O'Donnell vs. Coons: who is the REAL Extremist view Sexual Purity or Marxism?

Unlike for most Americans, the Delaware senatorial primary was not my first introduction to Christine O’Donnell. I remembered her from as far back as approximately fifteen years ago, making appearances on shows such as “Politically Incorrect.” So when I heard about her supposed “extremist views,” I had to wonder if I was overlooking something. It’s hard to forget such a pretty face, but did I fail to recollect some strange aspect of her ideology?

So I did a Google search and quickly found criticism of her at the Huffington Compost. “What better source for getting the dirt, real and imagined, on a Tea Party candidate?” I thought. Yet I figured I knew what I’d find, and I was right. Had she ever proclaimed herself a Marxist? No, that was her oppo

So I did a Google search and quickly found criticism of her at the Huffington Compost. “What better source for getting the dirt, real and imagined, on a Tea Party candidate?” I thought. Yet I figured I knew what I’d find, and I was right. Had she ever proclaimed herself a Marxist? No, that was her opponent, Chris Coons. Had she ever belonged to a socialist party? No, that was Barack Obama in the 1990s. Did she once advocate forced abortions and sterilization? No, that was the president’s “science czar,” John Holdren. Had she headed up an organization that promoted “fisting” for 14-year-olds and books featuring sex acts between preschoolers? No — while Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings did do that, O’Donnell’s sin is far different:
She believes in sexual purity.

To be precise, she is a Catholic who embraces the totality of the Church’s teachings on sexuality. I could elaborate on that, as I’m a devout Catholic myself, but this misses the point. To wit: The most the left can do when trying to cast O’Donnell as a danger in government is cite something that she believes has nothing to do with government. She won’t propose the “Self-gratification Control Act” of 2011 any more than she will mandate that you must attend Mass on Sundays, fast during Lent, or believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. (Note that former senator Rick Santorum never did, and as a devout Catholic who often attends Mass even on weekdays, he presumably believes all O’Donnell does.) What the left is mischaracterizing as her ideology is actually her theology of the body.

Then, I must say that I tire of how the word “extremism” is bandied about so thoughtlessly. This isn’t primarily because the label is often misapplied. It is because it is always misunderstood.

The late Barry Goldwater once said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” But to be more precise, extremism that reflects Truth is a virtue. After all, if you live in a land where everyone believes 2+2=5 and you insist it is 4, you’ll be considered an extremist. All being an “extremist” means is that your views deviate greatly from those of the mainstream. It doesn’t mean you’re wrong.

But we don’t talk about wrong, or right, as much as we should in this relativistic culture. Instead, believing that “man is the measure of all things,” we naturally take the norms of current civilization as the default and any deviation from them as defect (in fairness, all cultures tend to be guilty of this). But the reality is that while Truth sometimes lies at the center of a culture, at other, times it occupies the fringes. Sometimes, like with an abolitionist in 1800, an extremist is just someone who is right fifty years too soon. Or you could say that an extremist may be someone who upholds the wisdom of the ageless despite the folly of the age.

So saying someone is an extremist relates nothing about his rightness. The problem with Islamic extremists, for instance, isn’t that they’re extreme — any truly religious person is thus viewed in a secular time. It’s that they’re extremely wrong. This brings us to O’Donnell’s opponent, Chris Coons.

Since the left is digging up old O’Donnell quotations, it’s only fair to delve into Coons’ past. And when we do, we find this interesting bit of extremism: An article he wrote titled “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.” It details how a trip to Kenya that Coons took as a junior in college served as a “catalyst,” completing his transformation from “conservative” to communist. Yet while one could elaborate further here as well, as with O’Donnell, this misses the point. To wit: Marxism has everything to do with government, as it is about transforming it through socialist revolution into something tried and untrue, something that slays the light and visits a dark age of a thousand sorrows upon its victims. It’s something that killed 100,000,000 people during the 20th century and every economy it ever touched. That is a negative extremism if ever there were one, and it should scare the heck out of every one of us.

And what is this supposedly balanced with on O’Donnell’s side?

Oh, yeah, the sexual purity thing.

via American Thinker: O’Donnell vs. Coons: Analyzing Extremism.

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