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The Left's Dunce of Death By: Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, June 14, 2004

Cartoonist Ted Rall struck again early last week, this time publicly stating that Ronald Reagan is currently in Hell “turning crispy brown right about now.” Rall defended his repugnant treatment of the fallen national hero, saying, “Reagan was a public figure and he was an idiot.” Rall then re-affirmed, “If there is a hell, this guy is in it.” Rall still had enough invective left over to fill his next syndicated column, entitled “Reagan’s Shameful Legacy.”

Attempting to deflect the predictable (and massive) public backlash, Rall has tried to paint himself as a moderate, protesting, “I’m not a knee-jerk left-wing guy…I think that this country has shifted so far over to the right that anyone who is a garden-variety Democrat circa 1972 is painted as a Marxist-Leninist.”


But Ted Rall doth protest too much….


His own cartoons and syndicated columns speak for themselves. He believed Bill Clinton’s 1998 bombing of an empty Afghan tent invited 9/11. (Forget that Clinton launched Operation Monica’s Dress in retaliation for the twin African embassy bombings; what caused those, Mr. Rall?) He called our war in Afghanistan “genocide,” perpetrated to build an imaginary oil pipeline through the region. He supported Marxists Jean Bertrand-Aristide, Hugo Chavez and the Castroite government of Grenada; and he opposed sanctions against Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Serbia. He has also said George W. Bush should be "warming a prison cell right now" and strongly hinted that leftist Senator Paul Wellstone was assassinated.


Rall’s only intellectual calling card is his uncanny ability to confront human tragedy with shallow partisanship and base callousness. Just one month ago, Rall slandered Pat Tillman, the NFL star who turned down a multi-million dollar contract to serve (and ultimately, die) in Afghanistan. Rall derided Tillman as an “idiot.” I wrote at the time:


Rall has made a tidy living demeaning the deceased. He berated the victims of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and their families as Nazis, while apologizing for the two neo-Nazi murderers who perpetrated it. However, he found his greatest notoriety not long after 9/11, when he portrayed that tragedy’s widows as money-grubbing media hounds in his cartoon “Terror Widows.”


In other words, Ted Rall is a scumbag.


For all of this, Rall was rewarded as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.



I failed to point out that Rall was also a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. His column appears in some 140 newspapers nationwide, as do his equally sophomoric political cartoons. He is, in other words, a well-paid and widely read spokesman for the Left’s activist base.


Were Ronald Reagan alive to hear this detractor, the man who never turned a political enemy into a personal foe would not begin with a cretin like Rall. Reagan would laugh, not at Rall’s diseased sense of humor, but rather at the comfort of knowing that while Reagan’s legacy and popularity will only grow with the turning of history’s every page, Rall is condemned to be remembered (if he is remembered at all) as a failed hack who espoused an equally failed ideology, a hatemonger who utilized the suffering of others to cement his position within in the lowest tier of political commentators.


Ted Rall’s popularity speaks as much about the Left as Ronald Reagan’s sunny disposition does about conservatism, and the difference is not coincidental.


Ted Rall is, I pray, wrong about the final destination of Ronald Wilson Reagan. In his current residence, I trust Reagan has responded to Ted Rall’s hatred with a forgiving prayer, as he did to his own failed assassin – a prayer he uttered before praying for himself. And if Rall is correct about Reagan’s resting place, Reagan must be uttering the words of Jesus: “Behold, I go to prepare a place for you.”

Ben Johnson is Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine and co-author, with David Horowitz, of the book Party of Defeat. He is also the author of the books Teresa Heinz Kerry's Radical Gifts (2009) and 57 Varieties of Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry's Charitable Giving (2004).

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