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Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 12:05 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Don nails it with this line --

"What ever happened to the party Ronald Regan led as president? I think it is because there were no tea party-type extremists to split the party."

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Ronald Reagan and his BIG tent Republicans, Reagan Democrats, and everyone inbetween won

Reagan's electoral college victories of 489 electoral votes (90.9%) in 1980,
and 525 (97.6%) in 1984 should how.

Ronald Reagan would be the vial, hated, Liberal, RINO, Republican and would be tarred, feathered, and burned at the Tea Party stake.

Rather than being Ronald Reagan inclusive, they have turned charicature Archie Bunker exclusive.

They fawn and worship Reagan because he won but such astounding lines,
but deep down - philosophically and ideologically -- today's Republicans (John Birch, Birther, Tea Party types) hate virtually everything Reagan ever said or did.

Ajax
Mapleton, UT

Lest we lose our way in our discussion of political extremism, we need to understand that its usage in American English refers to, "Any political theory favoring immoderate uncompromising policies."

Immoderate (beyond reasonable limits) and uncompromising are unfortunately pervasive qualities across our political landscape but nowadays seem particularly apt in describing the political maneuvering of the far right and its affect on key issues of our nation.

To flatly reject any and all federal efforts at reasonable gun control seriously curtails any solution to the critical issue of gun violence in America.

To categorically reject a path to legality for undocumented immigrants (absolutely no amnesty for anyone) or to insist that the Mexican border be completely sealed prior to any negotiation on immigration is to totally undermine any possibility of immigration reform.

And under a façade of ideological gamesmanship, to absolutely insist on no change to taxes in negotiating a reasonable and comprehensive national financial package is a known nonstarter, sadly seeking political gain at the expense of our national interest.

That, my friends, is extremism.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

There were extremists in Reagan's time. But he kept them in check.

merich39
Salt Lake City, UT

Completely agree with this letter.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Excellent letter.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

I am a (admittedly self-proclaimed) left-leaning moderate who is *currently* a registered Democrat (though I have never voted straight-ticket for either party in my life), but I would love to see a Republican party dominated by Reagan-Republicans, Eisenhower-Republicans, and T.Roosevelt-Republicans . . . shoot, you could even throw in a Barry Goldwater or two, just to keep things interesting. On the other hand, I would also love to see a Democratic party dominated by B.Clinton-Democrats (minus the libido), JFK-Democrats (again, minus the libido), and FDR-Democrats . . . and I suppose you could throw in a couple of George McGoverns (to counter the Barry Goldwaters).

Our nation would be much better governed than it is today if the majority of these two parties were thus comprised.

If only wishing could make it so . . .

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Here are the Tea Party Movement Ten Core Beliefs. (Outline per 200 word limit. You can look up the details online.)

Preamble: The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes
2. Eliminate the National Debt
3. Eliminate Deficit Spending
4. Protect Free Markets
5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States
6. Promote Civic Responsibility
7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government
8. Believe in the People
9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics
10. Maintain Local Independence

So where are the extremist crazy views? Not here. Look at the full document, you still won't find them.

The crazy extremist views exist only in the minds of liberal critics.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

LDS Liberal and Twin Lights – time has provided myopic memories: During in the 1980's, the left was calling Reagan an extremist all the time; which brings up an interesting question: If Gorbachev (or Jane Fonda or Sandra Fluke or Nancy Pelosi or Chris Matthews) calls you an extremist; is it an insult or a compliment?
Many of us perceive being labeled an extremist by the absurd as evidence of being on the correct path.
Don’t really want Hugo Chavez’ approval.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

To flatly reject any and all criticism of Hollywood’s glorification of violence (while Obama simultaneously profiteers from campaign donations from those who profiteer from violence) is a guarantee of further violence in America.

To categorically reject any restriction on abortion, as expressed by the Democratic Party platform, even restrictions on late term of gender based abortion, is extremist.

To claim to be pro-choice while simultaneously eliminating conscience clauses allowing doctors pharmacists and hospitals to opt out of providing abortion, or demanding insurance paying for abortofacient drugs is dramatically hypocritical because there can be No choice if No is not an option

And under a façade of ideological gamesmanship, to absolutely insist on no reduction in spending for any entitlement program, sadly seeking political gain at the expense of our national interest.

That, my friends, is extremism.

Being labeled extremist by extremists doesnt carry much weight

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT
LDS Liberal and Twin Lights – time has provided myopic memories: During in the 1980's, the left was calling Reagan an extremist all the time;

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Reagan won 92% and 97% of the electoral college vote.
Right, Moderate and Left.

Hardly and extremeist.

Lately, the GOP has been winning -- what?

Some called Reagan an extremeist, but you can hardly win 98% of the vote by being one.

But go ahead Tea Party.
You keep right on believing the only reason you keep loosing is because you are not extreme enough.
[and you will drag the Reagan GOP down to a 2% before you finally snap out of it.]

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, they need to dump Rush and the tea party soon.

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