03 Feb 2011

I'm finding an unusual number of good op-eds in local papers today... This one comes from Bill King, at The Houston Chronicle. He's responding to a piece in the New York Times by Krugman, that claims we can't have a more respectable discourse because the country is too diametrically split. For anyone who actually knows their polling, this is a plainly inaccurate thing to say. King does a good job deconstructing this myth, and goes right for the jugular by talking about what is supposedly the most contentious of all... abortion: Krugman analogizes the current debate over the social safety net to the debate over abortion, an issue that he concludes the country has made no progress in resolving. But in fact, the issue has been largely resolved. For a number of years now, the polls indicate that a solid majority of Americans think that abortion is morally wrong, but are unwilling to use the police power of the state to enforce their view except i...

24 Nov 2010

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 ...

22 Nov 2010

We've been hearing for years that the Republican party is becoming a regional party, giving up huge swaths of the country as it becomes more and more conservative. They barely have any congresspersons or senators heading to D.C. from New England or the West Coast, and the ones that are are the few that buck the national trend, sticking to a more moderate tack. But a lesser noticed aspect of that dynamic is the other side of the coin - Democrats are playing catch up to also become a regional party, by giving up on huge portions of the South and Midwest (and rural areas in general). As both major parties pull farther and farther from the center, more each election cycle are finding that the parties have left them. They declare their independence... creating a situation where there are a growing number of states where independents are the ones who are in the majority of registered voters. Earlier this year, John Avlon, the leading centrist indepe...

08 Jul 2010

Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search to see if my site was listed on Google yet. Not surprisingly it is, as I set up my Adsense account just the other day and saw that Google had crawled my site, but I came across a very nice article, by David Ignatius at the Washington Post, literally titled 'Rise of the Center'. It would make for a good story if I said that I read this way back in November of 2005, and have been looking for the right time to start a blog called this ever since. Its not true, but I might say it at dinner parties just for fun anyway...really though, it almost perfectly explains what this blog is about. For example: "With Tuesday's elections, you could sense a small shift in the polarities that have been tugging Republicans and Democrats toward their bases. All of a sudden the center doesn't look quite so lonely or inhospitable. In fact, it may be regaining its status as the commanding heights of American politics." He...

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...