Note to Moderates: Wake Up Or Stay Home

Does that sound harsh? Sorry.

It's just that moderates don't exist.

Amongst politicians, "moderate" is, at its worst, a euphemism for opportunist. At its best, it is a euphemism for someone willing to compromise their principles.

But amongst voters, moderate is something far, far worse. A moderate voter is concerned above all else with style. Moderate voters are the ones who vote for the person that seems nicest or most likable. They're the ones who wish everybody could just be nicer about everything.

Moderates are the ones who decide who to vote for based on something called character, rather than getting informed on issues and positions and, you know, reality.

So here's my advice to so-called moderates: If the only thing you can vote on is character, then don't vote for anybody you don't know well. I'm not talking about "heard them give a speech" well, or "shook their hand" well, or "the man on the radio says he's a good guy" well -- I'm talking about been in the trenches, seen into the soul, watched how they treat their family, got your back in a bar-fight well. If the most important thing to you when voting for a leader is character, then you better be damn f@cking sure about it next time you decide to vote for somebody.

Because the characters you've stuck us with the last few times around are leaving something to be desired.


Chris said...

I disagree with your characterization. Moderates are people who realize to much change too fast is not good. Moderates are people who realize that there is more than one way to accomplish a goal. Moderates are people who recognize that compromise often brings more good to more people--more people pissing out of the tent than pissing in. Moderates have a pragmatic streak.

Devout belief in any one political or religious ideology might look good on paper--but real life means translating that to something that really works.

catastrophile said...

If all you believe in is moderation, what do you actually believe in?

Compromise and pragmatism do not constitute a philosophy; they constitute rational behavior. What passes for the political center these days is not people working toward common ground; it's people who don't actually know what they believe, simply wishing people could be nicer to each other.

What kind of positions is "the center" taking anymore? All I hear are focus-grouped platitudes taking the place of firm stands on policies. I consider it a symptom of everything that's broken about our political system.

Because if the major principle you believe in is compromise, that's going to show through in the resulting policies. If the major principle you believe in is compromise, you're going to be pushed around by people who don't believe in it at all.

Sound familiar?