Had an interesting exchange with Allen, (AKA the Angry Bear) another LA blogger I discovered through an Instalink. Allen was debating whether or not to buy Shadow Complex, a new video game, created in cooperation with Orson Scott Card, a devout Mormon who has actively worked to block state recognition of same-sex marriages. As this blogger notes, Card has not just opposed such recognition but also serves on “the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, an organization founded in 2007 to resist the legalization of gay marriage.”
Oh, and the Angry Bear is straight.
I e-mailed Allen telling him of my decision to patronize El Coyote despite the antics of some juvenile gay activists who demanded a boycott of the popular Hollywood restaurant because a prominent employee made a small contribution to the “Yes on 8” campaign. To be sure, the circumstances are different.
That said, I was delighted to discover a straight guy who leans right weighing the issues involved in purchasing a product from which an activist against gay marriage would profit.
In the course of our exchange, he articulated the reasons why he is less comfortable with the left than the right, distinguishing intolerant, name-calling left-wingers from their counterparts on the right.
. . . that’s why I have a bigger problem with liberals than I do with conservatives. Even when I agree with the cause (and when it comes to social issues, I’m pretty damned liberal), I loathe the tactics and the mindset, It’s not that the right doesn’t have lunatics and hatemongers, it clearly does, but it always seems to me like the left’s hate and desire to control others is closer to the mainstream of the progressive movement’s thought than those of the right.
The left-wing haters do seem closer to the mainstream of their “movement” than do their conservative counterparts. I mean, just look at the roster of prominent Democrats who buy into their rhetoric (Ma’am Boxer, Charles Schumer, Harry Reid, Al Franken, to note just a few names in the Senate alone) and attend the confabs of the angry left blogs.
Make sure to this thoughtful blogger’s post (it’s not very long). He offers some good insights into the nature of the left.
And keep an eye on his blog—particularly if you are a gamer.