Thursday, July 08, 2010

Kill 'Em All!

The editor of the Eatonville (WA) Dispatch during the 1920s was great. Not only did he eulogize Warren Harding like one of our most incompetent presidents was Jesus Christ, but he was prone to saying other totally insane things as well.

He had an obession with Latin America for awhile. Nearly every week for about 6 months, he wrote that Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles was a Bolshevik who threatened the United States.

Then there was his take on the Bolivian uprising of 1927:

The recent armed uprising of 80,000 Indians against the ruling caste of whites in Bolivia brings out the fact that about 70 per cent of Bolivia's population are descendants of the so-called Indians who inhabited South America when the Spanish conquerors came. If the Spanish had as effectively disposed of the native population as did whites in the present United States, there would not be 70 per cent of the Bolivian population descendants of the Indians [sic] alive today to make trouble for their white masters. 

Ah, the 1920s. When newspaper editors could chastise other countries for not being racist enough!