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  •  And the "moderate" BS meme just keeps on (4+ / 0-)

    churning along.

    The reason Americans Elect was unable to generate much popular support is simple: Not many moderates believe both that President Obama is too liberal and Mitt Romney is too conservative. Further, not many moderates feel there is no place for moderates in either the Republican or Democratic parties.
    Gee, ya think?

    This whole "moderate" meme -- along with the "lesser of two evils" meme are just two of the bats used to beat progressive ideals into the ground.

    It's bullshit.

    What is a moderate?  I imagine in fantasy land a moderate might make the following pronouncement:

    Theoretical Moderate:

    Gosh, I think that universal coverage is too liberal.. but at the same time, I have no problem with continuing our wars of aggression overseas.. that's just my moderate position.
    Or, how about this one:
    I'm not necessarily opposed to Glass-Steagal per se, but I do find it to be "too liberal" a policy, despite having been around for nearly 70 years.. how about some Faux Reform Moderates Can Believe In?
    Here's the thing, and it should really wake folks up to how the game of "moderate" is played to pound any semblance of progressive policy into the ground:

    Show me how the GOP attracts moderates.

    Go on.  Cite a policy they advocate that moderates could "agree with".  

    Tax Cuts?  Expanded Security State?  Patriot Act?  Indefinite Detention?  Rendition?  Privatizing our school system?  Anti Union legislation?  Attacking women's rights?

    You think they won control of the House by running as "moderates"?

    You think Bush got elected twice because he appealed to "moderates"?

    Remember the "Who would you rather have a beer with?"

    Yeah.  It sure are fuck wasn't the "moderate" they wanted to have a beer with, was it?

    Funny how that "moderate" meme only applies to progressive policies, isn't it?

    Odd coincidence that.

    Almost as strange as how the filibuster only seems to stop progressive policies, eh?


    There is a reason that Obama's Chiefs of Staff come from Wall Street Banks. And it has nothing to do with Change We Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:25:51 AM PDT

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