O’Sullivan’s First Law

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O'Sullivan’s First Law describes the leftward drift of many politicians, leaders, and organizations. First coined by John O'Sullivan in 1989, it states: "All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."[1]


  • The Drudge Report's leftward shift.[2] To some extent, also to that of Fox News[3] and the National Review.[4]
  • Compromising Christian colleges, including Wheaton College, that first compromised on Biblical inerrancy and evolution, then increasingly on other issues (such as abortion,[5] homosexuality, feminism, and Islam). Azusa Pacific University also has drifted far from its Christian roots.[6] Christians in the West, overall, have become increasingly compromised.[7]
  • The many token conservatives who originally held conservative positions but shifted sharply to the Left
  • Republican politicians frequently cave on political issues and accept the left-wing's positions, whether it be on climate change,[8] ObamaCare, immigration, or some other issue. When Alabama enacted a ban on most types of abortion, many establishment Republican politicians claimed it "went too far" despite it still allowing abortion in several cases.[9] Additionally, after mass shootings, Republican officials increasingly ignore the root of the problem and instead join leftists' assault on self governance and the Second Amendment.[10]
  • European establishment conservatives, who eventually shifted sharply to the Left, supporting Europhile, pro-mass migration, and anti-Christian policies
  • The Conservative Political Action Conference's leftward drift, marginalizing social conservatives and pro-gun activists, among other conservatives, while caving to the homosexual agenda
  • Pat Robertson's shift to the Left on several issues, including abortion, gun control, climate change, and his support for liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani in 2008
  • The Boy Scouts of America's shift to the left on social issues such as homosexuality and gender. Other Christian organizations have experienced a similar shift.[11]
  • The media, big business, and the military establishment once were generally conservative though liberal thinking now predominates them
  • Positions that once lay in the mainstream of society only a few years previously are being increasingly labeled as "far-right" or "ultra-right."[12][13]

See also


  1. O’Sullivan’s First Law, National Review
  2. Duke, Selwyn (January 17, 2018). “Whatfinger News”: What the Drudge Report Was Meant to Be. The New American. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. Nolte, John (November 19, 2018). Did Fox News Cost the GOP Orange County? Breitbart News. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  4. Byas, Steve (January 18, 2019). National Review Continues to be a Trojan Horse Inside the Gates of Conservatism. The New American. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. Bomberger, Ryan (December 6, 2018). I went to Wheaton to talk abortion. The student gov’t flipped out. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. Newman, Alex (December 12, 2018). Even Christian Colleges Falling to Anti-Christian Extremism. The New American. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  7. Duke, Selwyn (May 29, 2019). Two Journalists Warn That “Weak Christianity” Is Killing the West. The New American. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. Duke, Selwyn (March 6, 2019). Empowering Socialism: Some Republicans Caving on Climate Change. The New American. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  9. Multiple references: Pro-life response:
  10. Multiple references: See also:
  11. Multiple references:
  12. Williams, Thomas D. (June 24, 2018). Williams: For the Establishment, Anything Not Them Is ‘Far Right’. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  13. Duke, Selwyn (December 10, 2018). Another Supposed “Far Right” Party Rises in Europe. The New American. Retrieved December 10, 2018.