Sunday, October 18, 2009

Say What You Want About Glenn Beck

...but he has a point here:


Mao as one of your favorite political philosophers, even on a point as narrow as taking your own path, is just ridiculous. Now, I wouldn't go as far as to call her a Maoist because that would imply more than she states here, but it does show a serious lack of judgment.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since you are into Latin and Alpheus, Arethusa and Withywindle read your blog, here's another Classistist's take (is Classistist a word? - oh %^&$#$ who cares?):

Now We Know Why He Passed on the Dalai Lama

[Victor Davis Hanson]

I am not a big fan of saying that officials should resign for stupid remarks. But interim White House communications director Anita Dunn's praise of Mao Zedong as a "political philosopher" is so unhinged and morally repugnant, that she should hang it up, pronto.

Mao killed anywhere from 50 million to 70 million innocents in the initial cleansing of Nationalists, the scouring of the countryside, the failed Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, Tibet, and the internal Chinese gulag. Dunn's praise of a genocidal monster was no inadvertent slip: She was reading from a written text and went into great detail to give the full context of the remark. Moreover, her comments were not some student outburst from 30 years ago; they were delivered on June 5, 2009. Her praise of Mao's insight and courage in defeating the Nationalists was offered long after the full extent of Mao's mass-murdering had been well documented. Mao killed more people than any other single mass killer in the history of civilization.

So where do all these people, so intimate with our president (Dunn is the wife of his personal lawyer), come from? A right-wing attack machine could not make up such statements as those tossed off by a Dunn or a Van Jones. There seems to be neither a moral compass nor even a casual knowledge of history in this administration. And now we have the avatars of the "new politics" claiming it's okay to praise Mao's political and philosophical insight and his supposed determination ("You fight your war, and I'll fight mine") because Lee Atwater supposedly once evoked Mao too.

Ms. Dunn should simply duck out of her D.C. suburb and ask any Tibetan or Chinese immigrant in his 70s and 80s what life was really like in Mao's China.

10/17 11:25 AM

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Mrs. P

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Mao as your favorite political philosopher? I agree: totally ridiculous. Bout think about this: there are a whole hell-of-a-lot of people out there who will site Glenn Beck as their favorite political philosopher. That, in my humble opinion, is just as absurd.

A tale of two marches on Washington....

One took place in the late summer of 1963, the other in the late summer of 2009. One was promoted by a preacher from Georgia named Martin Luther King, the other by a former "shock jock" from the state of Washington named Glenn Beck. Ouch! Even mentioning the two of them in the same paragraph is somehow disconcerting.

In 1963, the the people were singing, We Shall Overcome.

Forty-six years later, the chant was, We Shall Undermine.

In 1963, a vast and varied demographic of the American people - all races and religions - descended on the nation's capitol to peaceably and nonviolently protest an injustice that was occurring in certain areas of the country to people of a certain skin pigmentation.

Forty-six years later, a Convention of Pissed-Off White People - united only by the fact that they were all habitual viewers of a single cable news channel - rolled into Washington to hurl invective at an African American president for creating a mess that he had absolutely nothing to do with creating.

In 1963, the signs people held up were optimistic: "With Liberty and Justice for All."

Forty-six years later, the signs were ominous: "We Came Unarmed - THIS TIME!"

On August 28, 1963, the hearts of people who marched on the city of Washington DC were filled with love and hope.

On September 12, 2009 they were just full of shit.

Let us boil the comparisons down to their juicy essentials, shall we? Martin Luther King had a dream. Glenn Beck has a scheme.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Anonymous said...

"Mao as your favorite political philosopher? I agree: totally ridiculous."

And:

"Bout think about this: there are a whole hell-of-a-lot of people out there who will site Glenn Beck as their favorite political philosopher. That, in my humble opinion, is just as absurd."

Most respectfully Mr. Degan, your cough,cough humble opinion is absurd.

Mao "the political philosopher" murdered at least 30 million people, maybe as much as 100 million.

To have him as your favorite political philosopher is not ridiculous - it's immoral.

Glen Beck, the guy who blends "entertainment and enlightenment" has a television audience of about 1 million people. To have him as your favorite political philosopher would be ridiculous but no one has claimed Beck -not even the 1 million in his audience- as their favorite political philosopher. You made that up to make for the sole purpose of making Ms. Dunn and Obama look more intelligent, enlightened and less radical than they are.

As VDH wrote, "There seems to be neither a moral compass nor even a casual knowledge of history in this administration."

You two options ;either educate the Administration on history or develop new tactics for destroying the conservative movement. Your old ones aren't working.

Mrs. P

 
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