posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 12:41 PM
Moderate went to the grave for several reasons:
1. The severe change in where Moderate stands.
When my father was in college, he was considered a moderate. Now, most people's ideology changes because they make their first decisions by feelings,
more than by examining the facts. Problem is that my father wasn't one of those, although he was a "Young Republican". So, since my father tended
to reason everything out, the overwhelming majority of his stances did not change for 30 years. He's now considered an "Extreme Right", too
extreme right to follow the modern "Tea Party" (when it first came out, it suited him just fine). If ANYTHING, some of his views shifted more to
the LEFT, and he's portrayed as extreme RIGHT. SMH.
2. Something sad happened with the "Young Republican" movement.
You got a bunch of people who CLAIMED conservative or moderately conservative viewpoints, but only practiced extremely liberal tendencies. This time,
I'm not using this as "left" or "right" terms. I'm talking about the speed at which things are done. These people brought about very rash
changes, and did little to put the breaks on the "speedwagon"'. (Frankly, other than the extreme south, this happened to the Dems. some 20 years
before.) Bringing radical change to a group that is usually the brakes to our government ideology causes a dramatic shift in the way things work.
(Now, back to politically speaking.) It left us with people who other than the title they choose fitting another party's claimed ideology. We call
3. We only see what's being touted.
There's moderates in both parties. There's moderates outside both parties. But what is being expressed in the upper tier doesn't match what the
constituents or even lower level politicians are thinking/feeling/doing. We're being sold a pipe dream of what these 2 factions should be doing, what
they should be thinking, what the big issues should be, ect. And being people who insist on paying attention to supposed leaders more than we should
be paying attention to ourselves?
4. Selfish interests.
Then there's those of us who only support our next government paycheck. It can come as Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security (yes, we paid
for and earned this, but the government stole it out from under us--it's theirs now, for all that we pay into it), ect. Our selfish fears make it
far easier to keep us from playing nice, sharing, or even thinking reasonably. It keeps us continuing isolationist practices. and it feeds the
5. What's worth uniting on?
There's very little being touted in the political machine that is WORTH finding an agreement on. Some of those attempted compromises are literally
going to be the death of us. And we're lucky if we can only have half the population aware of the fact that sometimes compromise compromises the
Really, it's a multi-headed problem. And I'm sure someone can find a couple more problems to tack on.