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Posted by on Jan 2, 2006 in At TMV | 5 comments

Quote Of The Day: Tutakai On The Two Parties And Moderates


Tutakai is one of TMV’s favorite sites since in its always-articulate posts it makes no bones that moderates can indeed (and DO) take strong positions…and can play a role (as they have throughout American history). Here’s a key quote from its latest post (but read the whole thing):

The truth is that both parties are increasingly the puppets of their most extreme elements. While a Republican Party dominated by demogogues like Rick Santorum and corrupt hacks like Tom Delay plays simplistic “with us or against us” labelling games to suppress any hint of serious political debate and exploits moralistic social and religious dogmas to scare voters with the gay/black/Muslim boogeyman, a Democratic Party run by the unstable Howard Dean openly roots for American defeat in Iraq so as to enliven their longstanding tantrum against the hated George W. Bush. Both parties have lost sight of their philosophical roots and serious conservatives and liberals are in revolt.

It is in the nature of moderate politics to recognize some valid principles from both sides. From conservatives, we inherent a strong realism and a skepticism towards utopian projects from socialism through libertarianism. From liberals, we are inspired by a desire to redress social ills, fighting poverty and intolerance that leads to violence. Our own contribution is a strong pragmatism, the fulcrum upon which we balance the contributions from conservatives and liberals and translate them into meaningful policies that value effectiveness over ideological purity.

It’s also worth noting that even moderates are not monolithic and don’t agree on everything (we’re sure some will disagree with some assertions in the above quote). Debe leer la cosa entera…

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  • Ginifer

    Both parties have lost their way. They are in the pockets of big business, special interests, and are only looking out for themselves and not for the average American citizen.

  • Comparing Dean–who is actually a centrist Dem if you look at his record–to Rick Santorum or Tom Delay is completely absurd.

    Almost as absurd as Tutakai’s claim that Dean “openly roots for American defeat in Iraq so as to enliven their longstanding tantrum against the hated George W. Bush”.

    Tutakai is not a moderate. He is a delusional moron.

    If he really wanted to demostrate how the Dems have lost their way (and they have) he has a plethora of politicians to choose from over Dean. The fact that he chose Dean shows his ignorance of Dean’s voting record.

    Anyways, his blog sucked before and it still sucks now.

  • Both parties have lost their way. They are in the pockets of big business, special interests, and are only looking out for themselves and not for the average American citizen

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    i completely agree with that statement.. i was in another forum the other day and the discussion was how the repub’s are basically 2 groups. the rich and mostly corrupt engaging in spin just to gain wealth and power in washington and the (sudden) influx of the lower class uneducated religious freaks who are buying into bush’s crap.. now i don’t know where any of you stand and i dont’ really agree with a lot that this site says (this blog where i’m posting now).. but anyway someone posted one simple sentence that really summed it up and that is, “that republicans are voting against themselves”.. this was in regards to the lower income uneducated who have helped bush… i found that statement so proufound and true..

    also interesting discussion .. if you google the word “cults” and read the definition of what makes a cult, a cult leader, and a cult follower..it seems to fit like a glove to the present blind devotion to this bush administration and it’s corrupt and inept behavior yet ppl just keep exclaiming their devotion to him… it totally freaks me out .. i keep wondering just what does he have to do, how many have to die (whether iraq or new orleans or 9/11).. how many on his watch have to be hurt, how many laws can he and his party break before people wake up and care…

    http://jeannie411.blogdrive.com

  • DougJ

    Dean is a scary whack job. He would return the country to the Marxist policies of the Carter years if given the change.

  • I once fancied myself a moderate (and still do, at times), except that so often politicians fail the label completely. I think that it most cases of the “moderate” voter, the position is the logical result of repulsion of both the right and the left and a certain understanding of both sides. There are also, IMO, certain politicians who stand for a certain principled moderatism (Lieberman and McCain come to mind- The GOP’s favorite Democrat and the Dems favorite Republican.)

    HOWEVER- so many politicians aim to become “moderates” not because of what they believe, but instead merely in an attempt to lose as few votes as possible. What does John Kerry or Hillary Clinton really, actually, truly believe is the right approach in Iraq? Honestly, I cannot parse their beliefs from their BS, which is forgivable to me on most issues, except that this is a war, and I don’t especially like the idea of a war being treated as a piece on a political checker-board.

    It doesn’t especially matter that moderates don’t agree on everything- neither do libs or conservatives. However, what is disconcerting is that both liberals and conservatives have “theoretical” practicioners, so to speak, that they can point to as faithfully representing the heart of their movement. It’s so difficult to determine who’s really a moderate and who only moves to the center when its politically expedient.

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