Given that the political season is in full swing, I’m noticing an increase in the number of “extremist” labels hurled at conservatives in general and Tea Partiers in particular. Apparently that is easier then addressing the issues and arguments themselves, but it seems more like a concession speech to me.
Those who hyperventilate about the “radical right” (or “extremists,” “fundie nutjobs,” “wacky fundies,” or other eloquent terms of endearment) are either disingenuous or really bad at math, because the majority of Americans share our views on the most controversial topics. Consider this by Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason:
A poll of readers of the L.A. Times once showed that, in the area of abortion, prayer, in school, homosexuality and traditional family values, the majority of Americans agree with so-called “extreme fundamentalists.” 70% of Americans believe that the traditional family structure is always best; 76% favor prayer in public schools; 55% are against legalized abortion; 61% think that homosexual relations are always wrong. These are the views of the “radical right,” but these are also the views of a majority of rank and file Americans.
Let that bolster your confidence, the next time you’re being marginalized for your conservative moral values. The “radical right” isn’t so radical. It’s actually mainstream.
If they think we’re so extreme, why don’t they just use their faux majority to elect legislators to legalize partial-birth abortion and such? Then they wouldn’t need judges to ignore their duties and make up their own laws.
It appears to me like the “radical” label is just a cheap way to attack the person and not the arguments, just like they do with the passive-aggressive “intolerant” label (Because whoever yells intolerant first must be the kind, tolerant one – right?).
I submit that if the media, entertainment and education establishments weren’t so outrageously biased the numbers would shift even further to the right. For example, consider that 90% or more of the media are die-hard pro-choicers and they do everything in their power to spin stories in their favor. Yet the population is still split pretty evenly on the topic, and the more clearly survey questions are worded the more pro-life the results are.
The only way you can categorize majority views as the radical right is if you are perched comfortably on the radical left.