Republicans attack their extremists, Democrats nominate theirs for President

MFP & co. Published October 18, 2013

Consider the following:

All four are immeasurably more insane than the most parodic caricatures of Sharron Angle or Todd Akin.

Yet it is Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock, and other Tea Party candidates that are perceived as the extremists.

Why?

Normalcy Bias

It’s not just media bias.

Progressives employ incrementalism and a form of normalcy bias to shift the political center. In the process, they legitimize their extremists, while marginalizing ours…

This is a process without end. As soon as society at large accepts their position, progressives adopt a more extreme one. In doing so, the conservative position– once perfectly acceptable– becomes more and more marginalized.

Eventually, liberals will embrace post-birth abortions– normalizing late-term abortions.
Eventually, incest– normalizing polygamy.
Eventually, martial law– normalizing gun confiscation.

In such an environment, the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment positions will be so far outside the mainstream that they will be comparable to hate speech.

An Elusive Center

The political center is not static.

When mainstream Republicans distance themselves from the far-right, while mainstream Democrats openly embrace the far-left– Republicans are unwittingly shifting the political ground in Democrats’ favor.

Republican moderation legitimizes liberal extremism, while marginalizing traditional conservatism.

In the current political environment, which the GOP helped shape by disavowing their radicals– Sharron Angle and Todd Akin are extremists. But so too would be Ronald Reagan– a staunchly pro-life Christian who unapologetically opposed gay adoption, gay marriage, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Radicalism Wins

By definition, moderates are too even-tempered and/or uninterested to pull society in one direction or another. For better or worse, history is shaped by the extremist.

  • 1/3 of the colonists dragged the rest into revolt against the crown.
  • What began as a small group of abolitionists succeeded in banning what was a regular practice for 99.9% of human history.
  • Gay rights “radicals” have all but won the gay marriage issue.

Republicans will embrace their extremists, or be ruled by the tyranny of the radical Left.

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