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How Dare You Call This Obvious Spade A Spade
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Look, everyone. I understand that Jonah Goldberg wrote Liberal Fascism lo those many years ago, and it forever changed the way we lie about fascism not being a right-wing philosophy. It is, however, still utterly hilarious to see conservatives get their dander up because someone dare links a nativist, racist, fundamentalist ideology to the right instead of directly to Barack Obama, our foremost white supremacist.

CNN associated a white supremacist neo-Nazi band with the political right-wing as it labeled the punk rock band of Wisconsin shooter Wade Michael Page as “far right.”

CNN had reported Page’s band named “End Apathy” as “white supremacist,” “neo-Nazi,” and as a “hate group.” Yet it also repeatedly labeled it “far right” on Sunday and Monday.

I mean…yeah. It was far right. It exists. It’s a thing.

Look forward to this over the next few days. The right has led a surprisingly successful fight to ensure that the entire spectrum of conservatism not only becomes socially acceptable, but only includes things that are socially acceptable. It’s a brilliant game: push the boundaries further and further to the right while simultaneously saying anything currently beyond that boundary isn’t conservative at all. Then, when the belief becomes properly conservative, use the lack of respect previously given the belief to show how victimized conservative ideas truly are.

That CNN is willing to even say this is a huge step in the right direction, because it’s a recognition that fringes and extremes exist, and, more importantly, that those fringes and extremes are somewhere beyond being pro-contraception or wanting a top marginal tax rate of 39.6%. (Keep in mind I’m giving CNN credit it may not be due; that may actually be what they consider the left-wing corollary to murderous white supremacy. They do hire Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson, after all.)

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