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  1. Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater
    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. FDR
    Fearmongering and extremism are often linked together; both, can denigrate a serious discussion. However, extremism in the defense of righteousness ought not be discourage if tempered with sound reason.
    As it seems, the lack of a vigorous defense of principle by Christians can be seen as capitulation. In the political arena any sign of weakness is viewed as surrender. Major news outlets use extremism, both left wing type and right wing type, hypnotically to side track readers into intellectual gridlock. Swearing achieves a similar result; to bring reason and irrationality to a halt. It would take a type messianic determination,
    a type of extremism, to bring two equally contemptuous parties back to the negotiating table. This type of messianic extremism in the defense of
    liberty is no vice.

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