Senator Chuck Schumer called the GOP “extreme”.
Senator Carl Levin called the GOPs budget cuts, “far too extreme”
Senator Barbara Boxer called on Speaker Boehner to “abandon the extreme right wing.”
You get the idea.
Liberals try to paint us as extremists, as if that’s a bad thing! But the word extreme only described the degree of the departure from the norm. It doesn’t answer the question, “An extremists…for what?”
Yes, you can have extreme amounts of hatred, jealousy, and vice. But you can also have extreme amounts of courage, strength, and virtue.
In our case, we are extremists for LIBERTY! And that’s a good thing!
Here’s Martin Luther King, Jr, in his brilliant work of art “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, 1963 (That’s his mugshot in the picture below):
But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Was not Amos an extremist for justice: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.” Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Was not Martin Luther an extremist: “Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God.” And John Bunyan: “I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.” And Abraham Lincoln: “This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” And Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . .
So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
Barry Goldwater, Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech, 1964:
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
And why is it, when the big spending liberals champion a status quo where in March we spent 8 times as much as we took in – an amount unprecedented in American history – why is THAT not extreme? Why are WE, the people who want to confront “the most predictable economic crisis in history” and solve it, why are WE the extremists?
Senator Rand Paul spoke in Iowa on March 21:
It’s not enough just to be a Republican. It’s not enough just for the Republican parties to exist. Political parties are empty vessels unless we imbue them with values. We have to stand for something, and we have to mean it.
So let’s stand up for freedom and liberty; not moderate amounts of each, but EXTREME amounts of both!