Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons: Profiles in Extremism

Amazing how employing a little context makes the truth pop out — as Selwyn Duke demonstrated masterfully today in a piece at American Thinker about Delaware senate candidate, Christine O’Donnell, and her madly projecting detractors.

Duke pointed out:

…Lenin, once said, “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” Given that we have a government poised to do just this — with steep tax increases and rapid money-printing that will cause inflation — should we really be concerned about a candidate’s views on sexual propriety? Or should we be more concerned about a candidate who may be harboring Marxist passions?

Duke began the piece by racking O’Donnell’s supposedly “extreme” views up alongside those of many of our current policy-makers — handily fading them into irrelevance.

… Had she ever proclaimed herself a Marxist? No, that was her opponent, Chris Coons. Had she ever belonged to a socialist party? No, that was Barack Obama in the 1990s. Did she once advocate forced abortions and sterilization? No, that was the president’s “science czar,” John Holdren. Had she headed up an organization that promoted “fisting” for 14-year-olds and books featuring sex acts between preschoolers? No — while Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings did do that, O’Donnell’s sin is far different: She believes in sexual purity.

Furthermore, as Duke pointed out, while O’Donnell’s so-called “extreme” sexual views are personal and extracurricular, Coons’ Marxism is inherently political.    

…She won’t propose the “Self-gratification Control Act” of 2011 any more than she will mandate that you must attend Mass on Sundays, fast during Lent, or believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

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Since the left is digging up old O’Donnell quotations, it’s only fair to delve into Coons’ past. And when we do, we find this interesting bit of extremism: An article he wrote titled “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.” It details how a trip to Kenya that Coons took as a junior in college served as a “catalyst,” completing his transformation from “conservative” to communist. Yet while one could elaborate further here as well, as with O’Donnell, this misses the point. To wit: Marxism has everything to do with government, as it is about transforming it through socialist revolution into something tried and untrue, something that slays the light and visits a dark age of a thousand sorrows upon its victims. It’s something that killed 100,000,000 people during the 20th century and every economy it ever touched. That is a negative extremism if ever there were one, and it should scare the heck out of every one of us.

And what is this supposedly balanced with on O’Donnell’s side?

Oh, yeah, the sexual purity thing.

Of course, Coons’ piece was written 25 years ago when he was 21 and will be excused by some as youthful indiscretion. But I’ll make two points. First, the ability to profile properly is always necessary when choosing candidates, as the information you will have on them is always limited and managed. A politician certainly wouldn’t admit to harboring Marxist passions; thus, in keeping with the maxim “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior,” the best yardstick we have for measuring Coons is actions and pronouncements taken/made before he had a vested interest in lying about his aims. (And wouldn’t we instinctively apply this when judging someone with a neo-Nazi or KKK history? Would we give David Duke the benefit of the doubt many would give Coons?) Second, when profiling, know this: People who embrace communism but then truly renounce it generally become passionate rightists. Those who remain leftists usually haven’t renounced anything but honesty about their intentions.     

Duke concluded:

So all the libertines amongst us should know that Christine O’Donnell will not take their sex toys away. But Chris Coons may want to take all their toys away. To vote for him is to play with fire.

Delaware voters, are you listening?

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