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Little Green Footballs is Pretty Cool

December 1, 2009
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You wouldn’t believe it from most of my blogging, but there are several Republicans I support and admire. You may have noticed over the life of Is It Luck that the one Republican blog I consistently draw material from is called Little Green Footballs. Its author, Charles Johnson, is committed to Republican principles, but he rejects the torrents of nonsense spewing from the right wing.

Last night, he posted a list of theses that succinctly explains his own distaste for the stupidity that has become the day-to-day preoccupation of the right wing. Coming from a Republican, it means more than it would coming from me, so here’s the list:

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)

It’s refreshing to see a principled objection to right wing bullshit coming from someone who is no friend of the Democratic Party.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2009 12:23 pm

    Trim all of these from the bone and I’d probably be a Republican

    • Barry permalink*
      December 1, 2009 12:26 pm

      I don’t think I would, but I would feel better about the party and more likely to vote for its candidates.

  2. Korbie permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:35 pm

    There’s nothing wrong about the “core” of the Republican party, or rather what it means to be a Republican. It’s just worrying that a lot of Republicans are extremely religious and, once you go there, you can be persuaded by anything. If a person’s a republican, and he/she has very good reasons for being one, then by all means. But being a republican for the sake of being a republican is stupidity, as is any ideology.

    So yeah, this guy looks alright to me.

  3. December 1, 2009 5:45 pm

    Ahh… those hate filled right-wing wackos. Here is a parody for your hero:

    http://politacks.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/why-i-parted-ways-with-the-left-spoof-on-little-green-footballs-current-rant/

    Find more fun at http://politacks.com

    • Barry permalink*
      December 1, 2009 6:16 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Politacks. Certainly, Johnson’s recent list is easy to parody, but I notice that you did not address his substantive claims. You simply replied with a list of your own grievances against the left, which was the subject of neither his post nor of mine.

      Furthermore, a careful reading of my post will reveal that Johnson is not my hero. I simply stated my admiration for his intellectual integrity.

      Again, I am not on trial here, but to address your point, I do not have a political hero, but if I were forced to choose one leader who I admire above all others, it would be Josef Stalin.

      • Korbie permalink
        December 1, 2009 6:35 pm

        I don’t know man. Hitler had that crazy ‘stache, more so than Stalin did.

  4. December 1, 2009 7:56 pm

    Just so you know the aren’t “My” grievances, I simply enjoy pointing out feigned outrage when I get the chance and some people are so blinded by hate they think “their” side is flawless.

    Surely Stalin isn’t your hero? The man slaughtered millions.

    • Barry permalink*
      December 1, 2009 9:45 pm

      Of course Stalin is not my hero. Even putting aside the tens of millions of murders for which he was responsible, he sucked balls in dozens of different ways. Just look at Lysenkoism.

      As for Johnson’s outrage, I don’t think it’s feigned in the slightest. The know-nothing fringe of the Republican party that seems most vocal at this point is disgraceful, and he’s right to call it out for what it is.

  5. December 1, 2009 10:36 pm

    You are correct. The “know-nothing fringe” of the right is much less informed than the mindless lever pullers (read: Union Thugs) on the left.

    I enjoy your blog. I look forward to exchanging ideas in the future and hearing more of your analogies of the knuckle dragging ingrates on the right.

    • Barry permalink*
      December 1, 2009 11:03 pm

      Again, Politacks, you seem to be missing a point. There are plenty of great reasons to criticize stupidity on the left. Do unions engage in malfeasance? Sure. Has ACORN showed itself to be wildly irresponsible? You betcha. Don’t get me started on Obama’s failure to adhere strictly to Constitutional principles of freedom from government intrusion.

      These topics just don’t happen to be what this post is about. Let’s talk about that another time. In the mean time, take a look at problems identified by Johnson. Are they legitimate? I am afraid so.

      I would be much happier to vote for Republicans if they were not the party associated with denial of evolution and climate science, and if the reflexive antipathy toward issues associated with immigration didn’t close down a debate that needs to take place.

  6. Jared permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:47 pm

    Johnson’s turnaround started in early ’08, I think, but most of what led up to that point is pretty ugly stuff. He’s made some hideous comments condemning something called the “Obama/Clinton Appeasement Complex” (http://tinyurl.com/6hgpze) and used to bash Muslims on a Malkinesque level. It’s funny that it took a portion of the American right supporting Nazi-allied Euro-righties for Johnson to bolt. Michelle Malkin is merely a hot, non-white version of a Nazi.

    • Barry permalink*
      December 1, 2009 11:05 pm

      Yeah, Jared. To be sure, he’s had his share of shitty views. However, I can respect his turnaround in the same way that I respected David Brock’s (and unlike, for example, Arlen Specter’s unprincipled reversal.)

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