Skip to comments.Can a centrist movement succeed?
Posted on 11/29/2010 7:28:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.
Political outliers - not quite Republican, not quite Democrat - are forming new alliances in a communal search for "Home." Exhausted by extremism and aching for real change, more and more Americans are moving away from demagoguery and toward pragmatism.
Soon they may have options. A new political group, No Labels ( www.nolabels.org ), is hoping to mobilize and support a centrist political movement. Led by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, the organization has raised more than $1 million so far - and the formal launch isn't until next month. Backers include Andrew Tisch, co-chair of Loews Corp.; Ron Shaich, founder of Panera Bread; and Dave Morin, a former Facebook executive.
The group hopes to attract politicians who feel that they've lost elections for being too moderate and voters who feel homeless. There are plenty of each.
When the porridge is either too hot or too cold, the moment for something in between is ripe. More Americans now self-identify as independent rather than Republican or Democrat, even though they may be forced by a lack of alternatives to vote in traditional ways.
But what if there were an alternative? There's little appealing about either party dominated by a base that bears little resemblance to who we are as a nation or the way most of us live our lives.
Yet moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans alike have been banished. Purged, really. Some of them have landed in the No Labels camp.
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Short answer...NO, in fact...HELL NO!
That’s like saying socialism and freedom can be compromised on. Moderates only get us to totalitarianism a little slow but they still get us there.
She doesn’t get it.
Aah, so they are extreme moderates? Or moderate extremists? This movement is for pols and voters who don't believe in anything. Sure to rival the Tea Party - NOT!
I’ll take an honest socialist like Lieberman over these dishonest “centrists” who hide their agenda behind platitudinous nonsense like “bipartisanship” .
Centrism’s greatest weakness is its fatuous ignorance. Centrism is the unexamined life Socrates was talking about. It ignores the fact that we are in a fight to the death over worldview. That inevitably is fought on ideological grounds. That comes down to philosophy.
Centrists are the unexamined lives who are unwilling to do philosophy. They just want to get on with what they consider to be real life — playing games, going to parties, sending their kids to Ivy League schools.
As long as it is consistently to the Right of the GOP it may have a chance. Otherwise, no.
If Americans wanted moderates, Ms. Parker, they would have ejected both liberals and conservatives. They voted overwhelmingly for conservatives. We can’t have a world full of squishes. They don’t know what they stand for and people like extremes for a good reason.
RINOs looking for cover.
Moderates ALWAYS provide cover for leftists and progressives.
When the left is on the rampage, leveling society and destroying the economy, there is no such thing as a “moderate”. The very concept is a lie.
Could centrists have created the United States?
Wake up and smell the bacon, kathleen.
Moderates favor compromise but its almost invariably to the Left. The Blue Dogs never slowed down Obama’s revolution. If there’s a lesson Americans have learned Ms. Parker hasn’t, is you can’t rely on moderate Democrats and Republicans to stop the Left.
“In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.”
In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
- AYN RAND
There is no centrism in Capitalism.
It’s a winner take all world.
Probably not. There aren't enough centrists in Congress currently to make a difference. And third party candidates don't do well in elections. The process is stacked against anyone operating outside of the two major parties.
Fine. But for truth-in-advertising purposes, they should change the url to (www.novotes.org).
Any compromise with evil only strengthens it. There is no book of Great Moderates in world history. I invite Ms. Parker to go look it up.
Right. Ever since Ross Perot's 1992 candidacy for the Presidency, I have been amazed that so many people (even ones I respect for their genuine intellect) buy into the idea of a "radical center"-- the idea that pragmatism divorced from ideology could somehow bring about change.
"Centrism" is fine when one wants to maintain a status quo. But if you really need to change course, then it will fail.
I am now ready to slap "Centrists" upside their heads. The "Moderates" will lead us to policies that will bankrupt us in 30 years, while Barack, Harry, and Nancy will bankrupt us in 10 years.
Say what one will about the wedge "cultural issues," the plain fact is that government budgets are on an unsustainable course overall. We need radical budget cuts and pro-growth tax and regulatory policies immediately.
There are only liberals and conservatives. Any one entering political life already has had a good idea what their worldview is. By the time I was 30, I already knew I was a conservative, much to my father’s discomfort.
Like I said, moderates will lead us to totalitarianism. It will just take longer for us to get there with them in charge but that’s the end result.
I am a conservative independent that left the GOP after the amnesty vote. Am I a centrist?
Centrism will not accomplish what is needed, which is to unwind socialism.
Centrist movement? Like getting someone like W Bush with a deficit of only a half a trillion dollars?
But Kathleen - you're a liberal. Look in one of your cracked mirrors.
“Centrist” = big government liberals
you can tell the writer has never worked even one summer at a 31 Flavors (with a manager always after her to push the vanilla...)
Amen. Between freedom and despotism there is never a middle ground. You would think a dumb beyotch like Parker would have figured it out. I guess she’s content to be the spectator.
The entire concept is nothing but an excuse to keep charismatic, albeit doctrinaire, liberal friends, while preserving the veneer of responsible citizenship.
Ummm, Perot was the "conservative" in that race. GW was the Statist, and Klintoon was the Commie.
Of course it is. Obama could never have gotten as far as he has without the cover provided by the Blue Dogs.
‘www.nolabels.org’ is more like ‘www.noprinciples.org’.
I don’t see this happening anytime soon with the House of Representatives being liberal/conservative polarized, although if it did it would help Obama get re-elected.
Kathleen Parker shilling for RINO Inc.
It’s a way of shoving leftism down the throats of the American public while calling it something else. Not even sugar-coating it. Just CALLING it something else.
Like holding you down, pouring drano down your throat, and telling you it’s ginger ale.
(But I do agree that Bush the Elder was no conservative either.)
Centrism will never rollback what Obamacare imposed on our country. The moderates are content to accept it and tinker around the edges. No our times call for brave souls willing to take radical measures to save our country.
“I’m passionate about apathy, and I vote!”
I have yet to meet a moderate who believes we have too much government and too little freedom.
Moderate? Really? We need a dictionary to define what is really meant. Most of these so called moderates are anything but. As if destroying our culture & nation is moderate.
On one extreme you have people who want you to eat ice cream for desert.
On the other extreme you have people who want you to eat dog crap for desert.
The moderate/centrist wants you to eat half a bowl of each.
How does that moderation sound?
Then let's agree that in 1992 NO "conservative" ran for Prez.
Socialism and freedom are incompatible. If you mix them, you get more of the former and less of the latter. I guess that’s too complicated for Ms. Parker and her crowd to understand.
Btw, what do the "Apathetic Voters of America" lobby for?
Leave it to the Washington Post to try to push this kind of B.S. even after the middle and left got hell beat out of it in this last election.
If Ms. Parker likes centrists, she can go join them. No one is stopping her!
There is no “central” ground left. They want A, we want not-A, and there is no “sort-of A.”
Polarization is one reason our elections have been so bouncy for the past few cycles. There is a large group who don’t much care for either extreme, and pull the lever for “whoever we didn’t vote for last time.” Unfortunately, this leads to results as summed up in my tagline.
Or democrats looking for advantage. Or both.