by John Hawkins | December 1, 2004 9:50 pm
Lefty Anne Applebaum echoes something that conservatives have been saying for a long time…
“The larger point, though, is that the “it’s-all-an-American-plot” arguments circulating in cyberspace again demonstrate something that the writer Christopher Hitchens, himself a former Trotskyite, has been talking about for a long time: At least a part of the Western left — or rather the Western far left — is now so anti-American, or so anti-Bush, that it actually prefers authoritarian or totalitarian leaders to any government that would be friendly to the United States. Many of the same people who found it hard to say anything bad about Saddam Hussein find it equally difficult to say anything nice about pro-democracy demonstrators in Ukraine. Many of the same people who would refuse to condemn a dictator who is anti-American cannot bring themselves to admire democrats who admire, or at least don’t hate, the United States.”
There are plenty of left-wingers who hate America with such fervor, such passion, that it overrides most other considerations. Don’t believe it? Look at the popularity of Noam Chomsky, a man whose entire works could be boiled down to the phrase, “America is the source of all evil in the world”. Remember the glumness on the left side of the blogosphere when our troops liberated Iraq? Have you ever noticed how many lefties can talk and write constantly about what’s wrong with George Bush, what’s wrong with Republicans, what’s wrong with America…but have almost nothing negative to say about the enemies our country?
It’s no coincidence folks. “The blame America first” crowd that Reagan talked about has only gotten larger and more powerful on the left over the years….
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