magnificent expose by Ann Coulter of Leftist complicity in the betrayal of
America, has drawn a variety of negative reactions. David Horowitz made a
thoughtful, if flawed, argument against the premise that anti-communism was
overwhelmingly the work of conservative Republicans. Bill O’Reilly
has resisted the rehabilitation of Joe McCarthy because of an honest ignorance
of the details of history.
Chris Matthews, a Leftist in sheep’s clothing, repeatedly tried to trick
Ann into saying something that she never said: the only leader the
Democrats have ever chosen who was undeniably and strongly anti-communist,
John Kennedy, was a traitor.
Leftists who write online Amazon reviews about Treason display a shallowness
and viciousness which would embarrass any normal person. Several urge
people not to buy the book (Isn’t that “McCarthyism”?). One reviewer
said “Jessica Coulter might be the stupidest women of all time.” (And the
reviewer is smart?)
Many Leftist Amazon reviewers sneer at Ann’s writing style, even though a
cursory review of the jacket of Treason provides quotes from respected book
reviewers which note that, whatever one thinks about her opinions, Ann writes
very well. Pointedly, these positive comments about her writing come
from Leftist periodicals which strongly disagree with her conclusions.
I have received a flurry of e-mails from Leftists who attempt to enlighten
me about the many flaws of Joe McCarthy by providing details that presumably
Ann Coulter deliberately omitted from Treason. One e-mail rambled
on about how Joe McCarthy defended Waffen SS soldiers who had been charged
with war crimes at Malmedy during the Battle of the Bulge.
When Robert Taft, the incorruptible and brilliant Republican Floor Leader,
spoke up against the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials because he thought that
it would set a bad historical precedent, Taft destroyed any chance he had
to be president. Senator Taft did, however, earn the respect of the
entire United States Senate. John Kennedy included Taft in his book
Profiles in Courage for his willingness to do what was right, even if it
Taft may have been mistaken in opposing the Nuremberg Trials and McCarthy
may have been mistaken in opposing war crimes trials for actions by Waffen
SS during the Battle of the Bulge, but McCarthy demonstrated by this courageous
position that he was not a demagogue. The Leftist who tried to gut
Ann’s argument in Treason by this obscure issue unrelated communism actually reinforces her case.
Coulter also does not go into much detail about Senator Joe McCarthy’s position
on civil rights, which has led some Amazon reviewers and e-mail correspondents
to assume that this was another area in which Joe McCarthy - the modern Leftist
equivalent of Emmanuel Goldstein in 1984, the eternal, villainous source
of every wrong - was a bigot.
Many of the Democrats who sought to destroy him were flagrant and unrepentant
racists. Some had belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. Others routinely opposed
any civil rights legislation. And McCarthy? He was one of the
strongest supporters of civil rights for blacks in the United States Senate.
Some Leftists note that Ronald Radosh, David Horowitz and other former communists
who are now anti-communists believe that Ann Coulter goes too far in Treason.
These men doubtless hold those opinions honestly. Their tales of growing
up as Marxists in America provides priceless insight into this hidden word,
and it took courage for them to break with communism.
All that granted, however, there is no reason to believe that Radosh or Horowitz
see today the threat of communist treason in America as well as Ann Coulter
or other lifelong anti-communists. Indeed, it would be terribly difficult
for them to acquire the clarity of vision that anti-communists have always
Those who once supported communism also once supported democide and genocide.
These people once supported lying as a political tactic, character assassination
as noble (if done to advance progressive causes), and the destruction of
America as a great good. People nearest and dearest to these ex-communists
held the same ghastly beliefs.
Seeing the true depth of harm that FDR and Truman caused the human race or
the true courage and tenacity of men like Joe McCarthy is probably beyond
the power of men like Radosh or Horowitz.
They are on the side of the angels now - and very welcome! - but that does
not mean that they can comprehend all the horror of treason in America any
better than aging Southern Democrats in the United States Senate could ever
truly understand the wicked totality of Jim Crow.
Leftists, former Leftists now anti-communists, and honest pundits began shooting at Ann Coulter as soon as Treason
came out. The long barrage has done nothing to weaken her argument. Why?
Those who doubt that communism profoundly influenced American politics, American
academia and American entertainment have rhetorical firearms loaded with
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