Notes To A Young, Dumb Lefty

Benicio Del Toro – an excellent actor, and, like too many actors, dumb as a bag of hammers about politics and history – is directing co-producing the yuuuuuuge biopic about Che Guevara:

When asked why the movie needed to be so long, co-producer and star Benecio Del Toro replied, “That is a question for Che. Why such a fulfilled life? We believe that this is the shortest film about Che Guevara’s revolutionary life that could be made.”

Mark Goldblatt in NRO, with emphasis added:

Well, no.

The shortest film about Che’s revolutionary life has already been made. In it, a couple of scruffy, paramilitary-looking, motorcycle-riding cartoon cockroaches decide to “take over” a kitchen, running amok until a giant muscle-bound can of Raid appears and “kills them dead.”

Guevara, in reality, belongs to that species of human vermin who attach themselves to a charismatic villain — in Che’s case, Fidel Castro; in Heinrich Himmler’s case, Adolf Hitler; in Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s case, Osama bin Laden — and enact their murderous agendas until the countervailing forces of history end their pathetic existences. Granted, Che is more photogenic than either the thin-lipped Poindexter Himmler or the hairy-backed Super Mario Brother Sheikh. It’s hard to imagine either of them ever moving a gross of tee shirts the way Che does. But the fact that Che continues to sell is a testament to the historical ignorance of every consumer of his visage.

I remember standing at Lake and Lyndale, at the little counterdemonstration with a little over a dozen of my friends and readers of this blog last year.

A cute redhead with a pierced nose and a carpenters apron festooned with fascist flair walked through the crowd selling buttons. Among them were a bunch of Che Guevara buttons.

“One dollar”, she said, perkily.

“You do know that Guevara was a mass murderer, don’t you? He ordered the execution of children?”

She grinned, looking a little dazed, and walked away to more fertile sales ground.

The guy ordered the murder of eight-year-old boys. He slaughtered entire families of his opponents. He was not merely a thug; he was a cowardly, sadistic thug.

To not only roil in admiration for Guevara, but to support a systematic, institutional beatification of such a person, complete with rewritten/suppressed history and iconic imagery?

Wow. Good thing that’s just the province of young, dumb radicals. Good thing no modern movement would immerse itself purely in a figure’s surface appeal and ignore all that’s underneath…

Since it’s inevitable that someone in my comment section will bleat “What? You’re comparing Obama and Che?” – Er, no.

I’m comparing their audiences.

46 thoughts on “Notes To A Young, Dumb Lefty

  1. Search Order — by Raúl Rivero

    What are these gentlemen looking for
    in my house?

    What is this officer doing
    reading the sheet of paper
    on which I’ve written
    the words “ambition,” “lightness,” and “brittle”?

    What hint of conspiracy
    speaks to him from the photo without a dedication
    of my father in a guayabera (black tie)
    in the fields of the National Capitol?

    How does he interpret my certificates of divorce?

    Where will his techniques of harassment lead him
    when he reads the ten-line poems
    and discovers the war wounds
    of my great-grandfather?

    Eight policemen
    are examining the texts and drawings of my daughters,
    and are infiltrating themselves into my emotional networks
    and want to know where little Andrea sleeps
    and what does her asthma have to do
    with my carpets.

    They want the code of a message from Zucu
    in the upper part
    of a cryptic text (here a light triumphal smile
    of the comrade):
    “Castles with music box. I won’t let the boy
    hang out with the boogeyman. Jennie.”

    A specialist in aporia came,
    a literary critic with the rank of interim corporal
    who examined at the point of a gun
    the hills of poetry books.

    Eight policemen
    in my house
    with a search order,
    a clean operation,
    a full victory
    for the vanguard of the proletariat
    who confiscated my Consul typewriter,
    one hundred forty-two blank pages
    and a sad and personal heap of papers
    –the most perishable of the perishable
    from this summer.

