The problem with the moderates is that they are just too moderate.
Extremists seem emboldened to start wars, slash or jack up government spending, seize businesses or give them carte blanche to do what they'd like. Extremists are first seized by wild ideas and then try to seize power. They succeed at a rate all out of proportion to their numbers. We've managed to largely rid ourselves of godless communists and now find ourselves confronting Godly warriors who would attack or defend us.
Extremists are the temperamental toddlers in a room of third graders, throwing tantrums and getting their way as moderates simply try to placate them.
I'm tired of it. It's time that we moderates became extreme. As a drunk Barry Goldwater might have said, "Extremism to promote moderation is not really that extreme."
If these extremists want extreme, wait until they see what 83% of the population can do when provoked. Moderates always outnumber extremists, whose only real advantage is their passion. If we can match their passion, the clash between moderates and extremists would be like the clash between a grizzly bear and a Chihuahua.
And then, once we moderates become extremists.... Wait. Then they'll have won. Never mind.