I am not a religious man and I never believe there is a Heaven to which I might aspire but even so, sometimes, just sometimes, I fervently pray that there is a Hell, a truly scorching, sulphurous place of infinite pain and suffering. Just occasionally I come across people who would be on my candidates' list for entry but today, in the august columns of REASON.com, I came across a man who would not only qualify for my list but move instantly to the very top. I refer to the late, and utterly despicable, Roger Nash Baldwin, 1884-1981.
This monster, and I use the word carefully, was a founder of the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1926 he visited the USSR and saw at first hand the atrocities inflicted on the Russian people by their Communist party. He excused them all! In 1928 he wrote a book titled, without a hint of irony, "Liberty Under the Soviets". In it, he described more or less accurately what the people of Russia were suffering under the Communist regime but excused the cruelties as being, in effect, all to their own long-term good. It was not until 1938 and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet pact that this criminally stupid man finally admitted his errors. In the final year of his life, Jimmy Carter, arguably the dimmest POTUS of recent years, awarded this vile man, the Medal of Freedom. Pass the sick bag!