Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Lifelong Republican and over-the-hill crooner Andy Williams bashes President Obama as a Marxist in a foreign publication. In a new interview with the Radio Times, a British magazine, Williams goes all Glenn Beck:

“Don’t like him at all,” he said, “I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist.

“Obama is following Marxist theory. He’s taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail.”

Come on all you Branson-visiting, Andy Williams-loving uber-patriots. Let’s hear you go after Williams the way you did the Dixie Chicks. What’s that I hear? Crickets? That’s what I thought.

Personally, I couldn’t possibly care any less who criticizes what president or where they do it. The only thing I care about is whether the criticism is accurate or not. But I’d like to see just a little consistency out of all those right-wing nuts whose only currency is faux outrage.

We can easily see a pattern developing here. It’s a terrible thing to criticize the president “on foreign soil” — unless they don’t like that president, then it’s okay. This is virtually identical to all that nonsense about supporting the troops and supporting the president during wartime.

When Democrats objected to the invasion of Iraq, criticized it in Congress or voted to place any restrictions on it or put any exit strategy in place, the right wing all but called them traitors for not “supporting the troops” and for undermining President Bush when American soldiers were putting their lives on the line in a foreign land.

But of course, when President Clinton was in office, Republicans had no problem with trying to force the withdrawal of American troops from Kosovo and Somalia and no problem criticizing the American president while soldiers were risking their lives abroad. Because they don’t really mean any of this crap, it’s just a convenient excuse to evade criticism when they hold power. When the other party holds power, it magically disappears. And I’m sure I’m a traitor for questioning that too.