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What it Means to be a Moderate

For a while, I’ve been kicking around a few drafts on why I am a moderate, or more specifically, why I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. Though I do agree with many points that both sides come up with, I am loathe to associate myself with either party simply because of their corruption. I will say it now for the record, Clinton was corrupt, and Bush is corrupt. It is disturbing to see how one side will bully the other when they are in power. And when out of power, will cry loudly that it is unfair. This is a farce of democracy, and unfortunately, Bush himself has unveiled plan B, which is to turn America into a single-party system (no doubt the Democrats would have done the same). The tactics are straightforward and simple, bully the opposition until they are assimilated or give up. This is why I’m a moderate.

On a related note, Betsy R. Vasquez, of ModerateIndependent.com, has written an excellent editorial in the same thread: Changing The, “They Both Suck, So I Don’t Vote” Equation. I stumbled across the site today and was exhilarated to find a very large gathering of like-minded folks who are willing to expose corruption, without reservations associated with partisanship.

Remember, Bush won’t be president forever, and a Democrat may wield those same executive powers (PATRIOT, PATRIOT II, VICTORY) that will cause Republicans to cry in dismay.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at August 21, 2003 1:16 PM