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orange
12-02-2009, 03:49 PM
What do you get when you take the red out of green?


Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, a conservative-leaning political blog, officially announced his break with the right in a post on Monday evening. Johnson is co-founder of Pajamas Media, and Little Green Footballs has been named one of the top 100 most popular blogs.

Here is his message (copied from another site; LGF is mysteriously down at the moment):


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.


The link - if it ever works again: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/35243_Why_I_Parted_Ways_With_The_Right

BucEyedPea
12-02-2009, 03:52 PM
Co founder of Pajamas Media? Well that says all I need to know about this liberal wearing right-wing clothing. Nothing to see here.

KCWolfman
12-02-2009, 04:04 PM
A website that is focused on Sarah Palin and calling her a whackjob while advertising busts of Barack Obama for 900.00? This is some conservative who is changing lanes? Wacko extremist website.

I tell you what, I head that Mitch McConnell is leaving the Democrats, and Glen Beck says he won't advertise for them anymore.
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NewChief
12-02-2009, 04:08 PM
Little Green Footballs definitely had some pretty hard core right wing stuff back in the day. I honestly haven't kept up with it in ages. It's possible he had an Andrew Sullivan type transition over the last few years.

ClevelandBronco
12-02-2009, 04:12 PM
Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

Well, not the entire religious right.

ClevelandBronco
12-02-2009, 04:13 PM
And there's a difference between denying climate change and not giving a shit about it.

wild1
12-02-2009, 04:16 PM
Nobody who would write that list was a conservative to begin with.

Not that I have ever heard of this blog.

Direckshun
12-02-2009, 04:19 PM
Andrew Sullivan's is even more compelling:

Here goes:

I cannot support a movement that claims to believe in limited government but backed an unlimited domestic and foreign policy presidency that assumed illegal, extra-constitutional dictatorial powers until forced by the system to return to the rule of law.

I cannot support a movement that exploded spending and borrowing and blames its successor for the debt.

I cannot support a movement that so abandoned government's minimal and vital role to police markets and address natural disasters that it gave us Katrina and the financial meltdown of 2008.

I cannot support a movement that holds torture as a core value.

I cannot support a movement that holds that purely religious doctrine should govern civil political decisions and that uses the sacredness of religious faith for the pursuit of worldly power.

I cannot support a movement that is deeply homophobic, cynically deploys fear of homosexuals to win votes, and gives off such a racist vibe that its share of the minority vote remains pitiful.

I cannot support a movement which has no real respect for the institutions of government and is prepared to use any tactic and any means to fight political warfare rather than conduct a political conversation.

I cannot support a movement that sees permanent war as compatible with liberal democratic norms and limited government.

I cannot support a movement that criminalizes private behavior in the war on drugs.

I cannot support a movement that would back a vice-presidential candidate manifestly unqualified and duplicitous because of identity politics and electoral cynicism.

I cannot support a movement that regards gay people as threats to their own families.

I cannot support a movement that does not accept evolution as a fact.

I cannot support a movement that sees climate change as a hoax and offers domestic oil exploration as the core plank of an energy policy.

I cannot support a movement that refuses ever to raise taxes, while proposing no meaningful reductions in government spending.

I cannot support a movement that refuses to distance itself from a demagogue like Rush Limbaugh or a nutjob like Glenn Beck.

I cannot support a movement that believes that the United States should be the sole global power, should sustain a permanent war machine to police the entire planet, and sees violence as the core tool for international relations.

Does this make me a "radical leftist" as Michelle Malkin would say? Emphatically not. But it sure disqualifies me from the current American right.

To paraphrase Reagan, I didn't leave the conservative movement. It left me.

And increasingly, I'm not alone.

Direckshun
12-02-2009, 04:19 PM
And there's a difference between denying climate change and not giving a shit about it.

Wellllll, your party's pretty much guilty on both counts, aren't they?

KCWolfman
12-02-2009, 04:26 PM
Wellllll, your party's pretty much guilty on both counts, aren't they?

Unless you are posting in blueberry juice on papyrus by tallow fat candle then you are a hypocrite when it comes to environmental BS. Al Gore already showed "your party" to be false pariahs when proven his carbon footprint is bigger than a TRex running an exhaust pipe free HumVee from here to Calcutta.

Liberals - everyone must help, as long as its not me.
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orange
12-02-2009, 04:29 PM
Nobody who would write that list was a conservative to begin with.

Not that I have ever heard of this blog.

Bet you have:

In the United States, LGF is perhaps best known for playing a key role in raising doubts about the authenticity of the Killian documents regarding President George W. Bush, which preceded the resignation of CBS's Dan Rather. The site won the Washington Post's reader poll for Best International Blog in November 2004 and played a role in bringing attention to altered photographs in the Adnan Hajj photographs controversy. In July 2008, LGF identified that photographs of Iran's missile test had been altered, and was credited by much of the media for this.

ClevelandBronco
12-02-2009, 04:35 PM
Wellllll, your party's pretty much guilty on both counts, aren't they?

Sadly, I don't have a party. I vote straight Republican though, so I'll assume you're asking about them.

Frankly, I don't know. It's such a non-issue with me that I haven't bothered to check out their position.

I'd sooner care what their position on adopting kittens is. (I assume they're anti-kitten.)

stevieray
12-02-2009, 04:35 PM
...sounds like he has to define himself from the actions of others...I doubt the 'switch' took much effort.

SNR
12-02-2009, 04:49 PM
Wellllll, your party's pretty much guilty on both counts, aren't they?Where is all this crap about the right "denying climate change"?

I mean, the far right has all kinds of lunacy so I don't doubt that there are people who deny climate change. I think what most people are skeptical of is human-caused climate change.

If you're going to say that's being extremist, then I have nothing more to say.