Monday, January 15, 2007

Time for a Post-Partisan Era


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Governor Schwarzenegger has said he wants to usher in a "post-partisan" approach to California's problems. Perhaps we ought to take a "post-partisan" approach to the entire United States, not just California.

Try this on for size:
Neither of today’s major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money.

For most of the 20th Century, the contest for the U.S. presidency was waged over those “in the middle.” Recent Presidential elections, however, have not been focused on the middle but on the turnout of each party’s special interest groups – with each party’s “base” representing barely ten percent of the American people.

We believe that, while the leaders of both major parties are well intentioned people, they are trapped in a flawed system – and that the two major parties are today simply neither relevant to the issues and challenges of the 21st Century nor effective in addressing them.

As a result, most Americans have not been enthusiastic about the choices for President in recent elections, the key issues they ran on, or the manner in which the campaigns were conducted.
This speaks to me. For years, I have claimed to be a member of the "radical center." I have firm beliefs which are from both sides of the aisle, and then some.

So, where's the above from? Well, this is from Unity08.

Today, on Left, Right, and Center, I heard mention of Unity08 and an article in the Atlantic Monthly by Joshua Green: Dismayed by the system they helped to create, some veteran political strategists are out to subvert it—and create a better choice for 2008.

Read about it, and consider joining the post-partisan era of unity.

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