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Ideals aren’t extremist

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Recently in the Deseret News, there have been articles in which the writer gives his or her review of the recent State Republican Convention. Of special interest to me were the references made regarding the "right wing" groups such as Eagle Forum and Utah Republican Assembly. Over the past 30 years, such ideals as limited government, parental rights, personal property rights and the individual's rights were what most people considered normal.

Now all of a sudden, the groups such as Eagle Forum and Utah Republican Assembly, which advocate such ideas, are considered "right wing" and "extreme." Have we gone so far mainstream that we've forgotten that such ideals are at the core of the country we live in? These are the concepts which wars have been fought over and many have died for. So why now are such ideas considered extreme?In looking back at history and comparing it to what is considered "extreme" today, I am grateful to "extremists"' such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and all the others who stepped out of the norm and took a stand. I am also grateful to the many religious "extremists" of all denominations who had the courage to stand up for correct principles. So, if groups like Eagle Forum and Utah Republican Assembly are considered "right wing" and "extreme," I'm glad to know I am in good company.

Janeen Carter

Tooele