Friday, August 15, 2008

The Michael Savage of the Fifties

Yep, more Coulter bashing, except this time I criticize Joe McCarthy and Michael Savage too. Seriously, it's hard to find old posts that are in any way relevant. Anyway, this is the last of the recycled posts.

Ann Coulter has just published a column praised Joe McCarthy. Coulter has now written two consecutive column heaping praise on McCarthy. She has said that McCarthy deserved monuments in every city, written that: "everything you think you know about McCarthy is a hegemonic lie. Liberals denounced McCarthy because they were afraid of getting caught, so they fought back like animals to hide their own collaboration with a regime as evil as the Nazis." Some conservatives have followed her lead in this matter.

Would it kill conservatives not to adulate this idiot? (McCarthy, not Coulter, though it applies either way). McCarthy was a nut. Communist infiltration was a problem-- but Joe McCarthy was not the ideal man to fight it.

An analogy for our time would be Michael Savage. Savage has some good ideas-- he is absolutely right about illegal immigration. But like McCarthy, he a) overstates the problem, and b) offers up insane smears and conspiracy theories. There is a difference between saying "illegal immigration is a problem, and saying "THESE ACLU PERVERTS ARE UNDERMINING AMERICA BY LETTING IN ILLEGALS AND TURNING OUR YOUNG MEN INTO HOMOSEXUALS!!!", which is basically Savage's typical rant. (When not ranting, Savage offers his inane moral philosophies or offers boring anecdotes about his life). Savage is a poor spokesman for conservatism-- and so was McCarthy.

Disagree? Remember that Joe McCarthy once assaulted a journalist (seriously), which should cast serious doubts on his judgement. He accused George Marshall of treason. While many of the people he outed were actually Communists, or Communist sympathizers, it is equally indisputable that many were not.

The case of Irving Peress is an example of McCarthy's incompetence and stupidity. Peress, who may have been a Communist sympathizer, was a drafted dentist who rose to the rank of major through the Doctor Draft Law. Peress was to be discharged, but McCarthy subpoenaed him anyway. General Ralph W. Zwicker immediately discharged Peress, so McCarthy subpoenaed him as well. McCarthy's vicious insults of a war hero didn't go over well.

The famous Army-McCarthy hearings finally sunk McCarthy. They were televised, and McCarthy's appeal apparently didn't apply to television. (Neither, incidentally, did Savage's). His public support plummeted, and he was censured by the Senate, protesting that it was all a Communist conspiracy all the way.

Ann Coulter and her ilk agree with this assessment. They believe that McCarthy's unpopularity all stemmed from leftist opposition of anti-Communists. That is one possibility. The other is that opposition to McCarthy was due to the fact that while he pursued worthy goals, he was an unpleasant loon.

If you believe that Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Marshall, Whittaker Chambers (who actually did bring down Communists), and Robert Taft were all amazingly and inexplicably misguided regarding McCarthy, then Coulter's premise makes sense. You have to ignore the fact that McCarthy was prone to making wild accusations, spent a ridiculous amount of time chasing a "pink dentist", and never actually caught an actual Communist infiltrator, I suppose that this hypothesis just barely works. I prefer reality.

Joe McCarthy had the right goals, but was hopelessly incompetent as to achieving them. Whittakers once observed that McCarthy was "a slugger and a rabble-rouser" who "simply knows that somebody threw a tomato and the general direction from which it came." This succinct passage perfectly sums up the McCarthy era.


At August 17, 2008 at 4:07 AM , Anonymous Throwing Stones said...

Ann Coulter has zero credibility! None at all? She's hateful, venomous and worst of all she turns against her own party only for her own publicity.
What she said about voting for Hillary before she'd vote for McCain just made her become irrelevant.
If anyone needs a reason to detest Ann Coulter, look no further than at what she said about her own father. No further than that is necessary.
Any deranged creature such as Ann Coulter should not speak of the actual moral track record of the "party of family values" is as telling of their intellectual dishonesty and utter moral bankruptcy as anything else one could care to name.
What amazes me about folks like Coulter and Limbaugh and Hannity and the other so called conservative commentators is how apparently blind they are to changes in this country. They rant on and on about what a terrible conservative McCain is, but they just dont seem to get that the hardcore conservatives have had power for almost a decade and squandered it, that gang of talking heads just don’t seem to understand that most people flat out do not care about their so called "moral principles" anymore.
It's the Coulter/Limbaugh keepers and the rest of the ditto-head kool-aide drinkers who can't figure out the country has moved on. What amazes ME about folks like Coulter and Limbaugh and Hannity and O'Reilly is that anyone listens to them. I guess it's the Imus "shock- jock" theory.
I almost feel bad for the conservatives and all the shit they have to put up with. It seems like there's some sort of concerted effort amongst the conservative mouthpieces to get Hillary Clinton elected! Could it be they're all closet democrats and their public personas are completely phony? *gasp!*
Well then all I can say to the hard core conservative right is: Dance puppets, dance.

At August 18, 2008 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you may about Ann, Rush and the rest of the Talk show people, but they are not the communists that these folks are trying to expose. Obama is...In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit." But what about Obama's secret political life? It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a "hard-core academic Marxist," which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank."

At August 19, 2008 at 1:14 PM , Anonymous Mr. Supreme said...

I am so tired of hate radio. Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, and other hate mongers offer nothing but divisive rhetoric and right wing propaganda for their own interests. Savage's ignorant and hateful rant on the subject of autism, is the last straw for me. I don't harbor the belief that he is that ignorant about autism. The man has a PhD. He is capable of reading about the subject. He decided to use children for self aggrandizement, which should not be surprising since these people believe that only they personally are important. I probably won't be joining any boycotts since I already don't do business with any of the advertisers on his show, but I do plan to stop listening to every station that carries his hate filled program, and that includes WSB. It is a matter of indifference to me if you take him off or not at this point. I am not ever listening to your station again, and will urge everyone I know to tune you out. I got fed up with Savage’s show a while back. About 5 minutes of him is all I can stand.
If his radio station is reading this: Please remove Savage from the air. The autism thing took things too far, and supposedly Savage has a degree in epidemiology which means he should understand public health and diseases. This ignorant man gives a bad name to your radio station, and the fact that he is played in Atlanta gives a negative connotations to Atlantans. Please remove him.
File this under: Big Dummies, Biggest Dumbass Award, Get Over Yourself, Huh? WTF?, Idiocy, Medical, Pain and Horror, You Can't Fix Stupid

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