Again this election looks like a job for a Moderate.
I suggest that polarization of the Ds and the Rs is the culprit here.
When the alternatives are 'us' or 'them', it is difficult to enter into a meaningful dialog about the issues.
A Moderate is one who can see and appreciate both sides of an issue. A Moderate understands nuance and works for a balance.
The Doctrinaires on either pole have problems with nuance. They often misread the Moderate as someone who holds several positions on a topic. Even the use of the word 'nuance' is regarded as 'elitist' by some.
My position is to the right of Mario Salvio's Free Speech Movement and to the left of the Orange County Chapter of the John Birch Society. Over the years I have learned that a strong union solves some labor problems and creates others. A 'free' market, likewise, solves some business problems and creates others. [On this latter point, anyone who thinks it is possible for the United States to create a 'free' market in energy really doesn't understand the economic and political forces involved.]
Note that my examples on the left and right are Doctrinaire, but only borderline Radical. As a Moderate, I can appreciate and respect the views of the Free Speech Movement and the John Birch Society of both groups and find areas of agreement with both. With both groups, however, my areas of disagreement are significant.
You have to get to folks like the Weather Underground and the NeoNazis to find the true Radicals. These are the folks that include violence in their tool-kit. I'll pass on that on either side of the spectrum.
And finally, while I agree that we voters must make up our own minds, I don't agree that the stature of our political leaders amongst our allies, or even our potential enemies, should be totally disregarded.
It's a factor.
There's that nuance again.
Last edited by concretist; 08-01-2008 at 09:37 AM.