Mainstream media and politicians alike take great pleasure
in describing the phenomenon known as the Tea Party Movement as extremists and
their agenda as cataclysmic. Any candidate or national figure who aligns
himself or herself with the movement is ascribed the most impure of motives,
and denounced, derided, and ridiculed as “fringe,” “kooks,” and “extremists,”
in an effort to discredit them.
One local columnist went so far in her Jeremiad as to
proclaim, “This midterm election, where the crop of conservative candidates
looks more and more set on a takeover of American government, and promulgating
a program of a dissolution of basic human rights, the decline and fall of the
Great American Empire is becoming more of a sure thing.”
Anther local columnist today takes aim at the “extremists”
by employing one of the most specious and egregious logical errors, the ad
hominem fallacy, in an attempt to discredit and cast aspersions on this true
In light of such assertions and lunacy, it’s incumbent upon
us to be an even more informed and vigilant electorate. And as is usually the
case when it comes to mainstream media, we must employ reason and look past the
monikers and labels to understand what is being stereotyped as “extremism.”
The “extremists” believe that in a representative republic
we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and that
our elected officials are required to listen to the will of the people. Those
in control now believe in their arrogance that, due to their supremely
enlightened status, they know what’s best for the people far better than we do;
that they don’t have to listen to us and that they can usurp our rights,
cramming down our collective throats any and all legislation they see fit to impose
The “extremists” believe that the Constitution purposefully
delineates the limited powers of government in order to maximize individual
freedom and liberty. Those currently in power believe the Constitution to be
irrelevant and they can do whatever they can get away with in imposing
governmental restraints upon their subjects.
“Extremists” believe that the nation was founded on liberty
and individual freedom, and that the more government intrusion there is in our
daily lives the more those freedoms are limited. The statists in control now
harbor a nanny state mentality where government should do more in micromanaging
our lives, including kinds of light bulbs to use, what kind of cars to drive,
how much energy we should consume, what kinds of foods and beverages we should
consume, and how we use our own personal property.
The “extremists” believe that the government should be
beholden to the same financial restraints that we as individuals are, and that
we shouldn’t spend what we don’t have. They believe that it’s illogical to
presume that spending three times more than you receive in income or revenue is
sustainable and that unrestrained spending threatens to bankrupt the nation and
destroy the republic. Those in control now think they have a blank check to
spend however much they want on whatever they want.
believe in free market economies, not only because they work, but because they
afford the most freedom to hard-working Americans. Those in power now, as
evidenced by their actions, believe in government control of the economy and in
dictating terms and conditions on all aspects of commercial activity.
“Extremists” believe that Americans have inalienable rights
including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And unlike the president
who twice in as many weeks has quoted the Declaration of Independence excluding
any reference to deity, they believe those rights are granted by our Creator,
not by government. The statists in control now believe in the rights of
government to control, curtail, eliminate, or create new “rights.”
“Extremists” believe that the fruits of labor belong to the
laborer, that what we earn is ours. The powers in Washington believe that our
income belongs to them, and they alone should determine how much of it they
would allow us to retain.
In short, those who are labeled as “extremists” by the power
elitists in Washington and the mainstream media are in reality, just ordinary
mainstream Americans who, like Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers, believe
in this nation and the principles upon which it was founded. The real
extremists are those who are seeking to destroy what America has stood for and
are attempting to “fundamentally transform” it into something very un-American.
The real extremists are the ones in control now!