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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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rimrender
May. 10th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Kill all career politicains. Problem solved for another 20-50 yrs.
I look at it this way, One choice is no choice. Unfortunately the 2 party system is not going anywhere. The more polarized the politics get the less of a chance of a third party break out. Adams was right, they should have outlawed political parties when writing the constitution. Both parties are wrong to the core, both.
As for the christian element that is driving most of this crap: lion breeding. We need to breed a lot of lions. I'll show them pursicution.

sorry for the really crappy spelling today.
fenriss
May. 11th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Well, first, for the sake of argument, how about the remarks above?

The next time someone claims that both parties are equally nuts, ask them what the liberal equivalent is for the white supremacists in the deep south that lynch black people.

What do you say to that? I'm inclined to say that my personal experience tells me people to the right are far more likely to get crazy and irrational. They're "more wrong." I'm totally prepared to be proven wrong, though. Have at.

Secondly... d00d, are you coming to Beltane or what? Cause you'd said you might, and I'm positively on pins and needles for confirmation. You haven't been in a million years.
rimrender
May. 11th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
i'm seeing what i can work out. I got scheduled to wor Sun @ 09.(always 1 weekend day).

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