At Least He Knows His Left From His Right

Over at the Locker Room, in a post about (you guessed it) how the libruhls hate the constitution, Jon Ham describes the Klan as "wackos on the right."

Now, being a lefty myself, I wouldn't have called the Klan a right wing group. I might have thought it, but I wouldn't consider it fair to describe racism and xenophobia as conservative values. Just because it has been the left in this country who has been responsible for fracturing and marginalizing this particular hate group doesn't make the group itself part of the "right" (any more than a plumber who happens to be a Democrat converts a grease clog in to a Republican).

Anyway, thanks Jon for clearing that up for me. And as to the constitutional question, the First Amendment doesn't preclude a community from considering potential legal means for enforcing community standards; it just provides a stopping point when it comes to speech. It seems that in this case, the stopping point once reached was respected. So Jon, you can probably lay off the hand-wringing.

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Jon Ham

I knew Ham's convoluted logic sounded familiar!

Jon Ham joined the John Locke Foundation on Feb. 21, 2005. Prior to joining JLF he had worked for The Herald-Sun newspapers in Durham, NC, for 19 years, 13 of those as managing editor and four as director of digital publishing. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in political science from Auburn University. He did three years of doctoral work in political science at Duke University before joining The Durham Sun in 1985.

There were a boatload of reasons I never subscribed to the Herald-Sun, not the least of which was its crappy reporting and butt-ugly design. Now I know the other reason. There was a Puppet in charge of the miserable rag.

Racism and xenophobia are right wing values

Lance, you say

> Now, being a lefty myself, I wouldn't have called
> the Klan a right wing group. I might have thought
> it, but I wouldn't consider it fair to describe
> racism and xenophobia as conservative values.

But, Lance, the Republican Party is no longer a conservative party, as Anglico so aptly noted in his analysis of the Cabarrus GOP's website. The right wing Republican Party is intimately associated and dependent on racism.