Skip to comments.Who Are You Calling an Extremist?
Posted on 08/08/2012 9:59:12 AM PDT by Starman417
This might have happened recently or it might just be the "Frog in a pot of boiling water" effect, but the recent controversy around Chick Fil A and gay marriage made me notice how that debate fits into a bigger picture. I've read articles, seen blog posts, and seen tons of electrons spilled on Facebook1 over the Chick Fil A / Gay Marriage issue. I've noticed that a great deal of the leftist sentiment often uses carefully crafted language to define their opponents' positions - "against gay rights", "anti-gay", or my personal favorite, "Extreme anti-gay". Aside from my referring to people who disagree with me as leftists (which as far as I can tell all of them have been), I try to avoid labeling other's views, as it takes away from the argument itself.2 For example, I've followed the lead of other right-leaning writers in labeling people in the abortion debate by their chosen monikers of "pro-life" or "pro-choice". All of that said, I've noticed a disturbing overuse of one particular word that I just noted - extreme.
We see the extremist moniker applied to any conservative position:
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They get all worked up and vehemently deny it. I just state facts and they sit there and just explode in their usual incomprehensible babble.
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I suppose that makes me an extremist.
Well, I’m an extreme concervative anyway.
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