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more-moderate-than-thou

I want to interrupt my incessant prattling about Beltane to solicit some opinions. Have you noticed how prevalent is the notion that only centrists are reasoned and sane? How often do you hear someone say "I think both parties are nuts. The only reasonable position is the middle one."

I'm gonna call bullshit on that. I think it's intellectually lazy. What people really mean by this is that the only good opinion is one that has been carefully considered, and that's certainly true, but simply adopting a "moderate" or "middle of the road" position isn't the same thing. It's a cheat, and it's no substitute for actually thinking.

I'll also point out (and you knew this was coming) that I think this is a device used more often by the Right these days. "Fair and Balanced," right? The GOP is the voice of the infallible "center" and those crazies on the Left are insufficiently moderate. This is the single most boldly marketed message coming from the Right these days. The pronouncement of their supreme even-handedness.

I've seen a lot of ads on the Metro lately listing the most extreme circumstances under which abortions occur, and asking if abortion rights have "gone to far." That's just the most disingenuous load of crap. Those people aren't concerned that we've "gone to far". They are simply trying a slight of hand to distract the public from their extreme (yes, extreme) agenda in which no woman has the right to an abortion.

OK, I could go on, but I'm beginning to sort of ramble around the issue here.

Anyone wanna argue with me? I'm truly very interested in contradictory opinions (how moderate of me!) because I am still trying to solidify this concept in my mind. And hearing other peoples' thoughts is one way we liberals inform ourselves, ya see.

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fenriss
May. 9th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, see, you're on to one of the things that bugs me about this. So many of those middle-of-the-roaders are such smug bastards about it! They act like it's some great virtue not to hold any strong opinions, and it's just so terribly distasteful when people do. They stand around at cocktail parties, congratulating each other for being indifferent. Gah!!
peregrin8
May. 9th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aren't we great? The status quo is treating us so well, and we don't much care about anyone else! They are all so crass, with their opinions and concerns!

(um. blech!)
timquestionmark
May. 9th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
I consider anyone who has no opinion to be tacitly supporting the status quo. I don't consider the status quo to be moderate, so therefor anyone trying to pull that on me would get a big fat "RIGHTY" stamp across their forehead. If growing up in fundamentalist churches taught me nothing else it taught me that if you aren't with us you are against us.

fenriss
May. 10th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
therefor anyone trying to pull that on me would get a big fat "RIGHTY" stamp across their forehead.

Word.

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