Leftists Have Never Met a “Bad Guy” They Didn’t Admire – As Long As it Serves the “Greater Good”
What’s up with Lefties and their love of “bad guys”? Between their admiration for murderous dictators and, more recently, their lamenting support of a cop killer and teenage rapists, it seems that the only time victims are valued is when they fit a political agenda as in the case of Sandy Hook — “Never let a good crisis go to waste!”
In 2009, Anita Dunn, who was part of President Obama’s inner circle (serving as Interim White House Communications Director, former top advisor to Obama’s political campaign, and wife of Obama’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer), expressed her admiration for a mass-murdering dictator in a speech before high school students. Dunn spoke passionately about her two favorite political philosophers, “the two people I turn to most” for answers to important questions like “how to do things that have never been done before.” Who are these great philosophers? Why it’s Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa, of course!
Mother Teresa is understandable, but Mao Zedong? This is the person who Anita Dunn turns to for answers? Mao Zedong was the leader of a country whose policies between 1949 and 1976 ended up murdering over 50 million innocent Chinese citizens.
It’s as if Dunn used Mother Teresa as a foil for the criticism she knew she would receive for citing Mao in the way she did. But what is most disturbing is how self-assured Dunn seemed to be that this utter sophistry was actually “clever” or somehow marked her as an independent thinker, unafraid to take unpopular positions.
Then we have Ernesto “Che” Guevara, whom Leftists seem to find so irresistibly appealing and for which they have such “hipster” affection. The Argentine-born revolutionary is viewed as a hero for his commitment to socialism, but Cuban-Americans generally revile him for his role in establishing the island’s Communist dictatorship.
Actor Benecio Del Toro said: “I think anyone who buys a t-shirt of Che has gotta be cool. If I see someone with a Che t-shirt, I think, ‘He’s got good taste'”. Leftist Film makers have been erecting a romantic image of Che Guevara from the days of his youth, as in Walter Salles’s film ‘The Motorcycle Diaries. Or, his final days in Bolivia in Steven Soderbergh’s, Che, portrayed by Che t-shirt loving Benecio Del Toro. These films are nothing more than revisionist whitewashes that ignore the atrocities committed: Che’s hate filled writings, and their aftermath, not only in Cuba but in the Americas.
The following is a quote from Che in 1961:
“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!” raved Che. “Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination. We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! We must keep our hatred against them (the U.S.) alive and fan it to paroxysms!”
On November 17, 1962, the FBI discovered that Che’s bravado had substance, and infiltrated and cracked a plot by Cuban agents that targeted three department stores and Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT. The holocaust was set to go off the following week, the day after Thanksgiving. Che was the head of Cuba’s “Foreign Liberation Department” at the time, and a fan of Mao.
We then have Christopher Dorner, a discharged Los Angeles police officer and former Navy reservist, who was killed in a vacant mountain cabin outside Los Angeles. Dorner was a suspect in the killing of four people — including two law enforcement officers and the daughter of another.
Thousands of social media “fans” still worship Dorner and his “crusade against government forces.” More than 20,000 people have “liked” a Facebook group called “We Stand With Christopher Dorner,” while thousands more have taken to Twitter under the banner of “Teamdorner.” Many have praised Dorner and his 11,000-word manifesto that alleges LAPD corruption and weaves in pop culture references and gives shout-outs to Charlie Sheen and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. It also heaps praise on Barack Obama. (Makes one wonder how many fans Dorner would have had if he gave shout-outs to Ted Nugent and Sean Hannity and heaped praise on George W. Bush.)
Further fueling Dorner’s folk-hero status is Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of English at Columbia University and cable news commentator. Dr. Hill told CNN that Dorner has become a “real-life superhero to many people.” He said: “People aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people; they’re rooting for somebody who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system.” He went on to say, “It is almost like watching Django Unchained in real life.”
Really? Tell that to the families of the victims.
Finally we have the media glorification of the Steubenville rapists. CNN’s Candy Crowley predictably went straight for the “tragic hero” instead of “violent criminal” angle when she reported on the breaking news from the Steubenville courtroom where the accusers, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond had just been found guilty.
After the verdict came in, Crawley turned to correspondent Poppy Harlow, who lamented “it’s incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart.” Candy then asked CNN’s legal contributor Paul Callan what the verdict meant for “a 16 year old, sobbing in court, regardless of what big football players they are, they still sound like 16 year olds.” Callen sounded almost apologetic when explaining how the rape conviction will mean that the Steubenville rapists will now be registered sex offenders and how that “will haunt them for the rest of their lives.”
So much for objective reporting.
Teenagers get taken off the path of having “promising” futures every day for behaviors that are exponentially less anti-social than terrorizing girls with sexual abuse. These criminals destroyed their own lives when they decided to repeatedly rape an incapacitated girl, and film and share their horrific crime on social media. It never occurred to them (until they got caught, of course) that what they were doing might be wrong.
So, one may ask, what does the Leftist glorification of murderous dictators, cop killers and rapists have to do with each other? Notwithstanding the shocking lack of empathy for their victims, it appears that the “bad guys” get a pass if they are helping to push an agenda (i.e. Marxism in the cases of Mao and Che), or if they have an ax to grind due to perceived racism (in the case of Dorner), or the ruin of the “promising” lives of two teens (one of whom a minority) who “made a mistake” by raping and filming a drunk 16 year old (in the case of the Steubenville rapists). The admiration by Lefties for these “bad guys” reflects the triumph of appearance and political correctness over reason and facts. Can a sympathetic biopic about Hugo Chavez, starring Sean Penn and directed by Oliver Stone, be far behind?
Hey, but look at the bright side. The Greater Good has been served!