“Extremists” Are Everyday Americans
- 3 October 2010 by Author 0 Comments
“Extremists” Are Everyday Americans
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 10/03/10
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 grass-roots movement.
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 on us.
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.
“Extremists” 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!
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at email@example.com.