To an all too short list that includes the names of David Frum, Alex Knepper, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and usually Michael Medved, we should add that of John Avlon, former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, Daily Beast columnist, and contributor to the Wingnuts of the Week segment on CNN’s American Morning. Avlon is also the author of the timely new book Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America. That sounds like one to request from the library, don’t it?
FrumForum’s Noah Kristula-Green has a write-up on Wingnuts up at that website, a bite-sized morsel of which you can find below:
Most importantly for Avlon, the wingnuts should be opposed because it is simply the right thing to do. While it currently takes a lot of political courage to stand indepdently from the conventional wisdom in your own party (since you risked being labeled as either a RINO or an insufficiently liberal Democrat) Avlon reminds readers that this independence is exemplary of George Washington’s farewell address. As Washington tells us, partisan demagoguery “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another.”
It’s ironic that many of these fringe members use Revolutionary War iconography, fly “don’t tread on me” flags, and proclaim their allegiance to the Constitution. This is not lost on Avlon, “They want to wrap themselves up in the Constitution and the American flag, but they are pursuing ends that are the exact opposite of what the founding fathers fought for.”
Avlon and his book are also the subject of the latest FrumForum Podcast.