The Lonely Centrist

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Lonely Centrist

Is there a middle ground in politics anymore? I don't mean a place where people stake out mushy moderate opinions. Rather, I mean a place where people engage in independent thinking, treat each other with courtesy, and debate the merits, rather than engage in ad hominem criticism and speculation about the motives of the speaker. Some place - unlike, say, Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, or Free Republic, where name calling quickly replaces debate. A place where reason rules over emotion.

Why is it that when I talk with my conservative friends I feel so liberal, and when I talk with my liberal friends I feel so conservative? It is not, as I think readers will soon find out, that my opinions lack definition. It is, I think, more a tone of debate, a tone of good faith. Can it be restored to the blogosphere. I don't know, but I figured I may as well try. So I decided to start my own little blog, the Lonely Centrist, and here it is.

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