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Saturday, August 7, 2010

EXTREMISM

Extremist and extremism are often misused and confusing terms to the casual political observer. Often the MSM is more likely to use the term when describing people on the right. Is actually comes down to the position of the person using the term. Someone on the far right might easily think of himself as moderate and someone who is a so-called moderate might be branded an extremist by many on the far left. In reality extremism and moderate have little meaning if one does not know the true position on the person using the words. This is a necessity in order to evaluate the position of someone. When I hear these words moderate or extremist I always ask who is saying that and what is their position. By using these words one is more likely branding himself than others, with what ever label he uses.

Today's extremist could be tomorrows moderate or today's moderate could become tomorrows extremist. Its not how others look at you and your positions, but rather how you look at yourself and your views that really counts. Things are always changing and the old and new orders will always be in conflict and will continue to replace each other as part of this protracted conflict. So in reality the words have little meaning other than to accentuate one's own position

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6 comments:

Matt said...

Very well said. The founders were radicals then. They're considered the same now. In both situations, they were framed as such by tyrannical systems.

Randy-g said...

Count me as an extremist! I took saying the pledge for granted all those years ago....

VL said...

great post, and an excellent reminder to us all.

John Carey said...

Excellent post Ron. I guess I would be considered an extremist because my views are grounded in the principles of that of the Founders. So I'll return the favor and call liberal, progressives, socialists, and communists, protraying themselves as Democrats extremists. I'm can live with that!

WomanHonorThyself said...

By using these words one is more likely branding himself than others, with what ever label he uses....true true Ron!

MK said...

Hope things are going alright Ron.

As for the tag extremist, it's been used for years by the left to smear their opponents.

These days when i hear someone saying extremist, most often i know they're full of sh!t and is a liberal douche.