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Moderates in politics: Is it possible?Posted Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 3:03 PM
Lately the rhetoric among political types has become, well, unhealthy.
Seems like it's not so easy to figure out exactly what's going on.
I don't know what to believe about the "end-of-life counseling" in health plans, which some make out as a way for government and insurance companies to force those in ill health to go on and die. Is this both Democrats and Republicans overplaying an issue for their own gain?
I agree with President Obama's feelings that insurance companies are only out to fatten the wallets of their stockholders and executives.
But I also think Obama's spending needs to be reined in, a comment which got a gasp of surprise from a work colleague (who's aware that I lean Democrat) who describes herself as "conservative but not a conservative Republican." In other words, she studies carefully, thinks independently and decides for herself instead of being dictated to by party leaders - a lesson some officeholders on both sides of the aisle would do well to learn.
Right now I think most Democrats are too liberal and most Republicans too conservative.
So I guess I'm ... moderate.
Do those of us who take a centrist point of view have a chance?
Take a look at a small but growing movement in Rhode Island state politics.
It's the Moderate Party and their views make a lot of sense. They've obtained enough voter signatures to be officially recognized as a political party.
I noticed that party leaders think "compromise" is needed in government. Is "compromise" good or bad? Some Democrats and Republicans don't recognize that the word exists.
Here's another group of moderates who, interestingly, aren't linked (at least on the web) to the Rhode Island group.
Could moderates form a third party? Could mainstream Americans recover politics from the extremists?
The Rhode Island experiment could turn out to be interesting...
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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