I am very fortunate to part of an email list comprised of some cream-of-the-crop conservative bloggers. Quite often, the material I link to at my blog comes from these email exchanges. We discuss news, issues of the day, and just, well, stuff. Often, through this email list, I get introduced to new blogs that I wouldn’t know but for my friends.
One of those blogs, which isn’t exactly new, but is new to me, is Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal. Trevor describes himself as a “libertarian activism and political researcher,” but I think what he really is is a bloodhound. He has an extraordinary ability to ferret out publicly available information on the icky little political secrets so many Progressives have lurking in their pasts.
Please note that I emphasize “publicly available.” Trevor isn’t out there snooping through people’s garbage or spying in their windows, nor is he making stuff up out of whole cloth. Instead, using the internet, he simply digs in and looks up stuff that’s out there anyway.
I find Trevor’s skills and tenacity admirable, because I usually get overwhelmed by the volume of material any internet search will turn up as to a given person. Trevor, however, seems to have a real knack for sticking with the search, and winnowing out the important and, as I said, often icky details that emerge.
A case in point is his most recent post about Mike Bayer, a Communist Party USA member who is working on the Bernie Sanders campaign in Vermont. There is nothing illegal about being a Communist, of course. I think, however, that it is a spectacular example of ideological confusion, with some of those confused people veering into the “so wrongheaded as to be evil” category — meaning that they’ve abandoned justice, morality, ethics, and plain decency in favor of statist purity.
Also, since a candidate, whether or not he wants to be, is measured by those who admire his politics, it is noteworthy that Bayer gravitated to Sanders. In Sanders case, of course, this is not merely a case of some nasty little critter crawling into an otherwise wholesome campaign. Sanders is himself a socialist but, as Trevor says, “Mike Bayer’s closeness to Senator Sanders . . . takes things to a new level.”
Check out New Zeal, and see if you like it. I bet you’ll visit it more than once.