Manifesto of a Right-Wing Extremist
Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, was exposed this week for engaging in a coordinated effort to paint Republicans, and especially those with ties to the TEA Party movement, as “extremists”. Speaking to fellow Senate Democrats (and not realizing that the media had already been connected in on the conference call), Schumer explained that he “always use[s] the word extreme”, because “that is what the caucus instructed me to use this week”. This intentional attempt at character assassination comes because House Speaker Boehner is getting pressure from freshmen Republicans and the conservative base to do something more than offer lip service to fiscal responsibility.
Indeed, the problem is not that Republicans are too extreme. The problem is that they are not extreme enough; the $61 billion in budget cuts, from a $3.78 trillion dollar budget which increases the deficit by about a trillion and a half dollars, is little more than a rounding error. Much deeper cuts to spending are necessary if we are to get our fiscal house in order, and Republicans had better show some spine and get serious if they expect to keep the support of conservatives and the majority of independents come November 2012.
To be sure though, any Republican with an ounce of intelligence and awareness knew these attacks would come. After all, this is an administration who refuses to acknowledge the radical Islamic roots of the terrorist attacks on American soil over the last few years, yet whose Department of Homeland Security two years ago published a report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”. Obama himself has repeatedly refers to his political opposition as being extreme and dangerous.
A liberal friend recently told me that I am a right-wing extremist, so I asked him to define the views that I held that he considered “extreme”. Rather than giving me specific examples, he told me that all of my views were out of the mainstream and that most people don’t agree with me (an assertion I dispute since polling over the last two years shows those calling themselves conservative are about 45% of the population, with only about 20% calling themselves liberal, and the remaining moderates having turned out in droves to elect Republicans last November).
He then made a statement which is so quintessentially liberal in its nature, which so perfectly captures the liberal mindset of groupthink, that it made me chuckle. He told me that it did not matter whether my beliefs are right or wrong, it matters only that most people disagree with me (again, am assertion which I do not concede). I’m guessing that there are millions of blacks throughout America today that are glad that a bunch of hardheaded white men and women were undaunted in their efforts to end slavery despite it being a definite minority of public opinion 160 years ago.
At this point, I am ready to embrace the label of “extremist”, so long as we can define the term. No more of these ad hominem attacks where accusations are made without offering proof or definition.
Am I an extremist? It depends on how you define extreme.
If you define extremism as being a strict constitutional constructionist, showing allegiance to that document above all other laws and policies, then yes, I am an extremist, and proudly so. I believe that the Founding Fathers intended the Constitution to be the bedrock of the American republic, the foundation upon which all government in this nation is built. It was meant to be as granite, and not the shifting sands of a “living” Constitution, where the law means only what a particular judge wants it to be, or what honey-tongued politicians promising free lunches on the backs of others can convince 50% plus one of the voters to vote for.
If you define extremism as believing deeply that this is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and that those principles lay the foundation for the greatest nation in history, a nation which has done more to protect the weak, to create an environment where people can succeed regardless of race, religion or station at birth, then yes, I am an extremist. I reject the multiculturalists’ moral relativist drivel that states that our culture is no better than any other. Our culture is superior to all others, and we should be unapologetic about it. We have dozens of religions that peacefully coexist. We protect the rights of the minority from the oppression of the minority. Every man and woman in this country has the opportunity to succeed if they are driven to educate themselves and work hard. So if that belief makes me extreme, then paint me extremist.
If you define extremism as believing that the federal government should be restricted to only those functions outlined by the Constitution, with all other powers and functions being reserved to the states or the people, then I am an extremist. The Founders would be appalled at the gaping maw of the federal leviathan that we have allowed to become an untamable beast, which sees itself as the master of the people instead of the servant, demanding we bow prostrate before it and meekly submitting to every tax, regulation and usurpation of rights granted by God. If it is extreme to believe that I am a sovereign citizen who answers only to God, and that my government answers to me, then absolutely, I am an extremist.
If you think it is extremist to demand that government be required to live within its means like its citizens do, and not load up future generations with perpetual debt, bankrupting their futures; then most definitely, I am an extremist. It is a moral evil to turn future generations into slaves so that we can indulge ourselves today.
If you define extremism as someone that believes that life begins at conception, that all life is sacred and should be defended, that killing unborn children because they are inconvenient is the holocaust of our day and is a great moral sin, then without a doubt, unequivocally, I am en extremist of the first order. Our liberal friends rightly decry the evil that Hitler perpetuated upon six million Jews, gunning them down or walking them through gas chambers before bulldozing their bodies into massive pits which became their graves. Yet, they defend the slaughter of more than 50 million of the most precious, innocent and defenseless lives…the unborn human child…and not only defend it but demand taxpayers fund this genocide. Why? Because apparently genocide is acceptable as long as it is done in America and not Germany, and as long as sign on the front door of these death chambers reads “Planned Parenthood” instead of “Auschwitz” or “Buchenwald”.
So, am I am extremist? It depends on how you define the term. If believing in the sanctity of life, in the rule of law above the rule of men, in rejecting legalized theft even if done under the patina of legitimacy granted by government, in living within our means, in knowing that ours is the greatest country and culture on the face of the earth…if these things are extreme, then most assuredly I am an extremist, and will embrace it without shame and with a smile on my face when I meet my Creator. However, if these beliefs ARE extreme in our society today, then it says more about how far society has degenerated than it does about me.
Being an eternal optimist (and a full-time cynic…how do you reconcile the two?), I believe that these views are neither extreme, nor that the majority of Americans view them as extreme. I believe that the majority of Americans understand intuitively that these things are what make us great, and that they embrace them as well. And that, my friends, gives me hope for America despite our current plight. All that it takes to again make America that shining city on a hill is for us to stand up for what we know is right. Is that so hard?