Jonah Goldberg offers an excerpt from his recent best-selling book Liberal Fascism (recommended here several times). The passage is about one of the most ghastly Americans who ever lived, who has of course become a hero of the Left. Here’s the first paragraph to induce a full reading:
Margaret Sanger, whose American Birth Control League became Planned Parenthood, was the founding mother of the birth-control movement. She is today considered a liberal saint, a founder of modern feminism, and one of the leading lights of the Progressive pantheon. Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood proclaims, â€œI stand by Margaret Sangerâ€™s side,â€ leading â€œthe organization that carries on Sangerâ€™s legacy.â€ Planned Parenthoodâ€™s first black president, Faye Wattleton â€” Ms. magazineâ€™s â€œWoman of the Yearâ€ in 1989 â€” said that she was â€œproudâ€ to be â€œwalking in the footsteps of Margaret Sanger.â€ Planned Parenthood gives out annual Maggie Awards to individuals and organizations who advance Sangerâ€™s cause. Recipients are a Whoâ€™s Who of liberal icons, from the novelist John Irving to the producers of NBCâ€™s West Wing. What Sangerâ€™s liberal admirers are eager to downplay is that she was a thoroughgoing racist who subscribed completely to the views of E. A. Ross and other â€œraceologists.â€ Indeed, she made many of them seem tame.