Frontier Former Editor

August 4, 2009

My word, these times are even better than taking a trip through the Museum of American History . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:24 am

which isn’t that hard since the Smithsonian Institution has turned the MoAH into a cheap marketing ploy. But if you have a teen running around the house with nothing to do but play XBox ot Wii, buy them a copy of a good. comprehensive history of 20th century America so they can better appreciate this gentleman:

Father Charles Coughlin

Father Charles Coughlin

 A man of energy and talents who makes Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, David Horowitz and Michele Malkin look positively lazy and uninspired.

While Father Coughlin didn’t raise questions about Franklin Roosevelt’s birthplace and birth documentation, he certianly foreshadowed modern ‘conservative’ views and shifts on massive government intervention in a collapsing national economy.

In a flip-flop amazingly prescient of Sarah Palin’s evolutionary position on ‘the bridge to nowhere,’ Coughlin effectively said of New Deal economic interevention policies that he was ‘for it before he was against it.’

Coughlin seemingly channeled that ‘great’ theological pragmatist Torquemada when he blamed Jews for Kristallnacht.

And lest you think that Cheney brought an unprecedented neo-fascist bent to American government, well . . . . Coughlin openly praised Hitler and Mussolini for many of their policies.

Oh, and when Limbaugh crows about the success of his radio network and legions of ‘dittoheads,’ yep, you guessed it. Coughlin’s own radio outreach makes Limbaugh’s own efforts look paltry in scope.



  1. My late and ex husband, who was old enough to remember him clearly, invoked Coughlin many times while animadverting on the subject of Limbaugh.

    Reading the Wiki piece, it seems he didn’t like anything or anybody. I know some folks like that.

    Comment by sledpress — August 4, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  2. Coughlin was one of the nastier persons I’ve ever encountered in my readings, up there with W.A. Plecker, Julius Streicher, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 4, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    • What do you think of H. L. Mencken?

      Comment by zeusiswatching — August 5, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

  3. Father Coughlin was a truly despicable man, the kind that crops up every generation or so and appeals to fears and gives himself a license to replace thinking with bigotry, and had such men their way (oftentimes they have had their way), these same men foment senseless violence and harm.

    I don’t view all populists as such men (though I’ve never trusted populists), but populism is the place these men do tend to be found.

    Comment by zeusiswatching — August 5, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  4. H.L. could swing wildly between absolutely sensible and extremely repulsive, often within the same sentence.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 5, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  5. That is my impression of Mr. Mencken. I think he took a certain pleasure from being able to publish some particularly unkind thoughts that he peppered through his works or offered as small essays.

    Comment by zeusiswatching — August 5, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

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