Favorite Political Philosopher

I don’t normally highlight a lower-level functionary in the administration twice in the same week, but Anita Dunn has shown that she deserves to be highlighted. Dunn, the White House Communications Director who infamously referred to Fox News as the research arm of the Republican party, has been outed. In her own words, she has declared that Mao Tse Tung is one of two political philosophers that she admires, and to whom she looks for inspiration.

Let’s get this straight: Mao Tse Tung is one of her favorite political philosophers? What does this say about Anita Dunn?

Chairman Mao was one of the most bloodthirsty dictators of the 20th century. He had no regard at all for the value of human life. It’s estimated he may have killed 70 million of his own people during his tenure.

He overthrew the Nationalist Chinese government in 1949. In the early 1950s, he attempted a “land reform” that killed a few million [land reform is a euphemism for taking away private property]. In the late 1950s, he embarked on a program called The Great Leap Forward, which was an attempt to destroy all capitalism and “leap” to full communism all at once. China’s economy was nearly destroyed in the effort.

That debacle led to Mao’s sidelining by his comrades. He was out of commission for a few years until his newest brainstorm, The Cultural Revolution, created chaos throughout China in the mid-1960s. The Cultural Revolution was his attempt to rid China of all Western influence. Gangs of Red Guards roamed the streets, striking terror into all citizens. Anyone who manifested any Western influence was a target. That included all university professors or anyone who was educated at all. It even focused on people who wore eyeglasses, which apparently also revealed their Western orientation. Things got so out of hand that Mao finally had to call a halt to it himself before China unraveled completely.

This is Anita Dunn’s great political philosopher?

This is the man she looks to for inspiration?

Her defenders have mentioned that the second political philosopher who inspired her is Mother Teresa. Well, first of all, I’m not sure why she calls Mother Teresa a political philosopher. But how do you combine Mother Teresa and Mao Tse Tung coherently? Does mentioning Mother Teresa in the same breath as Mao Tse Tung exonerate her? Or does it reveal a strange kind of thinking that only those with her worldview would ever consider? No one who admires Mao has any shred of moral or intellectual credibility.

That she doesn’t even recognize this is disturbing. That the White House doesn’t recognize this is more than disturbing. But we’ve seen that this White House is in concert with political radicalism, so it’s not really a surprise.

When confronted with her statements, she backtracked by saying she was only “joking.” Does that mean she was joking about Mother Teresa as well? I’ve seen the video. It wasn’t a joke. How stupid do these people think we are? Well, we were kind of stupid in the last election, but there’s a chance to rectify that foolishness in 2010.

Anita Dunn needs to be removed from the White House—along with all her ideological soulmates.

Here’s Mark Steyn on the same subject [with a little Rush thrown in].