Christopher Hitchens has two recent essays that are well worth a read.
In Slate he writes about recently released Nixon tapes featuring Dick and Henry talking about their views of the world. Hitchens describes one of them as:
“… that rare and foul beast, a man whose record shows sympathy for communism and fascism.”
And he has some harsh things to say about Nixon as well. The article details some of the many reasons that Kissinger’s apologists should be filled with great and lasting shame for the evil that they defended for temporary partisan advantage.
The second article in Vanity Fair strikes some of the same notes. This time Hitchens focuses on the madness, paranoia and extreme conspiracy theories that inform, drive and animate the TeaBagger movement. He calls them out, but his real target is the many “reasonable” conservative pundit apologists–like Ross Douthat–who will whitewash anything for temporary partisan advantage.
Hitchens was spot on in the way he named the two main concerns that drive TeaBaggers and the modern so-called conservative movement:
Millions of Americans are currently worried about two things that are, in their minds, emotionally related. The first of these is the prospect that white people will no longer be the majority in this country, and the second is that the United States will be just one among many world powers. This is by no means purely a “racial” matter. (In my experience, black Americans are quite concerned that “Hispanic” immigration will relegate them, too.) Having an honest and open discussion about all this is not just a high priority. It’s more like a matter of social and political survival. But the Beck-Skousen faction want to make such a debate impossible. They need and want to sublimate the anxiety into hysteria and paranoia. The president is a Kenyan. The president is a secret Muslim. The president (why not?—after all, every little bit helps) is the unacknowledged love child of Malcolm X. And this is their response to the election of an extremely moderate half-African American candidate, who speaks better English than most and who has a model family. Revolted by this development, huge numbers of white people choose to demonstrate their independence and superiority by putting themselves eagerly at the disposal of a tear-stained semi-literate shock jock, and by repeating his list of lies and defamations. But, of course, there’s nothing racial in their attitude …
And as Sullivan reports, Douthat is outrage that Hitch called him out. Of course Kissinger has been outrage about Hitch for years. So now Henry and Ross can chat about mean old Christopher Hitchens and their hurt fee fees the next time they meet.
And we can hope that Christopher Hitchens keeps hurting the feelings of the world’s biggest pricks for as long as he can. Even when I disagree with him he is always a joy to read.