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Kathleen Parker: Can a centrist movement make it in America today?

In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.

Political outliers - not quite Republican, not quite Democrat - are forming new alliances in a communal search for "Home." Exhausted by extremism and aching for real change, more and more Americans are moving away from demagoguery and toward pragmatism.

Soon they may have options. Next month, a new political group, No Labels (www.nolabels.org), will launch in New York City. Led by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, the organization has raised more than $1 million. Backers include Andrew Tisch, co-chair of Loews Corp.; Ron Shaich, founder of Panera Bread; and Dave Morin, ex-Facebook executive.

The group hopes to attract both politicians who feel they've lost elections for being too moderate, and voters who feel homeless. There are plenty of each.

Congress' historically low approval ratings, the anti-incumbency spirit of the midterm elections, and now the influx of tea-party-backed candidates - not to mention Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart's well-attended rally for sanity - are all testament to dissatisfaction with Washington's systemic failings.

Alas, there is little reason to hope that things will change or improve when the new Congress convenes in January. Republicans seem determined to continue their "hell no" strategy. New tea party legislators seem determined to fight establishment Republicans, thus diluting Republican power. Democrats aim to dig in their heels.
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"Pragmatism" sounds like the same crap they are peddling in Europe with "The Singapore Model" where you trade liberty and proper constraints on government for false promises of prosperity and wise application of absolute power.

I have to agree with Jose, that this is what brought us here - we need some extremism for a while to pull back from socialism. We have two political parties debating "right size" government (where both are arguing for a bloated government, only debating how bloated it should be) when there is only one size that works - SMALL - VERY SMALL...

Socialist, compassionate conservatives, neocons, New England conservatives all need a kick in the nuts for destroying everything that was great about this nation and crippling it with Trillions in debt that now leave us with bad, worse and terrible as our options for the future...

When I hear "pragmatism" and government in the same sentence, I usually hear a useful idiot sheep talking... When setting the bounds of government, only the most stringent principles should be applied as the practice will always (ALWAYS) show cracks in the constraints as politicians push to the edges and beyond as a matter of course.
 

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Even assuming pure motives, they will be snuffed out of relevancy by a bunch of statist authoritarians that will "pretend to act normal' for a few election cycles.

The only "party of sanity or "moderation" " is the one that fully intends to dramatically reduce the size of government. This virtually dictates extreme conservative economic policy. Anything else is pi**ing into the wind.

It'll never happen though. The government will keep spending and spending until something breaks/explodes/collapses as a result. It is insatiable.

It's like the Garfield cartoon where he just eats everything and can't stop and then he's swallowing buildings and then planets. Our government is the same way.

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It is amazing how effectively the media has maintained the appearance of the debate as being Republicans against Democrats when, for the most part, they are on the same side of expanding government...

The "centrists" and pragmatists they are describing are just shades of gray between those two groups of statists...

The real debate of the Tea Parties is that we are saying that both parties of government are debating at the margins about how many people should be marched to the death camps and we are saying we need to stop before the death camps are even created...

There is, of course a great deal of confusion on this point - as I said, the media is doing a fantastic job of confusing the issue for most people. Sadly, "check your source" is a lesson lost in modern education...
 
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It'll never happen though. The government will keep spending and spending until something breaks/explodes/collapses as a result. It is insatiable.

It's like the Garfield cartoon where he just eats everything and can't stop and then he's swallowing buildings and then planets. Our government is the same way.



-Mike
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