Friday, June 03, 2005

Burn in Hell, Peggy Noonan

Having been just a baby when Nixon fell from grace, I kind of figured everyone on both sides of the aisle could agree that he was a bad man who had to be brought down, and that the people who helped bring him down were, if not heroic, at least doing their jobs well. I guess in my naivete I thought the people who merely lost their jobs as a result of Watergate (in contrast to those who did time, and somehow all managed to "find the Lord" in prison and become well-paid Christian ministers) had either seen the error of their ways or were too embarrassed to admit otherwise. I didn't realize that Robert Novak and Pat Buchanan are unapologetic Nixonites first and right wing, borderline Nazis second. (Not to mention that the only Jew Nixon ever employed, Ben Stein, would show the closest thing he's ever shown to human emotion when decrying Mark Felt)

The revelation of Deep Throat has shown that not only have the Nixonites stayed in some semblance of power (you can't turn on the TV without seeing one) they still think their man was wronged by a left wing media bent on his distruction from the beginning.

However, the most chilling example of a Nixonite who will not go away is Wall Street Journal Columnist and generally well-respected commentator Peggy Noonan. She is treated with deference by everyone from Peter Jennings to David Letterman, and unlike, Buchanan, you can't immediately tell she is a wagadoo. She is soft-spoken, unfailingly polite and an impeccable dresser. However in a WJS column this week, she showed her true colors, when she tried to blame Deep Throat for the slaughter of children in Cambodia. Here's the excerpt. (Please go to the source and you'll find nothing is taken out of context.)

"What Mr. Felt helped produce was a weakened president who was a serious president at a serious time. Nixon's ruin led to a cascade of catastrophic events--the crude and humiliating abandonment of Vietnam and the Vietnamese, the rise of a monster named Pol Pot, and millions--millions--killed in his genocide. America lost confidence; the Soviet Union gained brazenness. What a terrible time. Is it terrible when an American president lies and surrounds himself by dirty tricksters? Yes, it is. How about the butchering of children in the South China Sea. Is that worse? Yes. Infinitely, unforgettably and forever."

Below is the angry letter I wrote Peggy:

"So the fact that Richard Nixon was "a serious president at a serious time" means he should never have had to answer for his crimes, lest Viet Nam fall and Pol Pot rise? You cannot believe this. No sentient being could believe this. Nor could anyone seriously believe that if we'd only let Nixon alone, we would have won the Viet Nam War etc. You should be ashamed of yourself for spouting this crap, even if it is only in your role as your cronies' apologist. This is worse than even Ann Coulter would write. And are you sure you want to align yourself with Pat Buchanan so soon after he went on record saying we shouldn't have tried to stop Hitler? You are a horrible human being. You know what you are saying is false, manipulative and dangerous. If anyone has blood on his/her hands for "setting events in motion" it is you. By your logic, you are directly responsibly for the slaughter of innocent civilian children in Iraq, and may you burn in hell for it."
Well that's enough anger for now,
Rick

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