No moderates left in politics
I read with great interest Mr. Shouse’s letter on Monday, “We must vote and look forward to better choices,” as I am in agreement with his thoughts. I will be voting in my 12th presidential election this November and am appalled at my choices. It is hard to believe that our next president will be Mr. Trump or Secretary Clinton.
I have wondered often how we have arrived at this position, so I sought out answers. There is a book called “It is Even Worse Than It Looks” by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, two political scientists that have, for the most part, accurately described how our political system has devolved to its current state. I do not agree with all of their premises, but it is a good overview.
Essentially, both parties have become ideologically extreme, unwilling to compromise, ignoring facts, evidence and science, and dismissing the legitimacy of the political opposition. Every candidate is in eternal campaign mode leaving little time for actual governing. In this environment, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country’s most pressing needs.
Apparently there are no moderates in Congress anymore, as the most conservative Democrat is to the left of the most liberal Republican.
I have to believe there is a vast group of the electorate that wants our elected officials to work together to solve this country’s problems, but I fear that will not be happening anytime soon.
Steven Epple Mill Creek