Flashback: the online conservative movement and me
I don’t know that I ever posted this before, but a while back Chris Muir, the artist and creator of Day By Day, produced a large piece, modeled on “The Last Supper,” that was auctioned off as part of the Blogger’s Defense Fund. Most of those who were pictured (that is, those of us on the proper side of history) signed the master print, and each of us in return received a print of our own, plus a separate piece of our likeness, representing our place within the piece’s overall theme.
Having felt with the slings and arrows of the new breed of online “conservatives” the last few days made me a bit nostalgic for the days before a few people worked diligently to see me marginalized, so I had Chris send me a picture of the final product. My own copy is rolled up in a cardboard tube and ready for the move.
As I told Chris, one of the biggest thrills of my “career” online was being chosen as one of the representatives for the conservative cause — and then, you betcha!, getting placed next to Sarah Palin in the picture (others pictured, in the white and red: Ed Morrissey, RSM, Glenn and Helen Reynolds, Malkin, Mandy Nagy, Bill Whittle, and Clarence Thomas). So for those of you who haven’t seen it, here it is:
And here is my separate piece, which was suggestive of my role in the promotion of language and its importance:
I have always tried to remain absolutely true to the principles of classical liberalism. At times this has put me at odds with some on “our” side who I felt were promoting ideas, almost always unwittingly (at least at first), that were wrong-headed or dangerous to the cause of individual liberty and sovereignty.
Ultimately, that doggedness cost me, and there are days when I regret that it’s simply in my nature to fight like hell for what I truly believe is right, and do so in a way that tries simultaneously to make the case in such a way that others will be persuaded. I’m perhaps the world’s worst diplomat. But what I am is loyal — to my friends and to my causes. I don’t believe, looking at that picture today, there is a single person on the conservative side I haven’t defended at one time or another.
Many of them, in return, have had my back — including yesterday, when I needed it.
To them I say thank you. And to Chris I say, once again, thank you for finding some of the work I’ve done here at protein wisdom over the years worthy of the honor of inclusion.
As always, outlaw.