by Scoobie Davis
Right Wing News has the listing of the greatest figures in American history according to left-wing bloggers. My list included Robert Goddard, the Wright Brothers, Willaim Seward (for buying Alaska), and a few others not mentioned.
As I promised, I will give an explanation behind my choices for worst Americans (scroll down to August 8). Right Wing News published its survey of left-leaning bloggers regarding whom they thought were the worst Americans in history. When I listed Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest (who was responsible for the Fort Pillow massacre and was later involved in the Ku Klux Klan), I thought he was a rather obscure figure (the way I found out about Forrest was several years ago at an Ohio swapmeet, Forrest’s picture was on a “Legends of the Confederacy” shirt at a pro-Confederacy booth manned by a gap-toothed man); other bloggers didn’t think so because Forrest was number 3 on the list.
The top vote-getting was Joe McCarthy; I don’t think Joe McCarthy was the worst American, even though he was on my list; he’s just the type of person who would be on a lot of top twenty lists of worst Americans; McCarthy even made honorable mention on the list of right-wing bloggers.
Let me explain my rationale for each of my choices:
Jefferson Davis: Traitor who was president of the illegitimate, despotic, and slave-based confederacy. Trent Lott was able to pass a bill in Congress to get Davis back his American citizenship.
Strom Thurmond: A horrible politician. A demagogue who bolted the Democratic Party in response to Truman’s modest civil rights proposals and ran for President in 1948 on an anti-civil rights agenda (including the opposition to the anti-lynching laws). In 1964, he bolted the Democratic Party to the supposed party of Lincoln in opposition to the civil rights agenda. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Richard Nixon: Where to start. A dirty tricks operator from way back. Now it has been revealed that Nixon okayed the Watergate burglary. Disastrous foreign policy. Started the modern day war on drugs.
Richard Mellon Scaife: A paranoid lunatic, Scaife, with his inherited million, began a long dirty tricks campaign against Bill Clinton whom he thought was responsible for the murder of dozens of people. This man is sick; the people who took his money such as Christopher Ruddy and Joseph Farah have no souls.
Benedict Arnold: Traitor during the Revolutionary War.
Joe McCarthy: Gave anti-communism a bad name.
George Lincoln Rockwell: Founded the American Nazi Party.
John C. Calhoun: Popularized the doctrine of nullification. His ideas led to the Civil War.
Henry Wirz: Barbarian who was the warden of the notorious Andersonville prison camp. He was hanged after the war. The Daughters of the Confederacy, one of Jesse Helms’ favorite groups, erected a monument for Wirz.
Aldrich Ames: CIA spy.
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Confederate general responsible for the Fort Pillow massacre. Helped found the Ku Klux Klan; should have been hanged along with Wirz.
Katherine Harris: racist policies of disenfranchisement responsible for the theft of the presidency.
Rush Limbaugh: A lying bully and thug.
John Walker: Spy who gave vast amounts of intelligence to the Soviets.
John Wilkes Booth
Timothy McVeigh: American terrorist.
George Wallace: Hateful demagogue; he also ran Alabama into the ground.
Harry Anslinger: responsible for the early anti-drug hysteria.
The soon-to-be-indicted member(s) of the Bush regime who blew the cover of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame (who was responsible for preventing the proliferation of WMDs): who ever did this should be tried for treason.
The Rosenbergs: gave atomic secrets to the Soviets.
Worst resident alien: Sun Myung Moon: a hateful megalomaniac.