Sometimes we get outside confirmation that we’re publishing the right things, and that we’re not being too hard on the scoundrels, idiots, and power-mad corruptocrats of the American Left and the Democrat Party leadership.
First some background…
In that series of think pieces, we pointed out that political parties and their fundamental beliefs and values are not fixed things. They’re always moving and, more importantly, moving in a direction. If they’re headed in a direction toward an extreme, and if they don’t arrest their trajectory in that direction, then, of course, they end up at the extreme.
None of this should be particularly controversial. But it can be. One of our followers — a certain Doug — for whom I have a good deal of affection and respect sometimes calls us out for what he views as our excessive vitriol.
However, we’re not the only ones to point these things out. Later in the same day on which we posted out series, the great Kevin D. Williamson of National Review also said pretty much the same thing (here – possible paywall), and he said it in his inimitable, rapier-sharp, Wiliamson style.
Williamson, who is one of the very best at giving credit where credit is due, even to implacable enemies of his point of view, was not in a charitable mood toward prominent leftists, and pulled no punches in his wonderful essay.
He might have been even harsher than we were. He referred us (here) to the time when Walter Duranty, the Moscow Bureau Chief for the New York Times all the way back in the 1930’s, was little more than a Soviet stooge, filling the “newspaper of record” with dispatches from Moscow that were little more than mash notes to Josif Stalin, the most prolific mass murderer (per capita) in human history.
Williamson’s essay reminds us that the American Left, and its political wing the American Democrat Party, have been afflicted with some level of madness for a very long time. However, not all the American Left. There was a time when the labor unions were not entirely dominated by far-left or Marxist wackos.
There was once a solidly anti-communist wing of the Democrat Party. That was the John F. Kennedy/Henry (Scoop) Jackson branch. However, those once pro-American Democrats have long been purged from the party, and they became what we refer to today as Reagan Republicans.
These former Democrats were older, and the new ascendant left wing party leaders recruited young, idealistic, but mostly empty-headed, mostly kids to replace the rapidly disappearing pro-American Dems. These new recruits proved delightfully malleable, and the party leadership indoctrinated them easily, keeping them in line with new fascistic tools like political correctness.
Williamson excoriates today’s Democrats, and in a pithy passage, says this:
But [Bernie] Sanders is not the only useful idiot among contemporary Democrats. There are those who have been remarkably solicitous of every left-wing dictator on the world scene from Fidel Castro to Hugo Chávez (and their legatees), who confess the creed of socialism, who believe that American power is the ailment from which the world suffers: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the dingbat Trotsky of Yorktown Heights; Ilhan Omar, the Jew-hating weirdo from Minneapolis; Rashida Tlaib, the Jew-hating weirdo from Detroit; the Jew-hating weirdo from Brooklyn [Editor’s Note: Bernie Sanders]; the millions of Democrats who support them . . . etc. [Red highlight added]
Well… “useful idiot,” “dingbat Trotsky,” Jew-hating weirdo.”
Kevin D. Williamson is one of the most incisive, intelligent, sensible, trenchant… brilliant commentators on the American scene today. He’s also one of the finest pure writers extant. If he wants to rip you a new one, then you will be well and truly aware that a new one has been ripped for you.
I guess we don’t have to worry so much about being a little rough on the Left.