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Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in Politics, Society | 20 comments

Erick Erickson’s Excellent Moment

Yesterday, the editor-in-chief of RedState, one of the most highly visited right-leaning blogs, wrote these words

Today I want to reaffirm and make it more definitive. If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.

Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.

Good for him. Good for them. We should applaud such action, whenever the right or left applies a little common sense and says: “Enough. There’s plenty else to debate, and we will not suffer fools.”

Granted, Erickson’s post includes a brief gripe about biased media and their refusal to cover, with equitable intensity, the purported ties of the President to American Communists and the delusional elements among Tea Party adherents. Other than that, this post is a step in the right direction; a step toward isolating the fringe and thereby returning some sanity to our national dialogue.


Final Note

Among the more interesting points in Erickson’s post is this one …

So we arrive at one of those moments where I am fully prepared to part ways with the individuals and groups willing to share the stage and treat as legitimate the crazies who believe the President was born in Kenya, the crazies who believe our government was complicit [in the] September 11th terrorist attacks … two groups, incidentally that increasingly overlap.

I guess that overlap shouldn’t surprise anyone. Conspiracy theorists have a way of finding each other. Regardless of political inclination, they are mysteriously drawn together by the common belief that, whoever is in office, the fix is in and the “man” is out to get us. They might want to look up the Rev. Wright and see how well that worldview worked out for him.

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