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Re: James Fulford`s St. Patrick And San Patricio: Thoughts On Immigrants Then And Now
From: An Anonymous Veteran [Email him]
Very interesting St. Patrick`s Day article—I enjoy Fulford`s writing. There were no "No Irish Need Apply..." signs—how about that!
Recently, I was ticked to hear a number of leftists, including that battleaxe from the Nation—Katrina vanden Heuvel—go on about the " myth" of protesters spitting on GIs returning from the Vietnam War.
I don`t remember why it came up, but it somehow suited their political needs of the moment.Of course, there has been a book by some lefty prof who has studied the whole thing and who has proclaimed that the poor treatment of GIs coming back from Vietnam was an urban myth. I wish I could remember why this came up. I think I first heard it when vanden Heuvel was on Morning Joe. [Vdare.com note: The book was The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam, the lefty prof was Professor Jerry Lembcke (email him)]
Well, I was not in Vietnam. But I was in the Army and I did hear about such things from guys I knew.
Last year I was in Canada, and I heard a CBC production about a Canadian who joined the USMC. As part of his narrative, he claimed he was spit on coming back to California.
I guess the leftist CBC people did not yet get the word. I do know that if it suits the Left, they will turn on a dime and change the tune complete, with a number of professors signing on. Perhaps it will be only black GIs, or Hispanic GIs, who were spat on.
James Fulford writes: Professor Lembcke`s "no spitting" thesis has been pretty thoroughly refuted by Jim Lindgren at the Volokh Conspiracy blog. (There`s a comment here by me. )It`s similar to the thesis of Professor Bellesiles—that`s former Professor Bellesiles—that there were not very many guns owned by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a historian trying, for PC reasons, to erase something that everyone knows.