Westbrook Pegler was an early to mid 20th Century journalist and writer. He is remarkable only for the fact that while being a once highly regarded journalist, in the last half of his life he emerged as a hideous bigot. In '63 during the height of the civil rights movement he proclaimed that it was the duty of every intelligent American to be a bigot against the black race. In '68 during the presidential primaries he wrote that he hoped that in some southern town RFK would have his "spoonful of brains" blown out. He called Jews "geese" because "they hiss when they talk, gulp down everything before them, and foul everything in their wake." He also was a regular contributor to the John Birch society magazine in the 60s but apparently he was too radical and anti-semetic for them so they gave him the boot. Yea, too nasty for the John Birchers who always tried to maintain some aire of mainstreamism.
So who the fuck cares about some old racist prick 20th Century writer that the world has little noted nor long remembered? Well, apparently Sarah Palin. You see, when the lunatic housewife from Alaska had her 15 minutes of celebrity at the RNC she said in her speech: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity." Well, that's a direct quote from a Westbrook Pegler article.
Nice, huh? Ms. It-Took-Me-Six-Years-And-Four-Colleges-To-Get-My-Degree has quite an interesting set of sources. I wonder who else she likes to quote.