WAPO Says: We Are Extremists…

It has obviously been determined, some time ago, by the Washington Post, and others of its ilk, that Republicans are ideological extremists and that ‘conservative’ Republicans are even worse.  This was the conclusion in a piece written by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein way back on April 27, 2012.  The title of that piece was:  “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.”

The two authors covered their respective tracks by saying:  “We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional.  In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted.  Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”  The piece went on to say: “The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics.  It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”  “When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.”

The separation between their philosophy and beliefs and those of conservatives is so broad as to make it nearly impossible to find a middle ground.  These two people obviously believed everything they were expressing was dead-on correct.  Given this base belief in their ‘heart of hearts’, there is obviously virtually no room for legitimate debate or compromise.  Compromise from their perspectives would be the complete reversal of the things you and I and other conservatives hold to be base truths.  Compromise, to these two and likely to far more on the liberal branch of the tree that is America, would amount to us conservatives completely disavowing that for which we stand.

Again, this opinion was written in 2012; much has changed since that time a half-decade ago, and the change has been an even greater separation between liberals and conservatives.

So, in their belief system, we are definitely the problem and that seems so extreme a belief that we would be wise to not waste time on trying to find a compromise on almost any issue in Congress today.  We should have the majority if the kindergartners in the Republican majority could see the forest for the trees.  We should be passing bills to make the laws we believe must be made rather than to try to finesse and find a compromise on each and every Bill while we fight each other on an ideological battlefield that some see while others wonder why nothing gets done.

Ask yourself, if the Dems were in the majority such as the Republicans have today, would there be any compromising going on? Or would the Republicans look like something run over by the steamroller that flattens blacktop?  We both know the answer.  A tiny group in the Senate who shall go unnamed today ought to be hanging their heads in shame…but they’re apparently not wise enough to comprehend what they do TO you and me while professing to do things FOR us.

Why, then, is it always up to us to find a compromise?  When we go into discussions with that hanging over our collective heads, we are destined to perpetuate the Democrats always finding ways to hamper our quest.

There is a certainty that us Republicans, and especially us Conservatives, will be blamed for anything and everything the Dems can think of to heap upon us.  That is the reality today and we’ll do virtually nothing to make that go away by continually trying to negotiate agreements with the Dems.

If the Dems like the idea of labeling us “extremists”, we really ought to be seizing that mantle as necessary to make new laws and to end old liberal-leaning laws that are on the books causing things to grind along slowly if and when they move at all.

Unless and until we show them the folly of their ways, they’ll perpetuate their current actions or inactions to our detriment while they try to feather their own nests.


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