IT'S fashionable in left- wing circles to describe anyone who admires America as a fascist. But the real totalitarian threats of our time come from the left. And no public figure embodies the left's contempt for basic freedoms more perfectly than Howard Dean.There's more, but out of consideration for the fact that some of you may be eating, I'll skip it.
Yep, it's that same Howard Dean who supports people's rights to own guns and to marry whomever they choose. Apparently Mr. Peters has some unusual definition of "basic freedoms".
But Howard Dean and his Deanie-weenies do all they can to restrict the free speech of others. I can predict with certainty that Dean's Internet Gestapo will pounce on this column, twisting the facts and vilifying the writer, just as they do when anyone challenges Howard the Coward. Hey, I guess that's me. I think I'll leave the vilifying up to the reader, though. Got to go pick up my brown shirt from the cleaners.
Then there are Dean's endless "Big Lies": Liberating 25 million Iraqis was "wrong." Saddam's capture doesn't make any difference. Osama bin Laden should be presumed innocent, despite his own admission of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. Bush knew in advance about the 9/11 attacks. The Global War on Terror is a failure. The economy's a disaster. And the administration is hiding terrible secrets.
Hm. Looks like we've gotten to the "twisting the facts" portion of the festivities. Unfortunately, Mr. Peters doesn't seem to believe in waiting for us "Deanie-weenies" to do it. But just to poke at one that particularly gets my goat, Dean never said that capturing Saddam "doesn't make any difference". He said it doesn't make us safer. And you have to be engaged in a particularly creative sort of denial to look at the Orange Alert and the number of US soldiers killed since his capture and say that he was wrong.
I do want to remark on the fundamental bizarreness of attacking people for saying that someone should get a fair trial, though. Even Goering and Speer got fair trials at Nuremberg.
Oh, and one more thing: how much of an asshole do you have to be to trot out the Hitler comparisons against a man who's married to a Jew? Have you no shame, Ralph Peters?