Wealthy player in political movement is demonized

December 13, 2009

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I WAS moved to apoplexy trying to figure out which was worse, Lee Fang’s screed “In glitzy shadows, a health reform foe lurks’’ or the editorial judgment that permitted it to be printed on last Sunday’s op-ed page.

Is it supposed to be some sort of new age revelation that nauseatingly wealthy individuals who are patrons of the arts also slather political movements with money? Perhaps “Il Trovatore’’ and Americans for Prosperity make good bedfellows.

To make the atavistic allusion that David Koch’s father was a member of the John Birch Society is as puerile as my saying that the patriarch of the Kennedy clan was a Nazi sympathizer before Franklin Roosevelt had to remove him from the Court of St. James. When will this eyeball gouging end?

George Soros spreads his multimillions to extreme left-wing causes, perhaps even to the Center for American Progress from whose launch pad Fang fired his missive. I certainly would not attack Soros for those contributions. I would only attack him because he is committed to causes I see as destructive to this country. I certainly would not reveal he is a Brahms devotee. That would be below the belt.

Why Fang would resurrect the John Birch Society is unfathomable. Doesn’t he know that if you have to Google it, then it has lost its trenchancy? He does precisely that which he professes to most abhor - ad hominem demonization.

Koch is not going to obstruct universal health care, delay climate change advocacy, or derail President Obama’s domestic agenda any better than the president and his supporters are already doing.

Craig D. Murphy

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