Thanks to Peach Pundit for linking to my logorrhea on healthcare navigation. One of the fun things about being back in Georgia — as opposed to Florida, with its tedious palm trees, balmy beaches, and light traffic — is having an institutional memory of the political scene. I spent twenty years in downtown Atlanta.
Once, when I was new to the city, I got off work around 3 a.m. from my job on the docks of the Georgia World Congress Center. I drove past the Ponce de Leon Krispy Kreme donut shop, which looked way to scary to patronize, and went to an all-night grocery story instead. In the dairy aisle, there was this wired guy who looked like he was coming from an adult costume party: he had on what looked like a sort of mini-cape, with giant epaulets and lots of braid. He had cornered an old woman and was lecturing her on the crucial differences between Jumbo and Large eggs.
Weird, I thought, and crossed the grocery story off my list of places to go to in the middle of the night.
Some time later, I saw the egg man holding a press conference on TV. He was Atlanta Chief of Police (and future Clayton County Commissioner) Eldrin Bell.
Weird, I thought, and crossed Ponce de Leon off my list of ways to drive home from work.
Before I moved to Atlanta in 1988, the only thing I really knew about Georgia was that Jimmy Carter came from there. Or, near there. I’m sorry to say that where I came from, everything south of the Newark existed only vaguely to us. To people in Poughkeepsie, Carter’s drawl, and Miss Lillian, and Billy all seemed as exotic as The Dukes of Hazard. My parents, however, had loved the way the Carters walked to the White House on inauguration day, like ordinary people.
But sadly, there are no ordinary people in politics. This week marks the 35th anniversary of the murder/suicide of some 900 people belonging to the communist cult called Jonestown. Oh, you didn’t know it was a communist cult? Did you know a communist killed JFK? That Sirhan Sirhan, who killed RFK, was a cult hero to the American communist group, The Weather Underground?
Communism was still as common as herpes in the Seventies, something that’s very hard to explain to anyone under sixty today.
The list of politicians who helped Jim Jones create his communist third-world-hellhole-turned-murder-camp is long, weird, and disgraceful. Jonestown wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill cult — it was a racket for stealing welfare and social security benefits from the vulnerable people lured there with the help of politicians like Harvey Milk, whose culpability is conveniently forgotten by those who wish to turn Milk into a martyr because he was openly gay and murdered in office.
Current California Governor Jerry Brown, Walter Mondale and Rosalyn Carter also hobnobbed with Jones, pre-massacre, and Communist Party member Angela Davis used her position as a professor at UCLA to abet Jones in events that led up to the massacre — something the highly-esteemed Dr. Davis does not include in her definitely for-profit speeches to academic audiences today.
Note the Bill Maher poster (?) behind the dancing soon-to-be mass murderer
The taxpayers of California are currently supporting an entire academic sub-discipline dedicated to Jones: Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple, aka Jonestown apologetics, is ironically housed in the Department of Religion at San Diego State University. Read my essay about the politicians and academicians involved with Jones here:
Tonight, Cliff Kincaid will be talking about the communists and the JFK assassination on the America’s Survival Roku channel and the online site Kenney TV — watch here on Roku, or live on the internet at 9:00. And for evidence about the Soviets’ involvement in the JFK murder, here is Cliff’s article, Why the Communists Killed Kennedy, which references important work by Ion Mihai Pacepa and Humberto Fontova, two experts who are worth reading on this subject and others.
More stomach-churning Seventies nostalgia next week . . .