11 Oct 2010

I stumbled across an interesting post at a news site in New Jersey, where the writer mirrors comments I've made about how a political party isn't the only way that a movement can enact change. Centrists can learn from some examples of this The Tea Party is an example of this, although they are, of course, mostly working through the Republican party. To a lesser extent, the so-called 'netroots' types, very liberal for the most part, have had increasing influence on the Democrats. The post mentions women's rights and civil rights, as examples, to which I would add the progressive movement (not to be mistaken with those who would call themselves progressive today). The progressives peaked with President Theodore Roosevelt, and some political parties did appear for a time, but their views were largely co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans of the time. This shows how a movement can find other ways besides party formation to bring change. Thi...

08 Jul 2010

a lighthouse in front of the Sleeping Giant at Thunder Bay
I was just thinking to myself just now that this is a great week to start a blog that will be tracking the 'rise of the center' (I should name something after that... wait...) of American politics, with all that has been coming out about centrist independents and moderates, but as I wrote those words just now, it occurred to me that this isn't an abnormal week at all. Over the last few months, I've been digging around for high quality centrist and independent bloggers, columnists and organizations, signing up for their email lists, RSS feeds and any other communications they have. What I've found, but is really only now just starting to sink in, is that it isn't so much that there isn't a constant stream of positive news coming out of what I call the 'centrist groundswell', but its that its so spread out that most centrists and moderates don't notice. That's not merely because we don't have a remotely fair number of centrist voices in the media,...

08 Jul 2010

centrist standing alone
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 polit...