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A time of extremesPosted Friday, June 11, 2010, at 1:50 PM
Ever wonder what happened to the middle?
I've found myself wondering sometimes, and Michael Smerconish of The Washington Post tells it well here.
Perhaps that's one of America's problems. We see extremes portrayed from talk radio to "reality" shows to, even, situation comedies and movies.
And being moderate is outdated. Or, according to power-hungry politicians/political hopefuls, just plain wrong.
For example: I'm conservative in that I'm pro-life and believe in traditional moral values. But I'm more in favor of government funds being used to help the truly needy (NOT freeloaders) than many give-no-help-to-anyone conservatives would like -- and I think much, if not most, of the outcry against "illegal immigrants" is actually near-open ethnic-based prejudice against Latinos. I guess that makes me liberal in the eyes of some.
Where are the moderates? I'd like to think we're out here holding our noses at the stench from so many political figures' attitudes and hoping that, eventually, reasonableness can prevail.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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