If anyone still had any illusions about the amount of bile for this country harbored by Ward Churchill and Bill Maher, look no further than Jeff Jarvis's account of Churchill's appearance on Maher's show tonight. These two are emblematic of almost everything that is wrong with the intellectual Left today. They focus excessively on America's faults but lack the prespective to judge that on balance America has been a force for good in the world. Beyond that, their sympathy for terrorism and dictators and their callousness toward September 11th and its victims are appalling. Not even Howard Dean goes this far, which says a lot.
With such intense antipathy for America, Maher and Churchill should spend some time in the LA Times' favorite dictatorship, North Korea and see if they're as accomodating of dissent. (Unfortunately, they'd probably be treated as heroes for "speaking truth to power." At least then they'd be among their own.) Roger Simon puts these two in the proper perspective.