What it means to be a moderate

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    I consider myself to be a moderate because I recognize one simple truth when it comes to pure left wing vs pure right wing political and economic philosophy: They both lead to disaster, period.

    When it comes to political and economic policy I like use the analogy that running the country is like driving a car down the road. There are often curves in the road ahead that require the driver to steer more left or steer more right depending upon the circumstances. If the driver only ever steers to the right, he will eventually go off the road into a ditch. If the driver only ever steers left, he too will eventually go off the road into a ditch. And just as important if not moreso, if the driver fails to see an oncoming curve and doesn't steer appropriately, he will go off the road into a ditch.

    Being a moderate means that you cannot fall in love with either left-wing nor right-wing ideology but rather recognize the strengths and weakness of each and maintain an open, objective mind when it comes to determining which direction we ought to be turning the steering wheel.

    I get the sad impression from our current crop of leaders that everyone is trying to grab the wheel but nobody is looking at the road.

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    I think being a moderate means that by sticking to the middle road you are allowing the left and the right to deterimine what you position will be rather than thinking for yourself.
     
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    That's because you are a fool, no offense.

    On any one given issue, the moderate picks a side based on his own conscience.

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    You are mistaken. You are describing an independant not a moderate.
    A moderate is someone with no mind of his own.
    Glad I could clear that up for you.
     
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    Excellent post OP. Being a moderate doesn't mean you can't have right, or left views-but means you know that following one of those paths solely leads to disaster. I have several right, and left views, and most of them are strong views of mine. And yes the GOP and the Dems are just trying to get control of the wheel, without paying attention to the road.

    Very well said.

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    Intelligence from manifold?

    Hell hath frozen over.

    Your brother in Christ,
    xotoxi

    P.S. I agree completely.
     
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    Being moderate:


    Usually about 350.



    (and where the hell is my degree symbol!)
     
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    being a moderate means that the left wing thinks you are a right winger and the right wing thinks you are a left winger
     
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    and logic and reason
     

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