with the problems in 1967, 68, and 69 across the country. He says they were the result of actions of the left. Again, this is only part truth. The actions in New York were a result of how the southerners were treating civil rights workers in the south and how indifferent the local governments seemed to be in response. I guess Mr. Buchannan counts on the public not to remember police dogs attacking civil rights workers; or if we do remember, we are apparently not supposed to mind.
And Mr. Buchannan is apparently forgetting the later disturbances were in reaction to actual events, such as the assassinations of Martin Luther King, RFK, and the invasion of Cambodia. I may be forgiven for making these assumption because I notice that while Mr. Buchannan mentions the anger of the left wing, he seems so much to have forgotten that there were actual events that set these things off that he neglects to mention them to give these events a background or framework or context that might make them understandable.
He also speaks as though he himself would have supported LBJ in 1968, when he was in fact a speachwriter for Richard Nixon and a fixture in that whitehouse. I do wish I had access to a lie detector — boy, do I have a list of yes or no questions that I'd like to ask Mr. Buchannan!