"Peter" has some thoughts on extremism.
The word "extreme" is being bandied about quite liberally these days.
Muslim radicals are called "extreme" because they want to kill all infidels, especially Americans, in their Jihad. But a recent poll in Iraq disclosed that 80% of the population there considers Americans to be legitimate targets of Jihad. And you may recall that after 9-11 there was dancing in the streets and celebrations in virtually all of the countries with predominantly Muslim populations. So the Muslim radicals are merely those Muslims who are carrying out the wishes of the majority of Muslims who want you dead, but don't want your blood on theirhands.
The word "extreme" has also been liberally applied to the TEA Party by democrats and even some Republicans. Upholding the Constitution is "extreme"? Wanting smaller government is "extreme"? Proposing that the federal government have a balanced budget is "extreme"? Securing the borders is "extreme"? Insisting that government officials be held accountable for their actions/inactions is "extreme"? Being pro-life is "extreme"? Being patriotic is "extreme"? Standing up for your Constitutional rights, like the 2nd Amendment, is "extreme"? I don't think so...and that's all the TEA Party is about!
The word "extreme" is hurled by democrats at political opponents frequently, when the democrats can't think of anything specific to criticize. It has become their "go to" word because it has worked for them. Apathetic or just plain ignorant voters (the apparent majority) seem to cringe at the word "extreme" and readily accept the inappropriate and false allegation as fact without any further explanation or corroboration. They just don't care. The most corrupt government in my long lifetime is still getting 30+ percent of the voters approval. Ignorance is bliss...
Until America wakes up to the threats facing us and the voters educate themselves, we will continue this downward spiral the country is in, economically, diplomatically and ethically.