The Right’s Worst Americans
Still with the Rosenbergs?
Via Matthew Yglesias, a bunch of conservative blogs voted on and compiled a list of the 25 Worst Figures in American History. In a surprise twist, President Obama takes the number-two spot, losing out to former President Carter. Ted Kennedy, the Clintons, and Als Gore and Sharpton make the list.
There are four Jews: One of them absurd (Saul Alinsky, presumably on the theory that this barely-read minor intellectual inspired the Marxist Communist anti-American socialism of the president); two of them coherent as far as these things go (George Soros, who is indeed one of the biggest funders of Democratic causes, and Noam Chomsky, who is pretty left-wing); and one … kind of tasteless.
The Fourth Worst Figure in American History is … the Rosenbergs.
Now, look. Though my grandfather would probably roll over in his grave if he heard this, I think the Rosenbergs, though clearly victims of a miscarriage of justice (partly motivated by anti-Semitism), were probably guilty. Additionally, my sympathy for people who spy on my country is exceedingly small. However, the fact that the right wing to this day fixates on the Rosenbergs, of all the spies in our history (Benedict Arnold, Aldrich Ames, and Alger Hiss also appear on the list, although not as high), was a little shocking and disturbing to me.
Conservative Bloggers Select the 25 Worst Figures in American History [Right Wing News]