In the Thursday June 14, 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Perspectives page, Cal Thomas opines on ‘Why are Republicans the only ones called extreme?). NOTE: I believe that headline was written by MJS editors since it is different than the one on Thomas’ website which can be found here.
His opening shot:
Don’t you find it odd that the word extremism seems to apply only to conservative Republicans?
From someone who has a permanent seat on the left side of the aisle, who’s weathered the conservatives doing everything in their power to demonize the term liberal, who’s experienced the current right tossing off epithets of socialist or communist everytime I turn around, and who’s been the direct recipient of bigotry as a ‘Marxist Jew’…all I can say about Mr. Thomas is…I CALL BULLSH*T!
In closing, here’s one thing we agree on (which is why he is slandering the left in the first place):
Terminology often drives political discourse and those who control the terms often determine the outcome.