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Right Wing Extremists

by RightHandMan

On “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour, I suffered for more than 10 minutes watching the biggest joke of a “round table” I’ve seen outside of a Bill Maher show. Megan McCain was present – though someone has got tell this poor girl how the left is using her candid ignorance to disgrace the right – as if she belongs.
Megan is hardly a story, but there was one part in particular that caught my interest. The following is an excerpt from the show.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: I mean there’s been a long and venerable tradition of conservatism in this country. You can go back at least to Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, all of that sort of intellectual conservatism that lasted about 30 years, and people are saying that right now, it’s really gone to the extreme. People are looking at the Tea Party and saying this is not conservatism as we knew it but it’s extreme.

GEORGE WILL: Which is exactly what they said about Bill Buckley and Bill Buckley’s candidate, Barry Goldwater, who was supposedly representing the paranoid style in American politics.

AMANPOUR: Reagan had moderates on his, as Vice President and in his cabinet.

Two things stick out to me here. The first is the basis of Amanpour’s non-question. She implies that the conservatism of Buckley and Reagan was acceptable and/or mainstream. This isn’t anything new. Every time the elections get close the RINOs and the left both dig up the bones of Reagan, drag them around and act like they were always pals. In this case, Amanpour attempts to buddy up with Reagan and Buckley in order to legitimize her claim that the Tea Party is extreme. When George Will calls her out on this ridiculous statement, she completely ignores him and throws the bait to Terry Moran who nearly slipped on his drool to get this bit out.

TERRY MORAN: Different Republican Party. Hard times make anxious people do extreme things sometimes. If you look at the Tea Party constitution, if there is such a thing, at Joe Miller in Alaska saying unemployment compensation is unconstitutional, at the emphasis on the tenth amendment which is a very vague amendment which they want return power, power returned to the states, this is going to be a real challenge for the Republican Party going forward and it’s born of this anxiety.

There is a large distinction between vague and broad. The 10th amendment to the constitution is hardly unclear. The amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. How do you even begin to poke holes in the precision of that sentence?

The only reason this statement seems ambiguous to the left is because they’ve mucked it up so much. The predisposition is so murky, in fact, that Moran doesn’t even get the statement correct. Joe Miller is against FEDERAL unemployment compensation due to the fact that it is not a power given to the federal government through the U.S. Constitution. (Extreme!)

Interestingly enough, Mr. Moran perhaps displays a bit of parapraxis when referring to this simple (not vague) principle when he states that they [the Tea Party] want power RETURNED to the states. By saying “returned” he shows that the federal government has obviously taken that power from the states, a robbery he justifies by a supposed vagueness of the law.

All of this begs the question; if this law is vague, as Mr. Moran describes it, what does he think the law means? Should we throw it out all together due to its cryptic meaning? Also, how would Mr. Moran write a statement more clearly regarding the limitations of federal powers over the states? Perhaps the authors should have been clearer and penned, “Don’t do anything we didn’t tell you to do, let the states and the people do that.” Later they could have written in that the Constitution was brought to us by the number 10 and the letter “E”…for extreme, naturally.


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Filed under: 10th Amendment, christiane amanpour, George Will, megan mccain, Ronald Reagan, States Rights, Tea Party Movement, terry moran, william buckley

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  • Gorges Smythe October 18, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    You have to remember, if liberals were logical, they'd be conservatives.

  • Randy-g October 18, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    Moran doesn't understand, well most things, he is a liberal idiot!

  • LD Jackson October 18, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    Must we remind them that the Tea Party is not the ones who are going to the extreme? Nearly every time I listen to or read the news, I hear something about how extreme the Tea Party is. As I said on Conservative Hideout, it reminds me of the saying of the pot calling the kettle black.

    The Tea Party is not trying to supress the military vote.
    The Tea Party is not wanting to add insult to injury by increasing taxes.
    The Tea Party just wants the government to go back to it's constitutional roots.

    I could go on, but you get the point.

  • Steve Dennis October 18, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    Only the left can look at a group of people who want to bring America back to her constitutional roots as being extreme. They are so far to the left that everyone else looks extreme to them.

  • John Carey October 18, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    Great post Right. I did watch this. How can they paint what now appears to more than half of the general population in this country as extremist? I thought that extremist were usually in the minority and represented the fringes of political reality. That sounds like the left right now. Just because the control the media and are in power right now doesn't mean they're not extreme. What they really desire is a watered down version of conservatism and not a more principled style of conservatism. After all it was that same water down conservatism that people rejected in 2008 and helped the Democrats grab control of Washington. I can see why they prefer this watered version over the Tea Party version.

  • Bunkerville October 18, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    Terry Moran and the woman who is the NBC WH person, the name escapes me, were merely Court TV reporters-now True TV- who spent their days in the Courtroom until a couple of years ago. Just how they became the wizards they profess to be would be interesting. Great place-we will add you as soon as the techie Bunkervite gets to it.

  • Right Hand Man October 18, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Thanks for the comments guys. It truly is distrubing that the left is trying to write off so many in America by labeling them extreme. My guess is that it will backfire.

    What is odd is how the Tea Party is considered extreme while those who are truly TRANSFORMING America are not. The Tea Party movement is unlike most revolutions – our extreme isn't about a revolution of unpracticed change. We're not going to execute King Louis XVI or overthrow our government…we're simply asking them to follow their own rules.