Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Little Green Footballs, No More with the Right

I have followed Little Green Footballs for sometime now, their approach to conservatism has been rational and rather poignant. Charles Johnson, lead contributor, has been one of the staunchest critics of the Republican party and its move to the far right. Johnson has long been critical of how the fringe has seeped its way into the Right over the years. It seems that the lines have become so blurred, he has become fed up and is abandoning them all together.

Why I Parted Ways with the Right

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)

8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)

9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)

10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)

And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.

I won’t be going over the cliff with them.

It has always been my stance that for the country to function we must maintain a two-party system of some sorts ( I doubt we will be able to have many different parties as some European nations do). Until, however, the GOP and its leaders realize that they need to steer the ship in another direction the GOP runs the risk of alienating many traditional conservatives like Johnson. I am with others, hoping that Charles Johnson's statements will perhaps allow others to stand up to RedState, the Malkins, Beck's and Limbaugh's within their party. I guess I will just have to cross my fingers, but I won't hold my breath.

I am Frank Chow and I approved this message

Steve Benen explains there are distinct differences between the treatment of fringe on the Left and the fringe on the Right by the parties.

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