Democrats have declared that the greatest danger to America is “extremists” and their media and social media handmaidens are doing everything possible to identify and silence so-called “extremists” – of course, always defining that as “rightwing extremists.” I guess they’d include this couple, who are being treated like terrorists even though they never even entered the Capitol on January 6th. They're victims of mistaken identity.
Just as many Republicans were once depicted as a “far-right” but not even Ted Kennedy was called “far-left,” only conservatives can be “extremists,” and hence “dangerous.” If you see an America-hating, communist-sympathizing Antifa mob attacking cops, looting stores or trying to burn down a federal building, you can rest easy knowing that as long as they’re on the left, at least they’re not “dangerous extremists.”
I’ve been wondering if anyone in the media was ever going to bring up the famous quote from the late Senator Barry Goldwater (smeared by the media in his day as a dangerous extremist and later lauded as a statesman): “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” So I’m glad that in this Fourth of July essay, Hannah Cox of the Foundation for Economic Education does that and reminds us that Americans have always been “extremists.”
She makes the excellent point that the Founding Fathers were, by current definitions, incredible extremists. For millennia, slavery, indentured servitude and rule by sword or divine right were the status quo. Ideas like freedom, democracy, human rights and leaders deriving their power from the consent of the governed were absolutely unheard of. Yet the Founders declared them to be both God-given and self-evident. Talk about extremists!
Ms Cox writes:
“I always find it odd that America alone is criticized for injustices such as slavery, racism, inequality, and civil rights violations. It’s as if the vast majority of people are truly under the impression these injustices only ever happened here. In truth, the entirety of human history is marred by these evils, and in many places, you’ll find much worse conditions for civil liberties to this day.”
She also makes the good point that the USA has often failed to live up to the lofty standards set out by the Founders, but there are two big differences between us and the nations that people flee to come here: we are constantly striving to make things better (and with great success, although leftwing extremists refuse to admit it), and those other nations never even attempted to live up to those standards.
Read the whole thing. It will remind you that it’s been America’s “extremists” in the causes of liberty and justice who have made this the free nation so many people are desperate to join. I’d also remind America’s leftwing extremists who hate this nation that another great thing about living in a free country is that, unlike in Cuba or China, they are free to pack up and move someplace they think is better anytime they please.