Terminology often drives political discourse and those who control the terms often determine the outcome.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush raised the extremist issue recently in New York at a breakfast for reporters sponsored by Bloomberg View.
Why does this approach appear to apply only to Republicans and not Democrats? Congressional Democrats recently had an opportunity to prove their moderation by voting in favor of a bill that would have outlawed sex-selection abortions. Most Democrats (and a few Republicans) refused to vote for the measure.
Can anyone name a top aide to President Obama who is pro-life or who favors less spending, smaller government and lower taxes? Where are the “moderates” in his administration?
In Maine, former Republican Governor Angus King is running for the U.S. Senate. A Washington Post story headlined: “Angus King makes a last stand for moderation in Maine Senate race.” The story quotes King: “My desire is to be as independent as I can be, as long as I can be, subject to being effective.”
The Tea Party exists because its members are weary of the games played by Washington politicians. When they vote for Republicans, they don’t expect them to go to Washington and cut deals that allow the liberal agenda to advance. They want to see real reform, including a reversal of the cultural decline that offends their beliefs. Why aren’t liberals who are attacking the economic and moral foundations of the country the real extremists?
In his breakfast meeting with reporters, Jeb Bush mentioned the need for immigration reform and a change in tone about how illegal immigrants are dealt with. He is right, but that doesn’t make people who want to control our borders and enforce our laws extremists. It isn’t either-or, it’s both, but a nation that cannot, or will not, control its borders will not continue to be the nation it has been or the one most people love and want to preserve.
Is that extreme, or are the real extremists people who favor open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens?
Many Republicans, it seems, would sooner be called anything but an extremist. Too many of them abandon their convictions at the sound of the word, eagerly desiring the approval of the liberal establishment. Such people are only making a stopover on the way to a destination called liberal extremism.
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