Why Start a New Independent Centrist Blog?
I launched Rise of the Center to try and debunk myths, fight back against extremism – ideological and otherwise – call out corruption wherever I see it and track the evolution of the emerging rise of the center of the American electorate, from center-right / moderate conservatives, centrist independents and center-left / moderate liberals. There are other centrist independents in the blogosphere and on social media, but not nearly enough.
A cursory view of the support among the general populace for the two party system over the last few decades shows a steady move away from the two parties, as they have become more corrupt, influenced by narrow special interests and have moved farther away from the majority of Americans who stand in the center of the political spectrum. But it wasn’t until more recently that those who consider themselves unrepresented, or underrepresented, began to coalesce into a political force in some areas.
While some may call this a movement, it is still most definitely far too early to reasonably call it that. A more accurate description would be to call it a groundswell of moderate conservatives becoming more disillusioned with the Republican Party, moderate liberals becoming increasingly disillusioned with the Democratic Party and centrists – most of us being independents already – having no political home that we and our views are welcome.
Centrists & Moderates no Longer Welcome in Either Party & Getting Worse
Instead of adapting to an increasingly disappointed public by actually listening to centrists and moderates, the two major parties have turned up the dial on the very things that are pushing the American people away from them. It seems all we have to do anymore is wait a few months to see a new bar set on hyperpartisan gamesmanship, absurdly dirty campaigning, ethical breaches and blatant pandering to the narrow special interests that have so much control over the Democratic and Republican parties.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, their standard response to those who point out that they are losing the support of the core of the American electorate is that these people really are just wishy washy Democrats or Republicans that just wont admit it to themselves… which is made even more ridiculous in the face of many years of so called RINO (Republican In Name Only) & DINO (Democrat In Name Only) hunting that has pushed out most of the moderates in the House and Senate, leaving the parties farther apart, more ideologically extreme and more disconnected from the core of the American electorate than they may have ever been.
How do they get away with both pushing moderates and centrists out, while claiming that these same people are really just one of them, but in denial?
It’s Up to Centrists & Moderates to Represent Ourselves
I could point fingers in a multitude of directions to explain this, but while there is plenty of genuine blame to go around, the hard truth is that we centrists & moderates have failed ourselves. Sure, the media often eats up the partisan talking points – hook line and sinker, and sure, the two major parties use their megaphones to drown out our voices… but in a Democracy, the peoples’ job is to speak for themselves.
Blaming others really just amounts to a self defeating attitude that doesn’t help our cause one bit. Centrists & moderates used to be a potent force in both parties, and over the course of 30-odd years, more ideologically extreme elements in both parties have outworked us, outmaneuvered us and outspent us to successfully push most of us out of both major parties – the moderate caucuses are now the weakest in both parties.
The centrist independent giant is starting to stir, though, in the form of grassroots groups all over the country, political nonprofit organizations, fledgling politically moderate to centrist party organizations and a few parties that are beginning to make some waves in places like Oregon and Minnesota.
Voices of moderation are gaining a following in the political blogosphere, new thought leaders are bubbling up amongst the ranks of columnists and authors, and independent faces are showing up on television news. Perhaps the most telling factoid about this groundswell potentially nearing a breakthrough into a full fledged movement is the increasing numbers of moderate/centrist independent candidates running for offices, up and down the ballot, across the country.
Here at Rise of the Center, we’ll cover all of these things, show the partisan hacks that middle is anything but mushy and to encourage community among the centrist, moderate and independent thinking electorate.
I hope you enjoy it, and are enriched by its content.
Thanks for reading,