The old adage that wisdom routinely accompanies age is a fallacy. With proper guidance, wisdom can flourish in youth. Age has little to do with it. There is no smart cell that develops in middle age and keeps regenerating and increasing in size until all septuagenarian and octogenarians attain genius level.
Onetime pop star, singer Linda Ronstadt is a case in point. Then pretty and possessing a good voice and versatile style, she went solo in the 1960s. Now in her mid-70s, the Tucson-born Ronstadt, whose brother Peter was the city’s police chief, has lost her voice to the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease, and has become an unrecognizable “activist.” Few people under 50 know her name today.
And wouldn’t you know…she hates President Trump?
Now living in radical San Francisco, she is back in her element, having been the main squeeze of far-left California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown in the 1970s.
Crime, homelessness, rat infestations and piles of human waste fouling sidewalks, driving away tourists, must appeal to Ronstadt. What doesn’t resonate with her is history. She confuses murderous tyrants with the leader of the free world.
Her latest statement exhibiting her abysmal ignorance came during this recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Ronstadt said she sees “great parallels” between pre-Nazi Germany and now.
“The intelligentsia of Berlin and the literati and all the artists were just busy doing their thing. Hitler rose to power. There were a lot of chances to stop him, and they didn’t speak out,” she told Cooper. “The industrial complex thought they could control him once they got him in office, and, of course, he was not controllable.”
By the time he got established, he put his own people in place and stacked the courts and did what he had to do to consolidate his power,” she said. “And we got Hitler, and he destroyed Germany. He destroyed centuries of intellectual history forward and backward.”
Cooper responded, telling Ronstadt that he thinks a lot of people would be “surprised” to hear her make comparisons between Nazi Germany and Trump’s America.
“If you look at history, you won’t be surprised, it’s exactly the same. You find a common enemy for everybody to hate” Ronstadt said. “I was sure that Trump was going to get elected the day he announced, and I said it’s going to be like Hitler and the Mexicans are the new Jews. And sure enough, that’s what he delivered.”
Her comments are exceedingly ignorant. Linda Ronstadt might have missed the part of her ‘historical studies” that detailed concentration camps, ovens for humans and showers that spewed deadly gas on naked men, women and children who were cruelly handed bars of soap to placate them before they were massacred. Six million Jews who were generational citizens of the countries of Germany, Poland, Lithuania and other Eastern European nations were initially required to wear yellow six-pointed stars identifying them, disallowed schooling, fired from their jobs, then forced out of their homes, rounded up, starved, suffered depraved medical experimentation and exterminated. Train tracks were built to bring the prisoners directly to the killing centers.
It is the disease of liberalism rather than Parkinson’s Disease that has eroded Linda Ronstadt’s mind.