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Monday, April 23, 2012

Proud to be Moderate

Somehow the willingness to hear both sides of a story, the tolerance to see someone else’s viewpoint and not vilify them has disappeared from our society.  There truly are very few things that are totally black and white.   However if you listen to the bombardment of political nonsense, all candidates have horns, forked tails and tongues and deserve to be confined to a fiery Hell.

On the eve of Pennsylvania’s primary election I implore the apparently few who have still retained their sanity to look at solutions and plans not demagogy.   I would also like someday to see open primaries(gasp) where the voters could decide on candidates based on their merit not their political affiliation.  

Conservative seems to have become the moniker of the Republican Party.   Sadly the current definition of Conservative seems to be one who is in lockstep with the status quo, who feels women should be barefoot and pregnant, who derides civility in favor of bombastic outrage and who feels we should vote for the party no matter how bad the candidate.

A Liberal now seems to be characterized as Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.   Liberals are apparently opposed to capitalism and self determination.   The government should be responsible for our well being and the dole should be our way of life.

What the heck happen to the ability to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal?   What happen to political give and take instead of political take, take and more take?

In my opinion our nation is going to be stalled in a quagmire until we can recover our ability to think clearly and recognize that fanatics of any stripe, Conservative or Liberal, Republican or Democrat, pro-life or pro-choice are still fanatics.   Fanatics who refuse to believe that someone else has the right and sometimes the responsibility to politely disagree with them.   The politics of fanaticism must be marginalized before we as a nation can move ahead.

Vote tomorrow but if there is any choice that supports our right to be moderate, please vote for them. 

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