It's interesting to see the sort of message being promulgated by the White House. Here's one of the latest ones I've gotten:
Från: "Jim Messina, BarackObama.com"
Datum: 3. jan. 2012 23.50.32 GMT-09.00
Till: Mad Hatter
Ämne: This is not a joke
Svara till: firstname.lastname@example.org
These Republican candidates spent in some cases more than a year -- in Mitt Romney's case seven years -- campaigning in Iowa to be the next president.
But tonight, GOP voters there couldn't decisively get behind anyone.
Who exactly leads the Republican race going forward isn't clear, but we do know two things:
1) The extremist Tea Party agenda won a clear victory. No matter who the Republicans nominate, we'll be running against someone who has embraced that agenda in order to win -- vowing to let Wall Street write its own rules, end Medicare as we know it, roll back gay rights, leave the troops in Iraq indefinitely, restrict a woman's right to choose, and gut Social Security to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.
"The extremist Tea Party." I've heard this thrown around a lot. "That Tea Party--it's extremist." When I ask a Leftie to clarify "extremist," I usually get a lot of stammering. They can parrot the punch-words and party lines circulating in their circles, but they can't back them up.
I'll tell you what "extremist" is--an extremist circumvents Rule of Law for the sake of an agenda.
- An Extremist will Violate the War Powers Act to engage in a conflict we have no national interest in, to score political points.
- An Extremist will Ignore the Constitution to install political appointees.
- An Extremist will Ignore Judicial Ruling on a matter unfavorable to his agenda.
- An Extremist will Circumvent the Legislative Process when his agenda is not pushed through.
- An Extremist will Arbitrarily Wave Off Items in a Law He Signed that he does not agree with.
- An Extremist will Confide in His Allies that the Constitution can be Circumvented.
You get the idea. I'm telling you, Obama is a member of the Autocrat Party, not Democrat.
But here's another thing about "extremist" and "right-wing." People who throw these terms around usually tend to be so far to the Left that even Woodrow Wilson looks Conservative.
The main disseminators of information in this country--Media and Academia, are demonstrably left-leaning. And since both groups tend to move in ideologically incestuous circles (the likes of which would make the rednecks they like to mock blush), the lack of cross-pollination leaves them to conclude that their views are "normal" while all others are "extreme."
So, when I hear a Leftie--be it a Progtard, Occupooper, Demorrhoid, what have you--talk about the Tea Party as "extremist," I know it's because they really don't get out much.