Published January 12, 2010
It's something we so desperately need right now: A show that will finally put Adolf Hitler in the context he deserves.
Seriously, it was just the other day I was sitting around with my Aryan Youth group/Pilates class, discussing how reviled Hitler has been over the years.
"If only someone could understand where the poor guy is coming from," I wondered aloud (and shirtless), to get my point across.
Well, thank God for Oliver Stone, who's revealed that his new Showtime series "Secret History of America" will help put mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin "in context."
"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," he told reporters, managing to slip non-killer Joe McCarthy into the mix, without causing a murmur.
But hey, he's right about Mao, Hitler and Stalin — it's just so unfair the way things work when you kill millions of innocent people. But true to his blind allegiance to relativism, Stone claims that "we can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.' Hitler was an easy scapegoat."
He's right: Finger-pointing is so judgmental. Case in point: Stone claims that conservative pundits will hate the show, maybe because conservative pundits hate excuses masquerading as empathy. Me? I don't care if Adolf's mommy never loved him or the maid made fun of his willy. I had similar problems and I didn't kill six million Jews — I think.
But saying only conservatives will be upset by this, is really a slap in the face to progressives. For Stone assumes that — unlike right-wingers — the left will willingly accept his revisionist look at history's greatest killers.
He's right: As embracers of all things relative, they are crackers to his cheese.
And if you disagree with me, you're worse than Harry Reid.