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What it means to be a "Centrist"

Or how I hide from my values...

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I recently posted this little essay on the Facebook wall of someone I knew from my Illinois days. She believes it is better to perhaps be a "moderate" or a "centrist". So I of course had to add my two cents to the discussion as follows:

I'm sorry Karen and David. But the fallacy of being a "centrist" or "moderate" as you've called yourselves is that you'll compromise your ideals, the truths that are worth fighting for, in order to achieve a little peace in your utopian world of unicorns and rainbows.

But it's not to be as Ben Franklin so succinctly pointed out when he wrote: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." And that in essence is what you do with your so called moderation.

It's a cop-out. A chance to run and hide and pretend that you are taking the higher ground. When in reality you shirk from your duties to fight for your ideals, your beliefs, your ethos: What it is that defines your character.

It's not any safer to sit on a fence as those who don't believe in your moderation rightly see it as a weakness of the mind and the soul. One where you'll cave to a more determined opponent's demands for the sake of finding that middle ground and delight in your own self-belief that you've actually accomplished something.

And understand that while I'm not a Republican per se., I do vote for Republican candidates as well as conservative candidates as they more closely align with my values and those of my family. And I'm certainly not a Democrat who as we've seen at their convention today had to modify their own platform to include the word "God" in it and to state an allegiance to Israel (it was not in the Democrat platform).

The middle is a great place to be if you want to find a watered down value system, or just a bunch of muddied confused ideals. It's not the place to be if you have a spine and backbone and are able to stand up for your ideals and values.

Written by Shade

Wednesday 05 September 2012 at 8:25 pm

Posted in News & Editorials

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