Modern Day Missionaries
When I see a new website pop up in our Site Meter I usually click on over and check it out. Today I discovered the Civil Discourse Bustard. The mission of the site is to encourage liberal readers to visit conservative websites "and change some minds. Be Civil. Have Discourse." The site's author helpfully provides some short reviews of conservative sites. Here is ours:
Dummocrats - Pays a lot of attention to Sports and TV. A group blog that claims not to be pro-Republican, only anti-Democrat. Comments? Yes.
That's pretty fair and hey, someone actually looked at our FAQ. Although really, I do think our claim to not be pro-Republican is pretty verifiable, although maybe it gets lost in between posts on the Amazing Race and the Badgers (Northwestern?).
Of course we weren't the only conservative site profiled. Here are some of my favorites:
Ace of Spades HQ - He slammed the MSM, expressed a lot of outrage, because Osama got a Time Magazine cover earlier than Ann Coulter. It's clear who he thinks is more important. At times displays ferocious, demented sense of humor. Comments? Yes.
Little Green Footballs - Way, Way out there. Nasty people. Wallowing in evil. When the facts are in your way, make up some new ones. Quite Big. Mithras brilliantly notes a "stong scent of roast pork." Comments? Yes.
Michelle Malkin - One of the Biggest: No comments: No reason to go unless you like to see evil in action.
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy - Their dream ticket in 2008? For Pres.: George Allen, and Condeee for V.Peee. How did the right get so many mean women? Comments? Yes.
Ankle Biting Pundits - Exceptionally dishonest and cruel; and I've seen a lot. Describes Jimmy Carter as "a favorite of mass murdering dictators the world over." Even though Carter introduced the idea of human rights into the conversation. "Now that Katrina has come" liberals "can barely contain their glee."Comments? Yes.
So, in a nutshell, liberals should go visit the sites run by these evil, dishonest, cruel and mean people and engage in civil discourse. Does anyone think this is just bizarre? How in the world do you start a civil conversation with someone if you're already convinced they're evil?
I'm also surprised by how easily some people throw around words like "evil" and "cruel". Maybe that's why it so easy for some to compare Bush to Hitler or Gitmo to the Holocaust. I mean, if your threshold for evil are the guys from LGF, then yeah, a lot of people are really evil.
If, on the other hand, you define evil as something more than just "people who disagree with me", then you're probably grounded in reality enough to figure out that these folks have no intention of discussing anything. They're simply modern day missionaries preaching for some converts.
Folks were supposed to choose their first conservative website based on the the first letter of their name, so to any Daves, Dons, Dougs, Debbies, Donnas or Dawns who may be visiting: hello and uh, good luck. You'll need it ;-)
Posted by at October 9, 2005 06:21 PM
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|# October 10th, 2005 2:49 AM mbrlr|
|Wow. I didn't know about that. I have mixed emotions on that type of thing --- few minds will be changed. Have I brought anyone to the true faith, saved your souls, etc.? I don't think so. I just enjoy the back and forth here and y'all are generally quite civil right-wingers. However, do admit that there are a few out there who aren't and act in a "true faith" manner to those who disagree. Zealotry isn't really a good thing in our Republic on either side of the fence.
|# October 10th, 2005 8:09 AM BrianH|
|Michelle Malkin is "evil in action"? Wow, those people have a twisted view of reality.
mbrlr, I agree, you and I are unlikely to change the mind of the other one. We're too stubborn and set in our own ideologies. What we do is allow others to see both sides of an argument and make up their own minds. There are some topics in which people on your side spout insane statements that I can't allow to go unanswered. I'm sure you feel the same about some of the things posted by my side.
I think I'll go poke around at Civil Discourse and see if they live up to their title.
|# October 10th, 2005 8:14 AM BrianH|
|They don't seem to allow any comments on their site. So much for "Discourse".
|# October 10th, 2005 9:14 AM BVBigBro|
|I kind of like little green footballs. You can keep Malkin and the others. |
|# October 10th, 2005 10:30 PM marcus|
|I regularly read LGF and Michelle's site.
I occasionally pop by here and oncei n a while I visit My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, just noticed it not too long ago by some visits my blog was getting from it.
Yeah, that flippant use of the word evil is incredible. One fellow who comments on my blog every now and then put me on his blogroll. He is a leftist and I was pigeno-holed into the "enemies" category.
Bin Laden and his merry band are enemies, leftists are opponents.
|# October 11th, 2005 11:47 AM c_b|
|Truely amazing that the culture of death calls us evil? |