I’m not doing this to be preachy: anyone who reads this blog knows I say a lot of nutty things. But there’s a difference between being nutty and spreading hate, inciting others to use the threat of violence and violence itself. I’m also aware that this list is inherently unfair – I’m not chronicling left-wing extremism here (and I do believe some of that has become “mainstream” in American politics), nor am I doing full justice to the root causes of these movements. I’m also not documenting all the movements, just a few that seem to be more legitimate and can take people in deceptively. Credit goes to Charles Johnson of LGF for many of the links below:
- Ron Paul & Lew Rockwell (quote from “Angry White Man,” in The New Republic): “Paul’s alliance with neo-Confederates helps explain the views his newsletters have long espoused on race. Take, for instance, a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report, published in June 1992, dedicated to explaining the Los Angeles riots of that year. “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began,” read one typical passage.”
- Alex Jones (quote from John Hawkins at Right Wing News): “Jones is a self-promoting conspiracy nut. During the Bush Administration, he attacked Republicans and promoted oddball conspiracy theories about them (Bush was behind 9/11! They’re going to put us all in camps!)…. on his website right now is an article that seems to be suggesting that swine flu may have been concocted by the Bush Administration as part of a plan to implement martial law in the Obama Admin…”
- American Thinker is one of the more prominent right-wing blogs proclaiming the President is not a citizen. A thorough debunking of the notion that the President’s citizenship is questionable [link goes to The Daily Show, which finds ways to offend me even when exactly correct on this issue]
- Free Republic – they were instrumental in creating the rage that caused the Clinton impeachment, and they were pretty crazy then. I do know a few people that use this site and are very good people (also problematic in a similar vein: World Net Daily). The site itself is crawling with some of the worst craziness imaginable. Candidates they like include Rep. Michele Bachmann (if this idiot can be elected, why am I not ruling at least a continent as an enlightened despot). It goes without saying that anyone who thinks Rep. Joe Wilson is a patriot should probably not be trusted on any issue [yes, I'm still a Republican after reading that last link. I don't quit because of some dumb crazies that should be marginalized].
- Glenn Beck: lots of outright insanity; the Time magazine article discussing him is right on the money, the links to the John Birch society should not be ignored, nor the Skousen connection.
- Michelle Malkin, Hot Air & Instapundit may look like they have standing on some issues, but the links to white supremacists should not be ignored. Instapundit and Hot Air can be implicated via association with one prominent right-wing blogger; Malkin has supported VDARE which isn’t exactly subtle about how it conceives other races.
- Powerline might be the worst offender nowadays, giving overt support to the vision of Gates of Vienna, Robert Spencer, Atlas Shrugged – their cause is nothing less than the return of fascism, BNP/Hitler style: they’re using alarmist rhetoric about Muslims in Europe to advance this agenda.
If what I have listed doesn’t make you sick, you have issues; please remember not to vote, and remember also to stay quiet in any and all situations: your voice has been heard, and it has resulted in what is documented above.