24 Nov 2010

Centrist Independents & Moderates – HERE is The Chance You’ve Been Waiting For

Every couple days or so anymore, as this blog has gotten more popular, I get someone asking me what it is they can do to help the groundswell of centrist independents, and moderates of all stripes, fight back against the democrats and republicans. What can they personally do?

I always give them the same general answer… that they need to pick a candidate, cause or organization and put time, energy and money into it. It really is that simple… and if there aren’t any, start one.

I realize that most people aren’t social/political entrepreneurs like I am. I’ve started several grassroots groups, worked with campaigns on both sides over the years, I spend a few hours each and every day on this blog and other efforts and even ran a short lived political nonprofit that mostly focused on voter registration – registering nearly eleven thousand people in Eastern Nebraska in 2008. I realize that most people will give up if they can’t find something to join up with… but from now on they don’t have any excuses.

There is an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal today, that goes into much more detail than has previously been released about the ideas and people behind No Labels, a new political organization. I bumped into them on twitter a few months ago, as they were just getting started, have had the pleasure of talking to a handful of their staff and can tell you they have their heads in the right place.

If you read that article, you’ll see that they’ve got the resources to get started, they’ve got the right people giving them advice (including Michael Bloomberg and John Avlon – my personal favorite politician and pundit, respectively) and they’ve got the message that voters are yearning for…

But this is something that will only work if enough people like you put some skin in the game.

If you’re one of the millions of people who have shook your head in disgust as those who would call themselves our leaders have led us down a path towards ruin, this is the best chance we’ve had since the time of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Movement (unfortunately the liberals have co-opted that label) to fight back against political extremes.

So go out there now… I really mean now. And while you’re waiting:

CLICK HERE to join up on their Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE to check out their twitter feed.

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CLICK HERE to check out their website, where you can sign up on the right sidebar.

Its been far too long that we’ve let those on the left and right walk all over us. No Labels is taking the lead and we can either join and make sure it succeeds, or no longer make excuses when the two parties continue to screw things up. This is a personal challenge – in a democracy it is up to us to represent ourselves. No excuses – act now.

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14 thoughts on “Centrist Independents & Moderates – HERE is The Chance You’ve Been Waiting For”

  1. The ones you are referring to as 'liberals' here have nothing to do with liberalism. Liberalism is the philosophy of John Locke, Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill. Liberalism is not about big government. Neither is it about the minimal state. It is about limited government. The U.S. Constitution is a liberal document. I like your website and feel equally disgusted by both major parties but, please, don't use the term liberal in the wrong way. Liberalism is the philosophy of freedom.

    1. I used the term liberal in the way it is used. I am well aware that in other parts of the world liberal means what we would call libertarian, but just like progressive means nothing like it used to, liberal no longer means what it used to. Like it or not, words change meaning over time based on how people use them… and I didn't use the word liberalism.

    1. Thats just one of their logos… they have other similar designs with a moose, giraffe… penguin, butterfly… thats all I remember. I think there are more.

      I've always thought that an elk would be the best mascot for something like this.

  2. Watch out, the dead-enders of the corporate parties are already readying their talking points to attack the group ahead of its launch. The Democrats' stereotype of centristm/moderatism is well known, i.e. "high-Broderism." The Republican criticism will be equally predictable, they will argue that groups like No Labels are just liberal front groups. Just came across this, for instance: http://michellemalkin.com/2010/11/24/centrist/

  3. This I assure you would be greatly appreicated, I would love to be there but don't know If ill be able to make it I'm willin to live vicarously through others. But will see, I love this website and am proud to share on my facebook.

  4. It does not necessarily mean libertarian either. For instance, Mike Bloomberg (my favorite politician) would be considered a liberal in Europe (he's pro-business and pro-personal liberty), but he's no libertarian. Libertarianism is extreme in its defense of the free market. Liberalism is not. Anyway, regards.

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