1. Durl

    In earlier posts, you mentioned the widening gap between liberal and conservative politics in the nation. I’ve seen many studies that show the public is largely centrist.

    I believe that the tide of anger in the political races is a manifestation of the public reacting to our government not addressing problems that the voters think are important. When we see our politicians fight over things that have no tactical or strategic impact on the nation, we get more angry. A good example of this is all of the current presidential campaigns. The candidates are arguing about what makes a natural born citizen, and who may have stated something in the past that is contrary to what they currently support, and who has the most money.

    Hello?!? Voters are interested in employment opportunities, take home pay, good healthcare, good roads and bridges, fair taxation, good housing, good education for children, etc. etc. etc.

    • Bookscrounger

      I hope you’re right. I’ve seen some data (can’t find it right now) that suggests that the middle is shrinking.

      Voters are certainly interested in the things you mention, and I would add to them that I think many Americans worry about injustice and human suffering everywhere. Some of my arguments here have been building to the idea that compassion and justice can be good business; but there is simply a basic decency in many Americans. Hence my post on Bleeding Heart Moderate. We need to be compassionate, but we need to avoid being dogmatic; in my opinion, in fact, dogma typically undermines compassion.

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