Since it seems that now that the 2006 election is 3 months behind us, the 2008 election is in full swing. I won’t claim to be particularly politically aware, but I have become more an more motivated in the last 12 years to do something.
For starters I am going to investigate a premise that I have toyed with for a few months, but first I will identify some interesting sites I have come across in the process of researching for this premise.
The first has the same name as the title of this post. The Moderate Majority is a web site that states:
Our hope is that partisan people on the far Right and the far Left cannot leave this site without getting mad at something we’ve written (which means they’ll probably think we favor the “other party”).
I like that approach. It sort-of follows the concept that “A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted” (Author Unknown). My corollary is that the majority of people will be best served by the approach that most perturbs the ends of the political spectrum.
Unfortunately the site appears to be somewhat dated in several areas. The supporting data for the Budget area appears out of date, although I think the premise holds. The International section is clearly out of date. Although the proposed middle east plan is intriguing, it is clearly impossible now that a Palestinian government has asserted itself (however unsuccessfully).
The allegory used to explain the current health care crisis is both amusing and revealing. It shows just how ridiculous the current situation of “insurance” really is. Clearly the current approach is unsupportable and some radical changes will be required to straighten things out. With a baby on the way, I’m not eager to give up my cushion of employer paid health-care, but sacrifices will certainly be needed.