September 28, 2011
Extremism, along with its permutations, is a word tossed about with casual abandon and regularity today. It’s like all sides have read the memo dictating its use.
Right wing extremists
Extremist and extremism are good words to minimize truth. They are good words to marginalize people and issues.
Are not Muslim “extremists” actually the truest Muslims? Are they not the ones most like their founder, Mohammed?
Like the ordinary citizens who have been drawn to the Tea Party movement (energized by one spontaneous speech during a nationally televised newscast), Constitutional “extremists” are the ones who believe what the Founders and framers of the Constitution believed. That is: government should be strictly limited, and they govern by our permission.
Why is it that people who have conviction and adhere to the principles and ideas of the originators of their movements are called extremists? I think it’s because people don’t want to acknowledge the truth.
People are saying that those who believe we should live by the Constitution of these United States with its vigorously limited government, and that we should stick with the vision of the Founders, are extremists.
That’s akin to saying that people who think we should closely follow the owner’s manual for our cars are extremists.