  2. The most violent reaction I ever received, in conversation with a leftist, was when I remarked that the primary reason that Hitler and the NAZIs were so stridently anti-communist in their formative years was because they were trying to recruit the same people.

  3. Jdege,

    The truth hits them hard! I almost made AC’s head explode making the same point here. Now instead of thinking about what makes him uncomfortable, he pretends to “shun” me, though I know he read this. There is no doubt, we are experiencing the rising tide of fascism with a smiley face.

  4. Benicio Del Toro did not direct this movie.

    Are you going to see this movie?

    Did you ever see Munich?

  5. “The guy ordered the murder of eight-year-old boys.”

    Got any evidence of that? The youngest I can find is 16 years old.

  6. Terry:
    No. I leave joking about executions to Bush.

    Do you intend your post as evidence that Che “ordered the murder of eight-year-old boys”? My suspicion is that this is another case of Mitch just inventing a fact.

  7. I dunno. Seems funny to me. Like saying “Quit calling me a child killer! She was 16 for God’s sake!”.

  8. Terry:

    If Mitch had simply said Che was a ‘child killer’, I would have left him alone. But, per his MO, he had to add the extra false detail about the child’s age being 8. Perhaps de did not find Che’s actual record bloody enough.

    What I find funny is a post berating leftists for their historical ignorance that relies on an easily verifiable and false statement.

  9. “When will Peev come in here and defend his hero Che?”

    When will you find Mitch’s 8 year old murder victim?

  10. It’s been a long time, Rick!

    But you never disappoint. I figured when I wrote this you’d be the one to come racing back to defend this scumbag.

    I can’t find the reference offhand – and I have no doubt that in your mind that completely validates Guevara and supposedly undrecuts my thesis.

    The two of you are perfect for each other.

  11. I defend the truth. I look forward to your reference, I suggest you start here

    My suspicion – given the prolific nature of anti-Che materials put out by Cuban exiles – if you can not find it in less than a minute with Google, it ain’t there.

    “I have no doubt that in your mind that completely validates Guevara”. I suppose so. You can not conceive why anyone would simply want to get the facts right. You are perfectly post-modern.

  12. No, Rick, I can perfectly conceive of someone wanting to “get the facts straight” as long as they are purely in support of a murderous, but fashionably-leftist and oh-so-sexay thug.

    “Sure, he was a thug, but he wasn’t as bad as YOU claim!”

    Ah. TOtally different.


  13. Didn’t you say that Bush joked about executing people? And then you have the nerve to blather about people making up false accusations?

  14. “Sure, he was a thug, but he wasn’t as bad as YOU claim!”

    And now – my second favorite Mitch tactic – the non-existent quote. I’ll make my points, you make yours – which still don’t include any evidence for your claim.

  15. Rick, I don’t care to provide “evidence” to you. He was a murdering thug. Eight years old or sixteen, it doesn’t matter; he has provided three generations of young, dumb lefties with whacking material.

    The ‘nonexistent quote’ is no such thing; it is parody.

    Like this:

    “You can’t find any evidence that Heinrich Himmler personally killed anyone, can you? No? Well, then,HAH!”

  16. Terry:

    When I make an accusation I can back it up.

    ” I watched his interview with [Tucker], though. He asked her real difficult questions, like, ‘What would you say to Governor Bush?'”

    “What was her answer?” I wonder.

    “Please,” Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, “don’t kill me.”

    I must look shocked – ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel, even for someone as militantly anticrime as Bush – because he immediately stops smirking.”

  17. Mitch:
    “Eight years old or sixteen, it doesn’t matter”.

    If you thought that, you would simply correct your mistake and move on.

    If you want to call Che a murderous thug, there is material. But I think such accusations should be based on truth. Indeed the worse the criminal, the greater the need for accuracy.

