“Centrists have no patience with advocates of intolerance. ”
"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."
The health care reform law (The Affordable Care Act) jammed through Congress by President Obama and congressional Democrats was an extremely divisive and heated issue. At the time of its enactment only 41 % of Americans supported the new legislation. Republicans and pundits predicted that it would be the issue that would bring down the Democrats in the 2010 midterms. Privately the Democrats agonized, but publicly they argued that Americans would come to appreciate the reforms. They said and still say that Americans' support for the law will only increase with time as they learn and feel the new changes. A recent poll revealed that more than 50% of Americans still don’t know what The Affordable Care Act actually does.
Americans are notorious for their skepticism of government. From our war of independence to rid of colonial Britain to Reagan’s proclamation that government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem, we Americans are unique in how we perceive government. Unlike citizens of other nations we have an aversion to government. But we also like its benefits.
Conservatives need to realize that not all government activism is wrong.
Middle America is being ignored by Washington and the media. Centrists are desperate for a voice today; they feel entirely unrepresented.
The U.S. Senate is the ultimate indicator of how extreme partisanship has ravaged American politics and government. In its heyday of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate was the great example of American democracy. Now it’s the model for dysfunction and hyper-partisanship.
The “hyper-partisan Senate” is the same institution with the same rules, but with a drastically different set of circumstances.
In politics there is a well known secret that everyone privately talks about but never mentions in public. It’s something that all campaigns acknowledge and incorporate into their political strategies. It’s something that all politicians know but will never say. The average American voter does not know left from right; figuratively and literally.
Since he took office the strongest criticism leveled at President Obama is that he is somehow anti-business. This is a story that has gotten a lot of press lately. Some CEOs have even gone to the extreme by labeling Obama a socialist and another called him Hitler. While these are rare and extreme cases, the divide between the president and the business community has been growing. That’s probably why he decided to do a town hall broadcast moderated by John Harwood of CNBC, the business and financial channel. During it Obama took on his critics. In response to the question “are you vilifying the business community?” Obama responded,
On September 20th President Obama did a town hall meeting moderated by John Harwood of CNBC. During the hour broadcast the president answered questions from Mr. Harwood as well as from people in the audience. Below are some of the best quotes of the day. Actually the text below is almost the president’s entire dialogue. The red text are questions and topics. The blue text are his responses.
More than 60% of Americans are either independents or moderates. Yet our political system is dominated by the extremes of both political parties and their supporting special interests.
Politics has become a team sport in which polls, perception, and partisanship are more important than reality, reforms, and results.
This misrepresentation of the American public is due to many different factors. Chief among them is that individuals who are active in politics are usually highly partisan and ideologically extreme. If they weren’t then they would have less motivation to engage in political activities. Moderates are usually less motivated to engage.
Since the turn of the 20th century American society has been defined by a sense of unity or community cooperation. People and the professions they performed were defined by what they contributed to society as a whole. Individual responsibility was about providing something for the public good.
The two world wars, the Great Depression, and the Cold War all contributed to reinforcing this shared dependability and responsibility. Each citizen living his or her responsibility meant dependability for the community.