It pains me a little bit to write this as I used to be a "useful idiot."
Sarah Palin recently tweeted this article and the Huffington Post and many other Liberal outlets are going crazy about it. Here's an excerpt:
"When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.
"Useful idiots" was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union. "
Read the full column here:
Never mind the compelling parallels that Mr. Sowell brings up. Never mind that the thesis of this column is really about "useful idiots" He mentioned Hitler and Obama in the same column so everything else MUST be irrelevant. If we are honest about it, there are way too many on the right and left of the political spectrum in our country that are indeed "useful idiots."
It's time for us to wake up. Don't be distracted as news outlets mine for sound bytes to make the other side look bad. I believe that most of us believe in the concept of this great land. Most of us believe in, and agree with the Constitution. We must once again hold all of our elected officials accountable for what they do. I have often said to people, "don't vote Democrat simply because you are black or poor and don't vote Republican simply because you are a Christian." These are labels that I fear we hide behind too often. This gives us an excuse to not become enlightened and engaged in the political process.
Politicians of our day have used soaring rhetoric and hot-button issues to keep everyone distracted from the "little" things they are doing under the surface. Once again, this is on BOTH sides of the isle. Some are satisfied as long as a politician says they are pro-life, or advocates for the traditional definition of marriage. Others are immediately satisfied when a politician promises to be an advocate for "Main Street" and the "little guy."
These are VERY important but I challenge all Americans to take the time look very deeply into what is happening in our country. Then look very deeply into yourself and develop an educated defense for where you stand politically. Please don't be ANYONE'S "useful idiot."