RtO has been having some fun with stupid sayings by rightwingers. Commenter john gault objects that leftwingers also say stupid things.
I am sure they must, although the list he provided was all of crooks. They were not notably stupid. There’s a difference.
But fair’s fair. RtO should mock remarkably stupid quotations by leftwingers. But it is difficult to do.
I thought I had a live one in a story in The Washington Post about an assistantprofessor at liberal Oberlin who has been criticized for statements alleged to be anti-Semitic. Indeed they are, but are they leftwing?
Not really. At first glance they appear to be from the school of (alleged) left anti-Semitism in Europe, presented by its vendors as pro-Palestinian. But a look at the body of Professor Karega’s statements reveals a different origin.
A compilation by Jewish Business News of “3 More Totally Crazy Things” Karega has spoken about includes a condemnation of Bernie Sanders as a tool of the interests, a surprising conclusion if Karega is a leftist.
She also believes storms are created by unnamed conspirators, which would put her more in the camp of plain nut.
In her social media posts (now mostly taken down, but the Internet never forgets), Karega shares and refers to other controversialists, and following those links does not lead into a morass of lefty paranoia and hate.
It leads to paranoia and hate, all right, but it’s mostly rightwing. So far as it refers to Jews, it isn’t left anti-Semitism at all but the same old stuff I used to read in The Fiery Cross (the Ku Klux Klan newspaper) when I lived in Georgia.
This is odd, though not entirely surprising, since Karega appears to self-identify as African-American. So it goes – Frank Collin, the American nazi leader, was mischlinge.
I have doubts about Karega’s mental stability, but that’s no business of mine. The origins of political nonsense and hatred are my business, however, and clicking from site to site -- starting with Karega – may lead to a variety of veins of ore. In my case, it led to paulcraigroberts.org.
Yes, Paul Craig Roberts, described thus at an admiring website (King World News):
“He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as a co-founder of Reaganomics. He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service.”
No leftist cred there.
Fact is, he’s a notorious rightwing racist, sponsored by, among others, the white supremacist VDARE.
Strange company for an Oberlin professor to be keeping.
Well, I’ll just have to keep looking for stupid leftist commentary.