Leftists, liberals, progressives, Marxists and socialists (LLPMS) and other assorted Democrats frequently use the word extremists to describe conservative Republicans. Thomas F. Schaller, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, in an American Prospect (www.prospect.org) article tries to explain why Republicans keep winning elections but have, in his view, unpopular ideas, e.g. traditional marriage.
Schaller puzzles over a leftist conundrum that in a “(politically) 50-50 nation, Republicans have learned how to have their extremist cake and eat it too.” Other progressive writers at this magazine call Republican electoral successes, “no-cost extremism.”
These people partly attribute that success to “a larger and more intensely committed activist core, stronger media…the ability to prevent government from acting effectively” and, of course, “more money.” They also believe that Republican successes result from structural conditions because smaller and less populated States have equal numbers of senators as do larger, heavily populated States; from “socio-economic differences”; and through their “use of strategic gerrymandering in the creation of House districts.”
Real, true conservatives I have heard would take strong exception to these statements. In fact, most of the above strategies are more often used by Democrats rather than Republicans. Further, many conservatives complain that the Republicans are feckless in dealing with the Obama administration and his rabid supporters. They allow Obama to bluff and intimidate them much of the time. He privately ignores them, as though they are inconsequential to his phone-and-pen, and leading-from-behind weak, weaselly style.
Even Schaller seems to acknowledge that Republicans aren’t extreme in their views. He writes, not only are they the Party of “no,” but “they are content to have government do nothing.” Well, that rather defines the word conservative: adj. 1.Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change. Conservatives don’t oppose change unless it is destructive to traditional values, institutions and our economy—the definition of big, central government.
The Democrat ploy is obvious to anyone paying attention to national politics. They falsely accuse Republicans of the deceptive strategies they frequently use. They show extremism in trying to radically change America: using fascistic federal powers to take private property and curtail our personal liberties; trying to do away with our traditional low-cost, efficient energy sources; redefining the definition and practice of marriage; overtly supporting foreign activists promoting open borders; attacking our Christian and other cultural symbols and speech; tolerating black dysfunctions and crime in inner cities; ignoring and distorting our Constitution; destroying family structures with rampant government welfare; forcing their radical ideas as counterculture into our education systems—the list goes on and on.
The hypocrisy of the extreme left is despicable. A defining characteristic associated with their politics is deceit. They have not been successful in winning the hearts and minds of more than half of all Americans (as Schaller admits) with their radical ideas. So they resort to accusations of misdeeds that they have perfected. And they have no compunction to use outright lies, false propaganda and shameful distortions of truth to accomplish their delusional goals.