Mark Tapscott: No surprise in Posner's 'apology' to China on Arizona law 

Nobody should be surprised that Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner equates Arizona's new immigration law with communist China's worst human rights abuses like its rape of Tibet.

People on the left have made such unbalanced comparisons for decades. Their problem isn't mere moral equivalence. They think America should be spelled with a K.

Like President Obama, Posner is a product of the New Left generation that came to prominence in the Sixties and has since dominated the campuses and nonprofit activism. Their perspectives have also shaped many of the major narratives of Hollywood and the mainstream media.

Posner spent many years as executive director of Human Rights First from its founding in 1978 and later as its president, in the process building a prototypical leftist nonprofit that never misses an opportunity to bash the U.S. human rights record.

Typical was the Posner-led "Stop the Torture" effort that saw only Abu Ghraib, with nary a word about the horrors practiced daily by regimes like Castro's Cuba, Iran's Imanutjob, or the North Korean butcher, Kim Jong Il.

Judging from Posner's description of his "dialogue" earlier this week with Chinese officials on human rights, he wasted no time introducing America's faults into that conversation via Arizona's allegedly discriminatory immigration statute:

"We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in our society, and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination. And these are issues very much being debated in our own society," Posner said.

But it wasn't just Arizona on Posner's mind in those dialogues. Thanks to the U.S. officials present, America's sins were front and center throughout the discussions with the Chinese: "We had experts from the U.S. side, for example, yesterday talking about treatment of Muslim Americans in an immigration context. We had discussion of racial discrimination."

Americans worried about race long before the contemporary Left appeared on the scene. Jefferson's prophetic warning about slavery being the "fire bell in the night" was tragically proven by the Civil War.

But other than the radical Abolitionists, no other political group in American history has made the country's racial sins, real and imagined, so integral to their critique of the country's place in the world as has the modern Left.

That's why understanding where the Posners are coming from requires understanding people like Obama's friend and associate, Bill Ayers. Obama's mother was of Ayers' milieu, so it's no surprise that the future president and past Students for a Democratic Society Weather Underground bomber-turned childhood education "theorist" found working together on the Annenberg Challenge in Chicago so convivial.

From Kirkpatrick Sales' authoritative SDS history, Peter Barry Chowka at American Thinker cites a revealing passage in a speech Ayers delivered as the militant SDS "education secretary" in which he said:

"There's a lot in white Americans that we do have to fight, and beat out of them, and beat out of ourselves. And that part of it is true -- we have to be willing to fight people, and fight things in ourselves, and fight things in all white Americans -- white privilege, racism, male supremacy -- in order to build a revolutionary movement."

For the Left in 1965, America was evil because it was capitalist, racist, sexist, and imperialist. It still is in 2010, for them.

That is why radicals like Ayers shape community organizers like Obama who get elected to high office and appoint activists like Posner to important jobs in places like the State Department. What they share is an obsession with the evil America of their warped and rancid creation.

Mark Tapscott is editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner and proprietor of Tapscott's Copy Desk blog on

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