Oct 31 2007
Maybe it is because we see where endless extremism takes people when we look at the atrocities in Iraq, and maybe we see the zero sum game of political extremism taken to absurd levels in the vacuous results from Comgress, and maybe it is just because we are all tired of the Chicken Little cries of impending historical doom from the far left and far right, but for these and possibly other reasons it seems clear the country is getting tired of the fringes in the country.
Tony Blankley writes about the self destructive nature of ‘my way or I’ll assasinate your reputation” style of conservatives going after conservatives today. It is a good read. We see it happening on both the left and right as the two far opposing extremist camps on the left and right drive for ‘purity’. One of my commentators wrote that KoS called CA Sen Feinstein a rightwing conservative (paraphrasing). Geez, that puts KoS so far left he ain’t in the country anymore.
We see the signs everywhere. Tancredo stepping down presumably because the GOP is not pure enough for his liking. Its everwhere. And its about time this country took this step to get rid of those who go ape over any compromise, any progress because of purity of cause. America is NOT about purity of cause, it is about Democracy and power of the people to decide how things should be. Purity is about a select few determining for the rest of us how things should be.
The purity wars are playing out and it would seem to me political extremism is the one losing – left and right. Want to gain political power in this time period of American history? Open your minds to opportunities, open your minds to new ideas, open your minds to new partnerships, and never close your minds to purity.