A glimpse of right-wing extremism

 

Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson doesn’t like the Utah Compact. She calls it “amnesty.”

You might recall that I wrote, and Sutherland recently published, an updated essay with an immigration twist, titled “The Poison of Extremism.” In it I wrote,

It would be hard to categorize right-wing extremism as completely unintelligent. Any public servants on the receiving end of an extremist’s tireless pen would find themselves deluged in paper, argument after argument, reference after reference, citing minutiae and detail that would make an accountant squirm. But, at some point, fact begins to turn into fiction. Inevitably, it seems, every­thing is motivated by evil and conspiring minds. Perhaps because of its angry mind or because of its self-righteousness, right-wing extremism has a per­sistent habit of turning the corner from objective fact to malicious fantasy. … The sad effect of this “crying wolf” is that real evils and real conspiracies often get overlooked because the stri­dency and zealousness of extremism burdens society’s collective ability to discern wisely and rationally.

In support of this accusation, I give you Exhibit A:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Johnson/karen102.htm

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4 Responses to A glimpse of right-wing extremism

  1. Monica says:

    Actually, Utah’s immigration reform legislation is amnesty, and that’s OK. We need more amnesty, freedom and liberty.  Simply put, we need more immigrants who will work harder than native born Americans but don’t demand unreasonable compensation like US citizens do. There are hundreds of millions of decent people living outside of our borders who will work harder for less compensation. We are crazy to keep them out.

  2. Anon says:

    ?Inevitably, it seems, every thing is motivated by evil and conspiring minds. Perhaps because of its angry mind or because of its self-righteousness, right-wing extremism has a per sistent habit of turning the corner from objective fact to malicious fantasy. … The sad effect of this “crying wolf” is that real evils and real conspiracies often get overlooked because the stri dency and zealousness of extremism burdens society’s collective ability to discern wisely and rationally.

    ?This explanation of extremism sounds a bit like your efforts a couple days ago to equate opposition to the “Zion Curtain” with the desire to abolish all controls on alcohol. Pot/Kettle and all that.

  3. JBT says:

    A glimpse of right wing extremism?  Take a look in the mirror Mr. Mero.

  4. Gary Moore says:

    Sorry Mr. Mero, branding people with opposing views with
    demonizing labels is not an acceptable way to vindicate your own position in
    the arena of public ideas.

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