Friday, September 17, 2010


Extreme, Me!
(by R.P.Edwards)

I love babies
And how they learn
I love coal
In a careful…burn
I love love
In the married way
One man, one woman
Who never…stray
I love our country
A sovereign “one”
I love our borders
But I’m not done!
I love this Republic
The founder’s view
That makes me “extreme”
Now…how about you?

Let’s hear it for extremists! Yes, those hardy hell raisers who dance on the edge; frolic on the fringe; flirt with…fanaticism.  Of course, I’m not speaking of bomb throwers (literal) or goose steppers.  No, I’m talkin’ about those radicals that had their voice heard in the recent republican primaries.  Yes (dare I say it) …conservatives (gasp). And the even more vile variety, Christian conservatives! (gasp, gasp!)

Here’s what Tribune writer, Kathleen Hennessey, had to say about these (ew!) zealots.

“All the candidates have called for a repeal of President Barack Obama's health care bill. Some have advocated deep changes to Social Security, eliminating the Department of Education, cutting environmental regulation and withdrawing from the United Nations. Democrats believe they have helped cement an image of GOP extremism out of step with voters.” 

Out of step.  Don’t you love that?  Let’s go down the list.  Let me see; If you want the bloated, inefficient, budget busting healthcare monstrosity known as Obamacare stopped, or at least, pruned; you’re an extremist. If you want Social Security actually “fixed” so it doesn’t go bankrupt…you’re an extremist.  If you want to stop paying into the America hating, socialism loving United Nations…you’re an extremist.  If you actually want more of a hand in your kids education, trying to deflect some of the leftward bilge from monopolistic Department of E…you’re an extremist.  If you want the U.S. to actually "use" our God given natural resources instead of being held hostage to anti-American're an extremist.  And, although not mentioned in Ms Hennessey’s paragraph above, if you favor traditional marriage and believe children have a right to be born; well…you’re an extremist.

Now, let’s hear what South Carolina Senator, Jim DeMint has to say on the subject:

“I don’t want the majority back if we don’t believe anything…If we want the numbers; if we want the majority, then we’re going to have to stand on some principles that the American people believe in…it’s uniting America around a common platform of constitutional, limited government.  Free people. Free markets.  Judeo Christian values. Simple concepts that I don’t consider political; I just consider them the core principles that made our country great”

Now, granted, if you’re used to wallowing in the mire, a bar of soap…is extreme.  If you’re used to sipping sewage… Zero water is yucky and, if you’re used to eating spoiled, foul fare…then meat and potatoes…is repulsive.

You see, extremism is in the eyes of the beholder.  And, though some slanted mediaites and leftward leaning politicians are repulsed by the “righting of the ship,” I dare say, when the choices are made clear to the general public, they’ll place the “extremist” label…where it really belongs.


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