Hooray For Libertarian-ish Centrists, the 42 Percent Solution to All That Ails Politics!
The Wash Post's Kathleen Parker writes of the unacknowledged powerhouse in American politics, the vast plurality of political independents (42 percent) who cast a pox on the far right and far left and on the Reps and Dems. You may be a centrist…if you are fiscally conservative and socially tolerant.
Centrists—who may be broadly defined as fiscally conservative, socially libertarian-ish—have been relatively quiet as "patriots" have made threats, building armies of "hunters" to bring down RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) or creating online "leper colonies" to post the names of those who, for example, dared speak out against Sarah Palin.
This is, of course, a drum that we've beat long and hard at Reason, in all its emanations: That broadly defined believers in "Free Minds and Free Markets" are in fact the dominant group in the U.S. of A.
And sadly, among the least politically powerful.