Saturday, October 17, 2009

Apparently Mao Zedong is the philosopher of choice for some conservatives as well as some liberals

Locally, it was Hube who ran with the story of Obama advisor Anita Dunn praising the wisdom of Mao Zedong as one of her favorite political philosophers:

Fox News is evil incarnate (IOW, they're an "arm" of the GOP) -- so says White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. But one of the greatest mass murderers of all-time [Mao]? Dunn thinks he's just terrific.

Given that Hube often cites Newsbusters, I suspect he will be less than pleased [because he tries very hard to be intellectually consistent] to find this somewhat parallel instance of apparent Mao worship on that very prominent conservative media-watch website commenting on how to cure America's drug problems:

First, drug addiction needs to be viewed as a choice, not an illness. Mao Zedong, the former leader of China, cured 20 million opium addicts over just one weekend by announcing that anyone still addicted would be shot on Monday.

Yes, I realize that there is a large degree of difference between a website and a presidential advisor.

But it is really pretty difficult to lambast the other side with a straight face for citing one of the greatest mass murderers of all time when folks who share your own perspective are doing the same thing.


Hube said...

Indeed, Steve. Great catch. The invocation of Mao in that instance, 'tho serving to make an overall point, was just plain silly.

RHKINC said...

Because person 1 gets news from source 1 the statements of person 1 should be ignored? This is only your attempt to take away from the reality of Dunn's statements and the issue at hand: why are so many of the current administration admirers of so many anti-freedom leaders of history?