My skin isn’t thick enough to endure criticism trailblazers like Harris, Pelosi, Gandhi, Meir, and Thatcher have had to suffer; but I have been inspired to follow in their footsteps, in my own ways. As Harris told Marie Claire magazine, “I want [young] women to know, you are powerful and your voice matters." Amen, Sisters. Amen.
Welcome back to The Modern Moderate; we hope you have found a home with colleagues who have a Moderate political persuasion – but also strong, passionate feelings on the subject. We are not afraid to express and act on those feelings. In the past, “Moderate” tended to be seen as spineless or apathetic. We MODERN Moderates are neither. We believe what we believe firmly and confidently, and we are willing to ACT on what we believe.
Here, then, are more of our basic beliefs:
- Neither major political party is above reproach, sadly; and both have helped create the stalemate that paralyzes our country, unable to resolve the vexing issues we face.
- The belief that “government is the problem”, as a former President once declared, is inaccurate. “The government”, after all, is made up mostly of fellow Americans trying their best to HELP us; they work for the military, Social Security Administration, Postal Service, FEMA, Air Traffic Control, and many other agencies serving and protecting us. They do not deserve scorn and ridicule from politicians trying to scapegoat them to score cheap political points.
- Following laws, rules and regulations are necessary concessions we agree to make in a civilized society. Those concessions are justified by our collective desire to be safe, healthy, and fair, so we elect governments to enact and enforce them. From speed limits and prohibitions on drunk driving; to food handling and processing rules; to air, water, and wildlife protections; to prohibitions on discrimination – these are covenants we make with each other for the good of all.
- Science is, well, scientific. Defined as “dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged”, science is based on provable, logical knowledge. We reject politicians’ attempts to ignore, deny or vilify it simply because it is inconvenient — or it costs money – to accept its findings.
For now, these beliefs provide a starting point for our discussions.
If you have other basic beliefs we Modern Moderates should consider, email them to us at:
Or post a comment at the end of this post.
Speaking of that, we Modern Moderates had better start respectfully debating the issues facing us and demanding compromise solutions, because our politicians aren’t. We’d better start ACTING on our beliefs, such as participating in all elections. And we’d better start insisting our leaders abide by these and our other basic beliefs. If we don’t, those who don’t share them could transform our beloved country into one we would barely recognize – and one no longer great. That would be tragic, indeed; so please, join us now.