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Centrist Politicians are Gone Forever

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Started: 7/24/2015 Category: Politics
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Joyce22

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Partisanship in our county is at an all time high and it will only get worse. There is no hope for cooperation unless there is a a massive upheaval in our political system. Independents like Greg Orman of Kansas ( http://www.kwch.com... ) rarely get through the primary and if they do there is still enormous opposition from either or both opposing parties. Other Independents like Angus King of Maine (http://www.ontheissues.org...) and Bernie Sanders have to choose Democrats or Republicans to caucus with. The Balkanization of the media means we only consume what we want and barely have to interact with those who disagree with us - Debate.org not withstanding. There is no way to successfully challenge this system from the outside and current elected are invested in the status quo. This chicken and egg scenario means partisanship will only get worse.
sansvoix

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First we should define what centrism is.

(https://www.wikiwand.com...)

In politics, centrism or the centre is a political outlook or specific position that involves acceptance or support of a balance of a degree of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy; while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right.

Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton all fit strongly into that definition, as do most of the Democratic and Republican parties. The establishment of both parties want the same thing ultimately, it just depends on how much influence they give the more radical wings of the party. At the moment, the radical wing of the Republican party has a lot of control, hence the lack of bipartisanship and the apparent lack of centrism on the part of the party, but there is still a strong centrist sentiment within the party. Since the Democrats are in government, the party establishment is firmly in control, and the voices towards the left of the party are often not represented. This tends to happen when the Democrats are in office, and vice versa to a lesser extent when the Republicans are in office.

Just because the Republicans are being particularly difficult at the moment, it does not mean that centrism and bipartisanship are dead, they're just out of fashion on one side of Congress.
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Posted by DanielleMontana 2 years ago
DanielleMontana
The problem is no one shows up to vote except the most passionate and they tend to be very pretty far on one side or the other. Everyone in Kansas dislikes Pat Roberts and I talk to people who wonder how he got reelected. I ask if they voted in the election and they say "Well, no..."

You gotta show up if you want to change things. I would love to see an Independent Caucus in Washington D.C. http://www.economist.com...
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