Has the Republican Party Been Hijacked by Extremists?

Posted on January 12, 2013. Filed under: Politics |

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.

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2 Responses to “Has the Republican Party Been Hijacked by Extremists?”

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The rather obvious response to your headline would be something like, “Is the Pope Catholic?” Yeah, it’s extremist to want low taxes, but still demand high services. You have to pay for what you want. It’s extremist to wage wars off the books, outside of budgets. It’s extremist to want abortions low, but simultaneously oppose sex education and contraception coverage in health care plans. It’s extreme to cherry-pick WHICH Constitutional rights you want to defend, based on who contributes the most to your campaign. Most of all, it’s extremist to vote in automatic opposition to whatever a President of the other party proposes, whether or not it’s good for the country. There’s a reason cockroaches and head lice have higher approval ratings than the Republican House. They are too extreme.

First I would like to say thanks for reading. However, I find your definition of extreme to be pretty tame.

To me, extreme is flying airplanes into buildings. Extreme is blowing up buses to kill people, or pushing people in front of trains. Extreme is sending people off to camps to never be heard from again, simply because they disagree with you. Extreme is murdering and/or intimidating people to force them to submit to your will. Extreme is defecating on a police car during a “protest”. And yes, taking a semi-automatic rifle or handgun anywhere and shooting a lot of people is extreme. Nothing that you listed is “extreme”.

Yeah, it’s extremist to want low taxes, but still demand high services.

What high services are the Republicans demanding? I’m not talking about the so-called Republican leadership in Washington. I’m talking about the everyday Republicans that I know and talk to. They want the debt brought under control now, instead of doing what Washington does best, and kicks the proverbial can down the road to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Republican leadership has talked about entitlement reform to cut spending, but instead we get a President who has said that there is no spending problem. This from a man who has presided over a $7 trillion increase in the national debt in 4 years, vs. $5 trillion during both of Bush’s terms. I’m not trying to make Bush out to be a saint, because he isn’t. He made more than his share of mistakes as well, including cutting taxes while trying to fight two wars.

If you are talking about pork barrel spending, that’s a completely different animal.

It’s extremist to wage wars off the books, outside of budgets.

1. What budgets? The Democrat controlled Senate has not passed a budget at all while Obama has been President. This allows Congress to to spend and borrow money without constraint, and not have to report it to us. This is largely responsible for the large debt that continues to pile up.

2. What wars are these? Iraq and Afghanistan, whether you support them or not, were on the books. Anything outside of those two wars is an operation, not a war.

3. Unless, of course, you are referring to the seemingly never ending drone strikes that the President has authorized that has killed thousands of innocent people.

It’s extremist to want abortions low, but simultaneously oppose sex education and contraception coverage in health care plans.

That’s not extremist at all. People have the right to worship as they see fit, and many of them believe in abstinence. That’s their right under the Constitution, and the government has not right to tell religious institutions such as Notre Dame or Georgetown that they have to cover that when it goes against their religious beliefs. Whether you agree with it or not, that is their religious freedom under the First Amendment. If you consider that to be extreme, then you consider the whole of the Constitution to be extreme. If you want to have sex, pay for your own damn contraceptives.

It’s extreme to cherry-pick WHICH Constitutional rights you want to defend, based on who contributes the most to your campaign.

By this, I assume you are referring to the “evil” Koch brothers.

Democrat contributors:
George Soros
Bill Gates
Microsoft
UC Berkeley
Harvard University
United States government ($720,000)

And what Constitutional rights are being cherry picked? The 2nd Amendment? The 3rd? People are upset that the government is trying to overturn the 2nd Amendment, and are joining the NRA in record numbers. While it is not true of most lobbying groups, the NRA is made of people who wish to defend their rights in a peaceful manner, and not have to resort to “other means”. To suggest that the Democrats are not owned lock, stock and barrel by Soros and Gates is naive at best.

Most of all, it’s extremist to vote in automatic opposition to whatever a President of the other party proposes, whether or not it’s good for the country.

So, by your own admission, the Democrats during Bush’s terms were extremists, because that is exactly what they did.

And why on earth should someone jump on board for something that isn’t good for the country? That makes absolutely no sense.

We can agree to disagree. Nothing wrong with that at all.


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