Moderation Means Undesirable Compromises

Monday, 02 Nov 2009 03:31 PM

By Phil Brennan

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"So, Republicans, I say: Do not give in! Do not compromise! Do not seek some middle ground between right and wrong. "

— Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Cooper Union, New York City Feb. 27, 1860

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth."

— Jesus, Revelation 3:15

We are advised that moderation — being lukewarm — in all things is somehow desirable. I beg to differ. In today's political terms, the word signifies nothing less than waffling — seeking a mythical middle ground between right and wrong.

It is a popular concept in today's political world, and is widely praised by a corrupt mainstream media that long ago abandoned the principle of morality that holds that some things are inherently evil by their very nature while others are by their nature good.

In the eyes of the media, those who term themselves moderates are preferable to those whose views are considered extreme, or in other words immoderate in that they clearly chose right over wrong.

If you accept the truth that killing an unborn human being in its mother's womb is nothing less than callous homicide, you have abandoned the moderate position that the right of choice strictly inures to the mother who is here and now and visible rather than to the infant in her womb who can been seen only by ultrasound and whose continued existence remains a matter to be decided by a society enlightened by its worship of convenience.

We have just witnessed the sanctification of moderation by the media and by a segment of the Republican Party — the RINOs (Republicans in name only) who proclaim adherence to the sacred concept of big tentism — that the party's ranks must be open to all including those who refuse to accept the party's time-honored principle of the sovereignty of the individuals who submit to a power above and beyond themselves and instead insist that we are free to make our own rules unfettered by reason or morality or the lessons of the past as we go along. If it feels good, or looks good, why not do it?

A case in point, the candidacy of one Dede Scozzafava, a New York State Republican legislator who among other beliefs openly accepts the doctrine of the so-called woman's right to choose to butcher the infant in her womb, and the primacy of labor bosses over union members in the proposed so-called card check legislation, and the alleged right of same-sex marriage — all of which designates her a moderate or a liberal Democrat fox in the Republican chicken coop.

Her forced withdrawal from the special election in New York's 23 congressional district evoked outrage from the media that favors only moderate candidates in Republican contests along with a revealing comment from a key Obama staffer in the White House.

Valerie Jarret told ABC's "This Week" that Democrats would "love" to have the former Republican candidate now back [Democrat] Owens.

"It's rather telling when the Republican Party forces out a moderate Republican and it says, I think, a great deal about where the Republican Party is right now," she said.

They just love those moderate Republicans over in the White House. It's as good as having a liberal Democrat in the ranks of the GOP.

Picture yourself in a firefight in Afghanistan. Would you want to have a moderate soldier watching your back — one who is not dedicated to protecting a fellow soldier or defeating an enemy who in the terms so loved by political moderates, may have much alleged right on their side justifying their intent to kill you?

Moderation in all things sounds good, but it will win no battles and no elections. There is right and there is wrong, and as Lincoln reminded us there is no middle ground between them. In Christ's words, "vomit them out."

Phil Brennan writes for He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web ( and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers. He can be reached at

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