Why aren't liberal Democrats ever called 'extremists'?

Ken 2012/06/16 17:36:07



Why aren't liberal Democrats ever called 'extremists'?

Jeb Bush typifies the self-loathing of too many conservatives

By Cal Thomas

6:00 AM EDT, June 16, 2012

Don't you find it odd that the word "extremism" seems to apply
only to conservative Republicans? Terminology often drives political
discourse, and those who control the terms often determine the outcome.

Republicans have too often been uncomfortable in their own skin. When
they win elections, they sometimes seem unsure of what to do next.
Democrats never seem to have this problem. They operate according to
their core convictions and are never considered extreme. Instead, they
are moderate, even normal. When Republicans stick to their convictions,
they are branded with a scarlet "E."

Former Florida Governor Jeb
Bush raised the extremist issue last Monday in New York at a breakfast
for reporters sponsored by Bloomberg View.

As reported by Jim
Rutenberg in The New York Times, Mr. Bush said Ronald Reagan and Mr.
Bush's father, the former president, would have a "hard time" fitting in
with a GOP led by the tea party movement. Mr. Bush said George H.W.
Bush and Reagan would struggle with "an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for
disagreement." Mr. Bush's father agreed with Democrats on raising
taxes, breaking his pledge not to, and was defeated for re-election. Is
this the path Jeb Bush recommends for Republicans: agree with Democrats
and lose elections?

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.

President Obama
favors a legal right to abortion.[Actually Obama favors abortion on demand, anytime, any place!] As a member of the Illinois
legislature, Mr. Obama refused to support the "Born-alive Infants
Protection Act," which extends legal protection to an infant born alive
after a failed induced abortion, even if the child could not survive.
Senator Obama saw the bill as a roundabout attack on a woman's abortion
rights and voted against it.[Three times he voted against it and then lied about his votes when the issue came up during the 2008 campaign!] Extremism?

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

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 Mr. King: "My desire is to be as independent as I can be, as long
as I can be, subject to being effective."

What does "effective"
mean? If Democrats want to raise taxes and spending, would Mr. King go
along just to maintain his "moderate" and "effective" image? Does
"getting things done" mean not caring what things are done? [Great question, succinct and to-the-point.]

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. [Amen to that!!!]

Is that extreme, or are the real extremists people who favor open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens?

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.

Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist. His email is tmseditors@tribune.com.

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  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/16 18:57:49
    Kane Fernau
    Democrats control the mainstream media. To them church going Christians are a bigger threat than Al Queda.

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  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2012/06/18 12:42:35
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    Because they are all centre right moderates.
  • Ken Sodahea... 2012/06/18 18:12:19
    Please give us a break!
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/06/18 05:05:38
    Well the reason is because extremist does not even begin to describe them. Assassin of the Constitution is just to long.
  • Dwight 2012/06/17 15:14:54
    I think having a Liberal member of the Democrat media call me an extremist is a good thing.
    Think about it, when they say "extremist opinion" they mean one that is far away from where they stand themselves on the political spectrum.

    So considering where they are standing on issues, I don't mind being extreme.
  • JT For Political Reform 2012/06/17 11:27:14
    JT For Political Reform
    The libs own the media and both are not only extremists but also terrorists.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/06/16 23:14:17
    Because the media are at the same extreme as the liberals.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/06/16 18:57:49
    Kane Fernau
    Democrats control the mainstream media. To them church going Christians are a bigger threat than Al Queda.
  • Ken Kane Fe... 2012/06/17 23:17:09
    Rosie O'Donnell: "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state. We're a democracy here."

    I would like to ask Ms. O'Donnell just what 'Radical Christianity' is, in her opinion, and how it is as threatening as suicide-bombing radical Islamists.
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/06/16 17:42:29
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Good article.
  • Ken tommyg ... 2012/06/16 17:45:06
    I thought so. Thomas asks all the right questions.

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