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The dangerous ideology of the extreme right


By Herb Panko

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

One of the greatest threats at present to our democracy and our way of life is national and global right wing extremism. This ideology expresses itself as ultra extremism in the Middle East with the Isis beheadings of those who hold opposing beliefs. In this country the ultra extremism of the right is exhibited by the anti-abortionists who murder abortion doctors and the pro-Nazi skin head hate groups who spew their venom at Blacks and Jews. Then we have the broad middle ground of extremists who do not physically threaten the lives of those who disagree with them but nevertheless threaten to undermine the foundation of advanced democratic societies. One of those foundational pillars is respecting the scientific and technological underpinnings of an advanced country like ours. Several of their most extreme views in that regard are their denial of the well-established global warming phenomenon and their refusal to accept the settled science of biological evolution. These two extremist views express one of the most toxic and absolutist messages they are sending our children, a message that is alarmingly anti-science. Their destructive ideology permeates not only science but other facets of our culture, like politics, government, religion, and foreign policy. Frequently their intense and angry rhetoric spills over into thinly veiled racism directed at President Obama.

But I wish to concentrate here on the more common and basic tactics of the right---using isolated quotes and actions of their opponents in order to skew or twist their message, taking words and actions out of context, and purposely misinterpreting or exaggerating their opponents’ positions, and not considering their opponents’ benign or laudable intent. There are plenty of examples of these tactics in the opinions and commentaries expressed on a regular basis in the FCJ.

We find examples of the above, for example, in the latest angry screed by Mr. Terbeest (FCJ, 4-6-15). Mr. Terbeest supposedly quotes Obama verbatim as saying, “I’m not gonna let one federal judge stop me from doing what I think is right.” Whether those are his exact words or not is really not the main issue. Assuming they are, what was the context? Was he saying that he was not ever going to honor any legal decision in this matter and that he intended to purposely and deviously disrespect the Constitution and trash it? Or did he mean that he was going to let his executive action on immigrat .....
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For the media, traditional values still matter

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however. Far from considering journalists to be irritating pains ..... 
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Making local foods matter

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Recently Target Corp. announced the expansion of its Made to Matter program, an initiative that highlights exclusive “better-for-you products” from mostly up-and-coming brands. The program is part of Target’s plan to boost its reputation as a ..... 
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Through a small window

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Politics have always been driven by our perception of reality which evolves from our personal experience. We all see the world through the relatively small window of our own experience. It is not easy to keep an “open mind” and to be tolerant o ..... 
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The drug thing

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I hadn’t planned on writing this article, but when I saw that it was going to be published in the 4/20 issue of the Journal, I felt I had no choice. You see, 4:20 is a prominent time in the day for marijuana users. Why? I don’t exactly know. As ..... 
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One Moment, Please... God’s Not Dead

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

My intention with this commentary has nothing to do with persuading people to go to church. It has everything to do with thinking about our relationship with God and the church. Is our relationship one of convenience? I recently discovered the ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots among us, Part 2

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Kenny Erding, U S Navy,1940-46. WWII The year was 1946. The stocky young sailor stepped off the train and shouldered his duffel bag for what he hoped was the last time. Though the town, Wykoff, was new to him, he felt a wave of relief that he was b ..... 
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Netanyahu and Obama

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

In a recent National Review article economist Kevin Hassett asks “what would a railroad look like if it were run by…the Department of Motor Vehicles”? The answer? Amtrak. I’m certain most of you knew the answer. Not only is Amtrak ineff ..... 
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Congress and the President need to consult – and not just on Iran

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more di ..... 
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