“Not all evolution needs revolution. ”
Throughout the past year the media has focused their attention on the Tea Party Movement. However, most political pundits acknowledge that the biggest movement taking place in American politics is not the Tea Party but rather the broad moderate middle. It's the center that has been the most active in recent years. But the pundits also dismiss the political center as not a powerful force because of our lack of principles. It's principles that inspire people, unite a coalition together, and make them a powerful political force.
The political consensus among Americans is neither liberal nor conservative. The political mood shared by most Americans today is anti establishment. Conservatives are still infuriated by what happened last time they were in power and by what Obama has accomplished. Progressives are sick of conservatives’ stranglehold on policy and by what Obama has not accomplished. Moderates are just disillusioned with the entire political system. What unites all of these disparate groups together is their desire for political reform.
When a national media outlet does a story about Detroit it usually involves violence, an ailing economic situation, or worse. Positive stories about Detroit rarely get printed. The schools have failed their students. Past city governments were known for corruption and failure. City services are almost non existent in some parts of the city. And the unemployment rate in the city is about 30%.
Another great essay by Thomas Friedman on how America needs a centrist movement.
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As I said in my previous essay Where is the Outrage?, Arizona's new immigration law was created solely for political reasons. It was meant to satisfy the conservatives of the Republican base and to pander to the majority of Arizona's voters who wanted reform. It is a costly and unmanageable law. And not even it's sponsors or the governor who signed it can explain how it will work or how it will help. The only people it was meant to help were the Arizona Republican politicians.
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Groups like the Tea Party formed because of their "outrage" over the government taking away their liberties. So where is that same outrage now that Arizona has passed the new immigration legislation? While it may be the state government of Arizona and not the federal government, it is still the government. And they are taking away liberties.
Douglas E. Schoen
Declaring Independence examines what it would take for an independent presidential candidate to win. Schoen argues that it is easier than ever. He writes that the internet and social networking has improved the ability of independent candidates to get the support that only political parties could provide in the past. Shoen provides some advice on how to make it happen. A great read for any one interested in the independent movement or in presidential politics.
Centrism springs from the idea that neither political party has a monopoly on good ideas.