Dec 01 2009

‘True’ Conservatives Turning Reagan’s Big Tent Into A Pup Tent

Published by at 12:00 pm under All General Discussions

It is not a good day for conservatives when folks like Charles Johnson leave the movement in such obvious disgust

I was asked what went wrong by one of my more ‘pure’ conservative readers (he loves to dig at this independent conservative centrist). What went wrong is the ‘true conservatives’ and their vitriol. Charles Johnson is very sharp and was an asset to ‘the right’. He is I think, on balance, a good person. What people should be asking themselves is how did a good person become so filled with anger.

Johnson clearly has lost his tolerance – which happens when you are around a bunch of intolerant people too long. As he disagreed on some subjects, the vitriol he received just poisoned his view of conservatives. His angry departure is a reflection of what he’s been experiencing. The intolerant folks burned out his tolerance. I have experienced it myself, I just have an easier time dismissing the jabs.

What Johnson forgot is there are a more centrist conservatives than ‘true’ conservatives. When he departed ‘the right’ he sadly turned his back on a lot of good people (Inhofe comes to mind). That is his problem and his mistake. It just makes this situation all the worse.

I agree with Johnson on many subjects. The big exceptions are Palin and AGW I guess. But I don’t throw people under the bus because I disagree with them. And I don’t try to tear them down personally (that’s intolerance in spades). The right is now justifying the snub by throwing more jabs at Johnson. Folks need to learn when to stop digging.

I also don’t group people and spread the sins and failures of a few across them all. It is why I remain a conservative and challenge the drama queens who call themselves ‘true conservatives’. I have not given up on Reagan’s big tent yet.

The fact CJ is both bitter and a lost cause is a reflection on the toxic characters in the far right. It is a sad day for ‘the right’ when you chase someone like Johnson out of the big tent. If this continues all the right will be is a bunch of purists in pup tent.

43 responses so far

43 Responses to “‘True’ Conservatives Turning Reagan’s Big Tent Into A Pup Tent”

  1. Terrye says:


    Lieberman is a good man and I respect him. Charles Johnson is a jerk. Big difference.

  2. Lieberman turned from his party for the good of the country on Iraq and the War on Terror in general.

    Charles Johnson, on the other hand, seems to be out for Charles Johnson. The post seemed to be very self-serving and more a recitation of Stuff you’d hear from Keith Olbermann.

    As I said, I’d be impressed with Johnson’s beef with Glenn Beck if I had any indication that he had actually bothered to read The 5000 Year Leap. He need sto actually take Beck’s ideas on, not potshots.

  3. Frogg1 says:

    I, myself, find Charles Johnson’s post pretty extreme; and James Joyner’s post about it much more sane.

    Johnson Breaks From The Right