Via TalkLeft, it seems Joe Klein is tilting windmills. As one of "those bloggers" who mainstream media and Beltway insider types just love to paint with just such a label, I thought I'd run through the checklist.
A left-wing extremist exhibits many, but not necessarily all, of the following attributes:--believes the United States is a fundamentally negative force in the world.
--believes that American imperialism is the primary cause of Islamic radicalism.
--believes that the decision to go to war in Iraq was not an individual case of monumental stupidity, but a consequence of America’s fundamental imperialistic nature.
Utterly stupid, by an imperial fundamentalist president.
--tends to blame America for the failures of others—i.e. the failure of our NATO allies to fulfill their responsibilities in Afghanistan.
--doesn’t believe that capitalism, carefully regulated and progressively taxed, is the best liberal idea in human history.
That would be silly.
--believes American society is fundamentally unfair (as opposed to having unfair aspects that need improvement).
On the contrary.
--believes that eternal problems like crime and poverty are the primarily the fault of society.
Haven't seen a cure for these in any system.
--believes that America isn’t really a democracy.
Still is so far, I think.
--believes that corporations are fundamentally evil.
That would be a problem, considering I am a part business owner.
--believes in a corporate conspiracy that controls the world.
No, though corporate interests do carry a lot of weight.
--is intolerant of good ideas when they come from conservative sources.
--dismissively mocks people of faith, especially those who are opposed to abortion and gay marriage.
I do have a problem with people who insist on controlling others' private lives. If you are against abortion, don't have one. If you are against gay marriage, don't marry a same-sex partner. That seems "straightforward" to me, and not at all a matter of faith. (If it is, let's revisit the First Amendment, shall we?)
--regularly uses harsh, vulgar, intolerant language to attack moderates or conservatives.
Once upon a time I was a moderate. Now I don't know what these terms mean. "Conservative" used to mean Barry Goldwater, but today he couldn't get elected dog-catcher via the Republican Party. After all, "conservatives" used to be for limited government, but now they seem to want the government to control every aspect of everyone's lives.In comments, Acid Jones writes:
Wow. It's immensely telling that many of those "extremist beliefs" are right-wing caricatures of left-wing positions.
Cut to Ann Coulter.