“"Centrists (moderates & independents) are the true umpires in American politics. The party loyalists are so blinded by partisanship that they cannot call balls and strikes anymore."”
"And so my fellow Civil Servants, ask not what your constituents can do for you - ask what you can do for your constituents"
"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country" -- J.F.K.
I feel that ever since J.F.K. Said This As Part Of His Inaugural Speech, Politicians Far And Wide Have Abused This Quote To Benefit Themselves At Our Expense.
Question: "We Need Money For Better Education Mr. Politician !"
Answer: "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"
Question: "Mr. Politician, We Need To Rebuild Our Infrastructure !"
Interesting and or significant stories...
Bipartisanship should be considered success, not failure
Obama meets with Republican Senators
Majority of the American people are sick of the status quo, and the status quo is a Washington obsessed with legislating as though Congress's sole function is to play a wholly partisan, zero-sum game. The American people want us to put our nation ahead of party allegiances. They want us to do more than devise ways to gain and maintain power. They want us to be constructive with that power.
In an interview I conducted last night with Royal Oak City Commissioner Jim Rasor, Mr. Rasor made an interesting argument which I had not thought of before. He argued that while hyper-partisanship is ravaging American politics, Americans are basing their votes less and less on ideology. Or in other words, ideology is becoming less of a factor in how Americans vote.
Interesting stories of the past few days...
The Limits of Libertarianism
Interesting story about Detroit
As I read through the history of the modern conservative movement the other day, I made a few quick observations.
The ultimate goal of The Pragmatic Center is to ignite a political movement and unite a Centrist Coalition that demands reforms, results, and an end to blind loyalty to political parties and ideology.
Instead of the daily blog The Pragmatic Center presents new research about the American presidency. The Pragmatic Presidency is an examination of the institution and some of its most successful occupants.
The research presents a clear picture that presidents must be pragmatic in order to succeed. Pursuing a rigid ideological agenda is a recipe for failure. The most successful presidents have been the most pragmatic.
The day's interesting stories...
Could the Tea Party's principles really work?
The pragmatic Supreme Court Justice?
Not good to be a moderate?