I mentioned Gore Vidal in the post, as he was one of the Witnesses/Commentators in a documentary about Lennon that was my inspiration for posting in the first place.
(It is entirely possible that there was absolutely no cause or effect between these two posts, granted. But I am not a big believer in accidents or coincidences and the chain, or history, is what it is.)
I was stunned. Then furious. But I cooled my boots and commented simply, "good grief, ... ".
Gosh, you might say, What is there to be mad about? I mean, that video is hilarious, a laugh riot. What is funnier than watching William F. Buckley call Vidal a queer and threaten to sock him in the face so hard he will "stay plastered"? Nothing, right?
What is not so funny are the near sixty thousand US soldiers killed in Vietnam. Or the hundreds of thousands of dead Vietnamese. Or the autogenocide that happened in Cambodia after Nixon's secret bombing campaign there. Or the four dead students at Kent State who were protesting the secret bombing. Or the riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention. Or the way that the Vietnam War tore families and this nation apart and scarred us for life.
Of course, Buckley supported the Vietnam War. It fit perfectly in to his long standing Crusade Against Communism, which included writing a pro-McCarthy Red Scare book with L. Brent Bozell Jr, the father of L. Brent Bozell III, (and Buckley's nephew) who created the Media Research Center, which ostensibly fights "liberal media bias" in this country.
The friend who posted the Buckley/Vidal video is a Libertarian and a supporter of isolationist, Ron Paul. I cannot imagine that he would actually support the Vietnam War. Which means that he posted an off-topic Conservative chestnut video to score cheap political points and make Gore Vidal look bad.
But he was just joking, right?
There are some things you should not joke about.