Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


An Extremist By Any Other Name is Still Extremist

An Extremist By Any Other Name is Still an Extremist

By Angie Pratt

Well . we don't have to wonder any more. We now have proof that the Republican Party has been taken over by extremists. These extremists have decided that their far right religious beliefs are the only ones that count. All other beliefs are incorrect.

No compromise can be made. Why? Because even the middle ground is no longer acceptable to these fanatics.

The middle ground, which is where compromises take place, is not far right enough. Frist said this in his statement today declining to compromise with the Democrats on judicial nomination. So . just like George Bush has said in words and deeds so many times before, Frist is now saying it's "my way or the highway."

I have to admit that I have been in favor of the Democrats blocking these particular judges all along because far right activist judges are just plain scary. Their black and white, unchanging view of the world is the kind of stuff nightmares and totalitarianism are made of.

Now, however, I have to say that I oppose these judges based upon the principle of the matter as well. The Republican Party has gone too far. The Republican Party has to be stopped from its power grab. The Republican Party and its coconspirators, the religious right, have to be stopped from turning this country into a fascist regime ruled by a theocracy and not the rule of law.

Frist, go ahead and use the nuclear option. Frist, go ahead and burn your bridges. You will not prevail however.

This country is better than you are. This country is more moral and evenhanded than you are. And . with every passing breath you take and every word you mutter this country is becoming more and more aware of just how extreme you and the Republican Party are.

I must also admit that I am hoping that the few moderate Republicans left will stop you. I admit that I would savor your defeat if men and women of principle such as Snowe, McCain, Hagel, Lugar, Specter, Voinovich, Chafee, and Collins were to stand up and save the Republican Party from itself.

At the same time . I also look forward to the just deserts that the Republicans will have earned when they are thrown out of office for the total economic meltdown that is coming. You will not be able to blame this one on Clinton. You will not be able to blame this on Democrats in Congress or the Senate. Nope. This time there is a great, big scarlet "R" stamped across the twin deficits that will lead to a traumatic standard-of-living adjustment in this country.

Frist and his cohorts are fiddling around with the constitution while America is teetering on the brink of economic disaster. While issues of great import such as the budget deficit, trade deficit, the war in Iraq, and affordable health care are languishing, the Republican Party is intent on taking this country back in time to when the social conservative snobs ruled.

The problem with all this is that when all of this is said and done, simply saying "I told you so" will not take this awful taste out of my mouth.


Written by Angie Pratt (

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news