It is by no means severe to point out that if Leftists were wise and rational, they would not be Leftists. Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Unionâ€™s first dictator and an icon of the Left, aptly described its devotees as â€œuseful idiots,â€ owing to their enthusiastic and mindless devotion to causes that invariably would lead to their own destruction. Furthermore, it must be constantly reiterated that such minions only remain â€œusefulâ€ to the leadership as long as they remain, well, idiots.
A century has elapsed since Leninâ€™s demeaning characterization of his most loyal followers. Yet the consistent applicability of that term has done little to enlighten the ongoing ranks of new applicants for the label. And as Election Day approaches, much of America seems perfectly willing to take its place among that ignominious assembly.