It is time to step back from the horrendous situation in the Middle East……maybe calmer heads will prevail…..but knowing both sides of the argument…..I doubt!
Every year that we have an election, and it seems to be a never ending cycle these days, we hear all about the independents…..and some times people want to talk about the centrists as the controllers of the election results……..many a pundit has tried to define who the centrists are and what they stand for…..mostly it has been pure imagination not facts that they base their analysis on……
To me a centrists is someone who has lost confidence their chosen political party and vote against it but do not want to be labeled so they pretend that they are centrists……I recent read a piece that sort of explains the swing in centrism…….I have noticed by talking with people that “centrists” seem to be leaning toward liberalism these days…..but why?
Reporter and author Thomas Ricks has long been what he would describe as a “detached centrist.” He’s also a big fan of the free market and a strong national defense, and he’s financially comfortable as he approaches the age of 60. Conventional wisdom might suggest that he should be “drifting into a cautious conservatism” right about now, but Hicks writes in Politico Magazine that he is as surprised as anyone to find himself shifting to the left instead. Among his reasons:
- Military: As the author of several books about the military, Ricks finds himself appalled at how badly our wars have been run in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the Pentagon’s use of torture, and at the employment of mercenaries and security contractors who have “poisoned the conduct of … war.”
- Intelligence: Hicks writes that he’s no great fan of Edward Snowden, but it’s clear now that “American intelligence officials have shown a contempt for the way our democracy is supposed to work.”
- Income inequality: Both parties are to blame for making the rich richer and the poor poorer, he writes. “Apparently income redistribution downward is dangerously radical, but redistribution upward is just business as usual.”
Click for Ricks’ full column.
You would think that a party that really would like to govern would not see these trends and adjust their thinking to seem more viable…..but the modern GOP just cannot seem to break its old habits and because they cannot….they will not rule anytime soon.
Since they cannot break their antiquated chains the voter will be looking elsewhere and with our system you know what the means……Dems will win again!