If you think that communists are worse than the Klan, you need to get out more.There you are: an ideology that enslaves over a billion people and is the core of the most repressive regimes on the planet is not as bad as the Klan, which consists of a rag tag bunch of loonies who are objects of public ridicule and hostility. One can of course argue that the Klan used to be dangerous, but of course back in those days the Communists were even more so. Willis and his cotierie switch back and forth about whether they mean actual Communists or just "some bored, dumb-ass students". The two are used interchangeably but I can't tell if this is a slick rhetorical technique or true Lack Of Clue™.
The real question here is, why can't Willis just cut loose on the Communists? What is it about them that makes him willing to effectively defend Communism, dismissing its crimes and labeling its opponents as "people who actually bought Ronald Reagan's bull"? One of them, "Dakota", comes closer by resorting to the relabeling trick and denying that North Korea is a Communist regime, but can't quite make the leap.
Of course, I don't view this as a problem, that even articulate and intelligent supporters of the Democratic Party are unable to see that this refusal to see any enemies on the Left is what's killing them off politically. The Right has learned. It dumped Buchanan, the Klan and Lott when they went over the line. Yet the Left holds on and so discussions of this nature generally lead to the Left having to openly defend or dismiss some of the greatest atrocities of history.
The most bizarre disconnect, though, is over Iraq. One of the best attacks of the Left was the support of the Right for oppressive dictators (e.g. Saddam Hussein). I'm not going to argue the morality of this (my blog isn't big enough for that) but even the Right primarily saw it as a bad choice over a worse one, justified by the Cold War. Now that the Cold War is over that justification doesn't fly. To his credit, President Bush is starting on the long road to cleaning up some of the toxic waste we left behind during WWIII and people like Willis are objecting to this! Now those thugs are toxic waste for the Left, not the Right. The Leftists are setting it up so that having shed most of its domestic garbage, the Right is now poised to dump its foreign garbage in the lap of Left. This is on top of the fact that the Left is finally getting smeared for its support of other mass murdering regimes like the USSR or Cuba. Can we really call the Republicans the Stupid Party anymore?