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Before Barack Obama was elected president, he served about three years in the US Senate, during which time his voting record was further left than any other Senator. Then, during her campaign, Hillary Clinton was asked (twice) what was the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist, and she couldn’t answer. All this, after decades of passionate denials from Democrats that their politics were similar to socialists and communists. And then, in the two most recent presidential elections, the Democrat party very nearly nominated Bernie Sanders, a self-described lifelong socialist. Republicans have been decrying the recent trans-gender trend as more evidence of moving our culture further and further toward the extreme left, although many Democrats claim that is simply a straw man argument. Until President Biden nominated a transgender person to serve in his administration.
Meanwhile, Democrats claim that extremist Republicans are white nationalists, and they present a clear and present danger to American society. If this sounds absurd, try to understand the Democrats’ problem: finding an extremist Republican is not so easy. At the very least, the supply of Republican extremists seems to consistently fall short of the demand from the media and other Democrat propagandists. We’re pretty boring, overall, and in general we’re happy to live and let live. Those who don’t seek to control the lives of others are generally hard to describe as extremists. But the Democrats need Republican extremists, so they came up with white nationalists. Which I’m sure exist, although I’ve never encountered one. So they must be exceedingly rare.
But regardless of how rare they may be, the real difference is that Republicans do not elect such extremists to be President, they don’t appoint them to Presidential administrations, and they don’t present them as symbolic of the Republican party as a whole. If there are right-wing extremists, the Republican party ignores them. But there are clearly lots of left-wing extremists. And the Democrat party elects them. Consistently. That’s a big difference.
Again, ‘extremists’ don’t really have a role in such a naturally understated group as Republicans. There are Republicans who don’t like Ted Cruz because they think he’s ‘too extreme.’ Ok, Ted Cruz is a lot of things, but he’s certainly not as far right as Obama, Clinton, Sanders, and the transgender nominee are far left. Not even on the same scale.
Republicans avoid extremists. People like that are scary to conservatives.
And the media calls the Republican party ‘extreme,’ while praising the more ‘moderate’ Democrat party.
I wonder if this makes any sense to my Democrat-voting friends.Published in