What is extreme? What is radical?

Ed Katz at American Thinker has an essay on Harry Reid (and others)  who label those whom they oppose as radical and extreme.  Several paragraphs into the essay he has this to say:

In our present political context, resting the definition of terms like “radical” and “extreme” on the specious designs of politicians like Reid and Schumer will prove extremely harmful to America. What Americans need, in other words, is a more astute and trustworthy standard of “extreme” and “radical” in order to make judgments about the Democrats’ highly volatile rhetoric.

In order to determine what is and isn’t “radical” in today’s context, Americans need look no farther than the very precise standard outlined by America’s most important Founding Father: James Madison. In other words, without Madison’s political and philosophical genius, the world would never have known the existence of what history now calls “American exceptionalism.” 

“Factious leaders,” says Madison, will attempt to inflame the country with their “wicked projects” from time to time, but thanks to a healthy number of opposing factions, the radicals will have trouble pervading the entire Republic with their malignant ideas:

A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.

Simply put, “a rage for paper money” (inflationary government spending, among other things), “an abolition of debts” (federal bailouts), and “an equal division of property” (federal redistribution programs masquerading as nationalized “health care”) constitute the bread and butter of the modern Democrat Party platform.

Read the whole article here at American Thinker.

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