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Mark McKinnon On Being A Centrist



The former staffer for George W. Bush makes some very salient points about those of us in the middle:
For most of my life, I've considered myself a political centrist. Because our system allows only two party choices, I've chosen to be a Republican for the last 15 years. More policy positions on the conservative side appeal to me. But according to the rules of our political and media culture, if you're not on the right, you're on the left. And if you're not on either, you're a squish—a Republican in Name Only, or RINO. Those of us who don't choose the extremes are told we don't stand for anything.

But being a centrist is not about choosing sides, and it's not about standing for nothing. It's about choosing what we believe are good ideas from both sides of the political spectrum. A broad base of support in the middle brings balance to the see-saw of political power. When the fulcrum shifts right, conservatism rises. When it shifts left, liberalism rides high. But the broader the base at the midpoint, the more stable the ride—no matter how many pile on at the extremes. And don't call us moderate, because we believe as passionately in our core beliefs as those on either side of us.
...he goes on to propose a 12-point-plan that outlines steps to an American recovery. Some of which are great ideas (#10), some of which are good ideas (#8), and some of which I am little wary (#9).

Read the whole thing here. What say you?

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