Gordon Chaffin, on over at Voice of Moderation, has a bitter pill for moderates – that has a lot of truth to it:
We moderates get attacked as part of the “mushy middle” partly because few of us ever stick up for ourselves. That’s got to change right now! We’ve got to respond with the same kind of intensity that the poles of the political spectrum often feature. I don’t mean that we start throwing hyper-charged, overly-exaggerated rhetoric around.
I mean that we should start organizing and standing up for the silent majority of Americans who care more about progress than the score of the never-ending Red-Blue Deathmatch that plays itself out every day in Washington. We need to start rising from the grassroots from across the country – leveraging the wonderful work of groups like No Labels, the Third Way, The Tuesday Group, and the Blue Dog Caucus.
I echo these thoughts regularly on this blog. Thankfully, organizations are finally rising up to take up this challenge, which is why I called this blog Rise of the Center (and not Mainstream Current, the working name I was using up until about two weeks before I launched).
Movements generally form when segments of a population can’t stand something any longer. This is why you saw the rise of left wing groups like MoveOn during the years when Bush and the Republicans took the country further to the right, and the rise of right wing groups like the Tea Party as Obama has taken the country farther to the left. But the same thing seems to be happening now, as both parties are moving farther away from the center, while at the same time just plain doing a terrible job of governing.
As good as it is to point out where the two major parties are going wrong, not following that up with working towards alternatives doesn’t accomplish much, if anything at all. With the rise of No Labels, its time for people who have been railing on the two major parties over the last few years to put their money where their mouths have been.