LGF: Crazy But Clever Conflator

The right wing blogosphere is getting weirder and weirder: Crazytown Watch: Charles Johnson Conflates Some Fringe Group With Rick Perry.

Once again, I’m accused of being “crazy” because I find groups like Repent Amarillo disturbing. But not just “crazy” — I’m also sneaky and evil because I’m “conflating” Repent Amarillo with Rick Perry. Because I hate small government, or I hate Texas, or something like that. So I’m both crazy and nefariously clever.

“Now why would he do that?” wonders Melissa Clouthier, hinting at dark ulterior motives.

It’s a head-scratcher, all right. In a post about a religious fanatic group in Texas, why in the world did I bring up the governor of Texas — who just happens to have a history of appointing religious fanatics to influential positions in the Texas government?

Clouthier continues:

Newsflash haters: Texans are doing well because they’ve clung to rugged individualism, their guns, their God, their independence, their fiscal responsibility, etc. I know it’s galling when secular humanistic states like California are going down the crap-hole. It’s tough to see small government being such a big win while big government harms the very people it’s supposed to help.

But that’s just the way things roll, guys. Good luck finding evidence that big social programs are ever a cultural, fiscal or social win. They NEVER are a win because they strip the individual of his ability to choose his own life. It is axiomatic.

And by the way, Jerry Brown has actual radical ties. Will that disqualify him to run for Governor in California? Why no! No, it won’t.

This might set a record for reading the most into an LGF post. Secular humanism, small government, big social programs, rugged individualism; these are all interesting concepts, but if they have something to do with what I wrote, I must be missing it.

And meanwhile, notice that Clouthier never gets around to saying anything at all about the “fringe group” that was the whole point of my post.

P.S. I don’t hate Texas or Texans, just for the record.

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