Both parties have extremists. Although as Democrats, we can take pride in the fact that the far-left extremists do not run our party. This is a fortune we have unlike the GOP, who feel that they must bow and scrape to the likes of hate-mongers like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
Beyond those right-wing extremists, however, are people so far to the right that they have fallen off the cliff. These people are so soulless and depraved, they actually take pleasure in the deaths of our soldiers, their greiving mothers, and the widows of 9/11. I am talking about two right-wing extreme extremists: Rev. Phelps and Ann Coulter.
Rev. Phelps is the man who organizes protests outside soldier's funerals; displaying tasteless signs such as "Thank GOD for IEDs" because of his irrational belief that their deaths are because of God's hatred of homosexuals (I don't get it either). Ann Coulter, in her latest book, mocks the widows of 9/11 as "witches" and claims they actually are taking pleasure from their husband's death, and also vicously attacks a grieving mother who lost her son in Iraq because she dared to question the Bush administration's motives for the war.
As far off as some of the left-wing extremists are, I have never heard any one of them mock a dead soldier, their mothers, or the family survivors of 9/11. I remember the GOP exploiting certain 9/11 survivors at their 2004 convention--but no one from the left ever attacked them. As misguided as their belief in Bush was, they had suffered a terrible loss that I would not wish on anyone.
I pray for the depraved souls of both Ann Coulter and Rev. Phelps, but I am not angry. They are just sad creatures that deserve pity, not rational debate. However, what I am most upset about is the lack of condemnation from the GOP leadership. The sick Rev. Phelps should have been condemned in the strongest of terms, but those condemnations are reserved only for Democrats. In fact, now that Ann Coulter has taken the spotlight, there is no one in the GOP who has condemned her atrocious comments with the notable exception of George Pataki. Nope. Go to GOP.org, they are attacking John Kerry and Ted Kennedy again.
You see, the GOP leadership beleives that no matter how bad their extremists are, the only ones that ever deserve speaking out against are Democrats. As sick as the supporters of those two hearless souls are, they are also votes in November.
And after all, insn't that, in the end, what it's all about?