Has the Republican Party Been Hijacked by Extremists?
Ever since the election back in November, all I have been seeing in print an on the news media is how the Republican Party has been hijacked by extremists.
My wife showed me something on Pinterest, where a friend had posted about a book, ostensibly written by a Republican AND a Democrat, and the premise of the book was how the Republican Party has become too extreme. Have they, or do the Democrats have better spin doctors?
Let me ask this.
Is it extreme to want to reduce the amount of debt that other countries (China) hold?
Is it extreme to want the Fed to stop printing money like there is no tomorrow?
Is it extreme to want abortions to be rare, instead of used as a form of birth control?
Is it extreme to want to protect our Constitutional rights?
Is it extreme to want our taxes to remain low?
Is it extreme to want people to be able to work and advance in their lives instead of having everything handed to them?
Yet it isn’t extreme for the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to call for the President to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling without the House’s approval (and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has recently done the same thing), via the 14th Amendment, which states that the “validity of the debt shall not be questioned”, even though borrowing money to pay the debt is the domain of the House according to the Constitution.
So, Occupy Wall Street is not extreme, despite the amount of damage done by them, and how much the tax payers had to pay to clean up and fix the damage. Here in Portland, Oregon, the taxpayers were on the hook for a couple of hundred thousand dollars to clean a park taken over by them, that still smelled like a sewer for weeks afterwards. The same park where drug use was rampant, rapes occurred, windows were broken out of businesses and people defecated on police cars.
But that’s not extreme.
It’s not extreme to demand that someone else pay your student loans. I know, student loans suck, I’ve had to pay them. But education is not free. Someone pays for every level of education.
It’s not extreme to call for forced confiscation of all guns by the state, despite a Constitutional guarantee that we can have them.
So, who are the extremists, really? Just because Republicans oppose the Democrat agenda does not make them extreme, any more than Democrats opposing the Republican agenda makes them extreme.
Unfortunately, the media controls the message, and as long as the nightly news and the Daily Show/Colbert Report paints conservatives as extremists, a lot of people will continue to believe that.