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  •  You are exactly the person I was writing to (1+ / 0-)
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    We have a group of pols in our party who think they are staking out a center position.  But like in the Drunken Man game they are really leaning more and more to the right (they're just too drunk to know it - to keep the analogy going).

    They think they can keep in the center with small pragmatic compromise, but like in a game of tug-o-war, you might move the Right over a foot, but they are sure as hell to try to move you a yard the next time.

    I actually believe that pragmatism is good most of the time (at least it should be), but the Center is so far Right now.  Someone better find a way to make a strong correction to the Left because it is going to happen eventually and it is either going to come from within the Democratic party or from without.

    •  Moderate is the old mainstream conservative. (0+ / 0-)

      Since St Ronnie's coronation the country has been governed from the right, and the further right. The victory of the DLC in the late 80s and 90s has destroyed the once great liberal Democratic party. All of Clinton's misbegotten "accomplishments" were retread GOP schemes from nafta to deregulating wall st. And Pres. Obama passed Newt and Bob Doles 20 yr old healthcare plan. Which our unhelpful media identifies as liberal, mandate and all, simply because a democratic president signed this conservative bill.

      We need to identify the Democratic Party as a mainstream conservative party that has liberal and moderate members and voters. Conservative Democrats are identified as moderate by our lazy broken press. This distorts our public dialogue and allows the extreme rightwing republicans pose as conservatives.

      Just as New Labor PMs Blair and Brown continued Thatcherite policies, Democratic Presidents Clinton and Obama have continued Reganite policies here. The difference is Blair and Brown weren't identified as liberals by the British press.              

      •  True (1+ / 0-)
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        Grabber by the Heel

        Nixon would be considered liberal today's standards!

        (Environmental Protection Agency, for example.)

        The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

        by The Angry Architect on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 10:42:27 AM PDT

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