There have been a few attempts to form American “Moderate Parties” here and there – but in general, Americans – since each one of us is so much smarter than the next guy – rely on our own Either/Or extremist logic to find our political positions.
I, of course, no longer go along with that. It occurred to me the other day that the notions of useful, virtuous politics that I keep coming back to recall some out-of-fashion words:
Pluralism – that out of many and various, we can be one (or at least operate and co-exist as one state)
Centrism – that if you reject the extremes, each one ever-hungry to “stand against” the other, and then concentrate on the commonalities, you can develop Central Values and a Centrist Platform.
Very out of fashion. But I think Ike would have approved.