August 21st, 2013

Flag and Gavel

Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice?

This morning's posts bemoaning the sentencing of a self-anointed savior of freedom are not very persuasive to me.  Moreover, I find their tone disturbing.

Folks!  Really!

Assumptions of absolute evil in the hearts of those on the other side of an issue is ugly.  It's not liberal, either.

Deciding that you and your friends alone are on the side of the angels is too Fox-like for me to applaud.
Suggesting that alternative lawful actions were not existent and that taking any other path would have been the moral equivalent of condoning murder is simply tautological blindness.

Vigilance is good. Protests are good.
But please be less nasty.  And, if possible, could you try being less sure of yourself?

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!