Thursday, February 28, 2008

WWWtW-Watch: #2 - Sockin' It to Him



Dedicated to the proposition that it can happen here.

At WWWtW, no event is too trivial, or too grand, to serve as an occasion to hate. Thus it was with the passing of iconic right-winger and Ur-conservative, William F. Buckley, Jr. After posting a standard, hagiographic eulogy, WWWtW author, Maximos, just couldn’t resist embedding on the site the video clip of the infamous, but legendary, television exchange between Buckley and leftist author, Gore Vidal, in which Buckley threatens (as I hear it): “Now listen you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face, and you’ll stay plastered.” According to Maximos, Vidal had been “trolling” for that epithet, or something similar. Blame the victim, why don’t you? And, indeed, Vidal had previously referred to Buckley as a “crypto-Nazi”, a plausible characterization, given the fact that Buckley had just gotten done attacking the right of assembly on “constitutional” grounds. He did this in response to Vidal’s defense of the peaceful anti-war demonstrators who had been clubbed to the ground by Chicago cops, who had removed their badges in order not to be identified. (It was known in advance that what they were going to do to the demonstrators would be extra-legal). It was this incident, outside of the 1968 Democratic Convention, that ensured the defeat of the Democrats and put Nixon in office. While Vidal called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi”—not without some justification, given Buckley’s take on the Chicago “police riot”—he neither took the name of the Lord in vain, (like Catholic champion Buckley) nor threatened WFB with bodily harm. And it was Buckley who had introduced the concept of “Nazi” into mix by referring to the demonstrators as such.

All that said, the incident did not, and does not, reflect well on Bill Buckley, and it is telling that WWWtW finds it an appropriate item to bring up as they “honor” his memory.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I've always found that clip amusing because a) I seriously doubt that Buckley could throw much of a punch (although, unlike his modern draft-dodging Republican compatriots, he did serve in the military he supported); and b) Buckley, like most "gotta prove my manhood by pushing up on the perceived sissies" believes in the old stereotype and assumes that gay men can't fight (I can tell you they have their own gym in my city's downtown and those dudes look like they stomp my nerdy, straight ass into a mud puddle). My money would be on Vidal in a real throw-down.

Unfortunately, because of what the Fed and criminal corporate greedheads (who I contend aren't real capitalists, as real capitalists would take their economic fate like the masses, instead of usurping the national government and its regulatory and police powers in a grander, more monstrous welfare recipient relationship) we can expect to see more of the REAL crypto-Nazis, the modern Neo-con Republican Party, turn on their fellow citizens.

Since they will not be able to beat up on others internationally as readily and military due to what they've done to the national economy, and the indebtedness they've created from the very people they most seek war against in their screeds (China, Arabs, Russians), like a wife-beater they will evenutally turn on their own.

I joke about Hitlerum Ad Absurdum, but I think that, studied sociologically and psychologically, you are actually witnessing the birth of the next great (and deadly) fascist movement in the Western World among the modern Neo-Con GOP, even as they claim the title of "National Socialist" for their enemies.
---MS

Rodak said...

but I think that, studied sociologically and psychologically, you are actually witnessing the birth of the next great (and deadly) fascist movement in the Western World among the modern Neo-Con GOP, even as they claim the title of "National Socialist" for their enemies.

Well, yeah... That's precisely why I decided that it behooved me to do "WWWtW-Watch" after they banned me from their site. And I wish that you would go over there, either instead of, or in addition to, posting here, and let them know that you oppose their agenda, and why.