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Extremist or Patriots — Labels

The term “extremism” has been tossed around and recently used to describe those who are perceived to be “right-wing hardliners,” who are set in their ways and don’t listen to common sense.

It used to be considered “extreme” to support expanding government control and programs, lack of transparency and unnecessary spending. It used to be extreme to expect the government (which really means taxpayers) to pay for students to attend college or other career training.

Our Founding Fathers may have been considered “extreme.” After all, they developed a whole new form of government with personal accountability and individual rights. These patriots had the courage to stand against the traditional government of kings and democracy. Our Founding Fathers, through Divine inspiration, developed a republican form of government with representatives who were to be held accountable for their votes. They believed our rights came from God, not granted by other men who usurped power over others.

We are experiencing a steady and subtle creep of government overreach into our private lives and neighborhoods. We have become acclimated to this incremental creep and are told that things such as state funding for hygiene products in schools and 3-6 months contraception supplies are the “proper role of government,” but protecting our children from obscene materials in our public libraries is not!

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There may be seasons when we go along with the crowd, but this is not that time! It is not easy, or even desirable, to sound the warning as a “watchman on the tower.” It may appear to be “extreme.” However, there are a handful of elected officials, and other concerned citizens, who are attempting to pull our state back from the edge of the cliff. I believe we are very close to becoming a “blue,” or liberal-leaning state. Turning “blue” means more control of our water and other natural resources. It means more regulation of our small businesses, including farming operations and ranches. It means increased spending, which equals higher taxes. We can’t even get the grocery tax repealed or pass property tax relief that freezes the amount of that tax to the assessment of the home until it is resold. Is this “extreme?”

Those of us who stand as “watchmen” are labeled many things. So, if we are to be labeled, allow us to label ourselves first: as Christian mothers and fathers, as loving grandparents. We are Constitutional conservatives who advocate for lower taxes and fewer regulationsfor the hard-working citizens and families of our communities and state. Label us patriots who love and serve our neighbors and the people in our communities. If this equates to extremism, so be it.

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One reply on “Extremist or Patriots — Labels”

Karey Hanks: “Our Founding Fathers, through Divine inspiration, developed a republican form of government….”

That is, in fact, true. It just wasn’t inspiration from Yahweh God of the Bible, but rather the inspiration from We the People, evidenced in that there’s hardly an Article or Amendment that’s not antithetical, if not seditious, to Yahweh’s sovereignty and morality.

In turn, the adoption of the Constitution was the official commencement of America’s suicidal trek to the precipice of moral depravity and destruction.

For evidence, see free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective,” in which every Article and Amendment is examined by the Bible, at

Beginning with: Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh.”

Find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the sidebar and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

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