  18. I thought you’d bring up the case of Karla Faye Tucker. That would be the woman who hacked another woman to death with a pickaxe during a botched vengeance/robbery. In prison she claimed that she had turned her life around and wanted her sentence commuted. The entire accusation that Bush ‘jokes about executions’ hinges on this remebrance by Tucker Carlson:

    In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, “A number of protesters came to Austin to demand clemency for Karla Faye Tucker.” “Did you meet with any of them?” I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. “No, I didn’t meet with any of them”, he snaps, as though I’ve just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. “I didn’t meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with Tucker, though. He asked her real difficult questions like, ‘What would you say to Governor Bush?'” “What was her answer?” I wonder. “‘Please,'” Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, “‘don’t kill me.'” I must have looked shocked — ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel — because he immediately stops smirking.

    This is a report on a conversation that can have many interpretations.
    In any event mocking the sudden respect for life a convicted murderer displays when it is her time to die is not the same as joking about executing people.

  19. Terry:
    “This is a report on a conversation that can have many interpretations”
    Derrida would be proud.

    “In any event mocking the sudden respect for life a convicted murderer displays when it is her time to die is not the same as joking about executing people.”
    Well that is certainly a new defense. If you or your loved ones ever get executed, remind me to enjoy a chuckle.

  20. When I make an accusation I can back it up…

    …usually with out of context BS.

    Go forth, Che Defender.

  21. Mitch, if you were an octopus, you’d have seven tentacles pointing back at you right now.

  22. You don’t have invoke Dirreda to say say that Bush’s reported words can be interpreted different ways. You only have to note that there is no original source other than Carlson’s recollections a year after the supposed conversation took place. You also need to recall that this is the only such incident on record, as far as I can tell.
    No postmodernism or dodgy logic required at all.

  23. Mitch: “Help! I’m an octopus! YAGH! GET ME IN A SALT WATER AQUARIUM, STAT! Yagh! I’m going to ralf . . . yuk. I inked myself.”

  24. Why are you taking Guevara’s side anyhow, RickDFL? Guevara was a member of the upper class, like Castro, and he killed workers.

  25. RickDFL said:

    “If you or your loved ones ever get executed, remind me to enjoy a chuckle”

    If he or his loved ones hack someone to death with a pick axe, will do. Context always seems to go missing when you write, RickDFL. Strange for such a dedicated lover of “truth”. *shrug*

  26. Ya’ gotta hand it to Castro, Guevara, et al. Even the most fascist, militaristic generalisimo would balk at taking EVERYTHING the workers produce.

  27. RickDFL: Mitch doesn’t seem to care about factual specifics here. He still thinks Del Toro directed Che.

    I’ll be seeing the movie. I’m curious to see how it deals with his ugly side.

  28. Anyone notice peev does not post comments on the threads Rick pops up on? If Rick were a bit more long winded, I’d have my suspicions.

    Angryclown isn’t comparing Bush to Hitler – just comparing their audiences.

    and if you knew history, philosophy, economics & fact, you’d know that fascism is a branch of the same leftist/collectivist tree that gave us socialism & communism… but you do not, & I’m not sure it’s on Wikipedia.

  29. Hey Blofeld…

    Del Toro was the Co-producer, which is what he’s credited with doing above… not by Mitch, but by Mark Goldblatt whom Mitch was quoting.

    Friggin’ lefties, you have to do everything for them.

  30. Mr. Shirt:
    “I want this photo on a Che shirt”

    Feel free. I suggest you invest your life savings in printing them up.

  31. Oops. Brainfart. I’ve been coming down with the flu, and I transposed a couple of words.

    Will correct.

  32. Poor old Che. Another rich kid who played at being a revolutionary and got bullet in his head for his troubles.
    From the Wikpedia account of Guevara’s miserable death:

    During their short conversation, Guevara complained to Cortez about the poor condition of the schoolhouse, stating that it was “anti-pedagogical” to expect campesino students to be educated there, while “government officials drive Mercedes cars” … declaring “that’s what we are fighting against.”[101]

    Which I take to mean that Che would hate DFl’rs.

  33. Che died because Castro kicked him out of Cuba, Mr. Shirt. Kind of a ‘find your own patch, kid’ thing, I guess.

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