Sunday, April 29, 2007

Manifesto Joe's Great Moments in Conservative History: Chapter 1

"During the General Strike of 1926, [Winston] Churchill was reported to have suggested that machine guns be used on the striking miners. ... he controversially claimed that the Fascism of Benito Mussolini had 'rendered a service to the whole world,' showing, as it had, 'a way to combat subversive forces' — that is, he considered the regime to be a bulwark against the perceived threat of Communist revolution. At one point, Churchill went as far as to call Mussolini the 'Roman genius… the greatest lawgiver among men.'

"He became most notable for his outspoken opposition towards the granting of independence to India ... He denigrated the father of the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, as 'a half-naked fakir' who 'ought to be laid, bound hand and foot, at the gates of Delhi and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new viceroy seated on its back.'"

-- From Wikipedia's biography of Sir Winston Churchill. Just goes to show that even the best of conservatives have their Ann Coulter Prozac moments.

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