People ask me why I steer toward the middle of the political road. It’s because I’ve discovered that when people veer to the extreme left or right, they end up in the gutter.
That’s not where I want to live.
There is a way out of the gutter. We have to reach out and connect with the people on the opposite side, and then pull each other toward the middle. Which means compromise.
Compromise, not inflexibility, is the heart of democracy. Rule by those who’ve managed to gain temporary control is not democracy, it’s arithmocracy. In such a system, those who’ve “won” rule, and others have no real say. But then the others invariably rise up and wrench back control, producing a constant lurch from one extreme to other, resulting in–let’s call it gutterocracy–a system of stagnation and decay.
That’s not what I want.
No, I’m not wishy-washy, thank you very much–I’m a radical moderate!* And if you don’t like it, well…(deep breath)…
Let’s meet in the middle and talk about it.
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*P.S. “Moderate” is a much misunderstood term. According to Dictionary.com it means: “Keeping within reasonable limits; not extreme or excessive.” It does not mean dead center, it means steering clear of “unreasonable extremes.”