Category Archives: Radical Centrism

Political Thought And My Liberty

Jeep Liberty Renegade
Jeep Liberty Renegade

WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN OUR PLEDGE to outline and critique the basic tenets of Radical Centrism as postulated by Ted Halstead and Michael Lind in their book The Future of American Politics: The Radical Center. Unfortunately, it seems the only time I have had a chance to focus on any reading outside a computer screen these busy days is when I have been sitting idle in the waiting room at the Jeep dealership while mechanics fumble around on the barely used vehicle I bought in December, a 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade with only 10K miles on it.

It's now boasting 14K, but has been in the shop three times already. Once, for a factory recall item I only learned about a week after purchasing the Jeep. Once, with a busted tail light when I backed into a wayward 2x4 poking out of the wall shelving in the garage of my studio building. And again, when the engine light came on and stayed on as I was traveling back from the north Georgia mountains the day after a thicket of ice & snow had swept through the Mid-Atlantic region.

And now that I have read to page 188 of some 240 pages, I should be able to finish it soon because the engine light is once again rearing its ugly likeness, just three days after the last time it was in the shop. But the mechanic had warned me that the source of the misfiring in one of the vehicle's six cylinders had not been properly rectified, and would still need more investigation. They'd replaced the sparkplugs, no charge. But I desperately needed to get back to work on that particular day. They'd already possessed my precious Liberty for five and a half hours, so I said I'd bring it back soon.

The engine light stayed off for three days. Ah, the joy.

Meanwhile, Halstead and Lind's book was somewhat interesting in promoting personal health accounts seeded by Feds for every child born in the United States. I wonder who would be more honest in controlling these "personal" health care accounts—the always charming Feds or the down and outers of whatever quarter looking to rob Peter to pay Paul just to cover a day's habit whatever habit that may be...

Beating The Dead Horse

Epic Colonial
America and Americans First
STILL READING THE RADICAL center book. But let's get simple here. Am I conservative? I have morals. Am I liberal? I want the American worker to be productive, and compensated accordingly. I want decent jobs to stay in this country. I want to buy American made products and services. I want a health care system affordable enough to protect the American family. I want our taxes to stay in AMERICA with the idea of improving AMERICA—NOT to Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I want the media to be owned by more than three or four corporations.

We need our borders closed and all immigration into this nation of laws and procedures to be as scrutinized as the damned stock market numbers. We need the US military strengthened to protect our the land of our fathers and our children. We need bold leaders with strong unflinching credentials. Credentials of decency and brutal honesty.

Suffice it to say we are neither served nor titillated by politicians who use their power to lie to the American citizenry or to have sex with staff. American leadership is so deftly corrupt that nothing short of revolutionary regeneration will ever repair the damage they are doing to this country on so many levels.

Remember when Guiliani told the Arab prince where to stick his $10 million check right after September 11? I certainly do. A proud moment for the old American spirit. Refusing to be bought and sold (unlike Fox News who now has Arab investors), Guiliani won the hour. How's this for a deserving ticket?

Support Guiliani/Tancredo in '08. A merrily we must go while beating the dead horse...

Bill Clinton: Election No Move To The Left

Bill Clinton
In Ottawa Canada last night, former president Bill Clinton told a crowded forum that the election results were "a rejection of hard-headed, ideological politics in which people just make up their mind what the answer is and then they try to make the facts fit the answer," according to a report in the Toronto Star.

At a press conference before his address to a Jewish National Fund dinner, Clinton noted: "I think the American people prefer, first, a government that gets things done and is not mired in partisan gridlock."

Clinton also told reporters at the press conference that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's resignation was "more or less inevitable" because even before the elections, notable military publications in the U.S. were asking for a new direction in Iraq. It provides an opportunity "to make a new beginning" on Iraq, Clinton added.

The former president told the dinner crowd that Americans, while more "culturally conservative" than Canadians, are at the core "a practical people," adding, "It would be a big mistake to read the results as some big move to the left in America." Confessing that he flew to Canada after staying up until 5 in the morning celebrating his wife Hillary's re-election to the U.S. Senate, the former president concluded that U.S. voters clearly want a government that doesn't stray too far to the right or too far to the left.

To achieve lasting impact a third party in this nation of binary thinkers must do their homework this time, and be prepared to whittle down the "bad" ideas of each party and keep only the "good" ones in creating an executable platform sculpted to cross party lines and draw together the largest block of voters who want a home in American politics but find both existing parties too damn ridiculous to warrant their loyalty.
"They thought that the government has gone too far to the right, is too unaccountable," Clinton said. "So what they voted for was not necessarily to legitimize the whole Democratic agenda but to give us a chance to build the vital centre of America and to get things done and come together."

We must fully understand that a "government of action" when compared to the pompous entrenchment of hackneyed partisanship is by definition—radical. This realization is one of the secrets of overcoming the general apathy of citizens wearied by the corrupt and dysfunctional nature of an aging democracy. A government stymied by partisan gridlock is just that, a government stymied by partisan gridlock. So we can infer that Mr. Clinton agrees with The Scenewash Project in suggesting that radical centrism is the best chance for a fresh beginning in building a more reflective, more engaging, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

With Joe Lieberman's win in Connecticut this past Tuesday, there are even more pundits in the media hyperventilating over the possibility of the rise of a strong third American political party. It's certainly possible. We only have to recall the excitement in 1992 of the Ross Perot presidential campaign spectacle.

To achieve lasting impact a third party in this nation of binary thinkers must do their homework this time, and be prepared to whittle down the "bad" ideas of each party and keep only the "good" ones in creating an executable platform sculpted to cross party lines and draw together the largest block of voters who want a home in American politics but find both existing parties too damn ridiculous to warrant their loyalty.

I suggest we go back to "we the people" again for some answers...

Air That I Breathe

WELL, HERE'S ANOTHER SNIPPET I found from the past. Turns out Miller didn't run. Turns out I never heard another word about this Dennis Miller for US Senate blip on the radar.

Dateline, September 29, 2003. Whoops, there it is! I couldn't believe it. I tune in to Fox News this morning and hear within the first few minutes that Dennis Miller, yes, THAT Dennis Miller, former ABC Monday Night Football color man, erudite comedian, and political wit of some regard, is actually considering a run for the US Senate on the Republican ticket! Amazing! Just last week, on September 22, in this column, I postulated a Miller candidacy, and one week later, whammo, it's a serious matter in the news. I tell you folks. I had absolutely no idea, had heard absolutely zero rumors, floaters, or jokes ever mentioning a hint of anything Miller might mosh within the political arena. My addendum on the 22nd was simple wishful thinkful on my part after catching a segment with Dennis somewhere on the tube, an old rerun probably.

Dennis Miller
So the headlines are this: Dennis Miller wants to unseat two-term Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer in what used to be a hugely democratic California, after this governorship recall thing is old news. By the way, Dennis is working on Arnold's behalf in that race.

Probably all hinges of how Swartzenegger fares in about eight days.

But we all know where I stand on the issue of "Tell it like it is" Dennis Miller taking down a seat usually reserved for the tired old hacks of the two major parties. Miller is surely no painted saint when tallied by so-called political criteria, or perhaps he is. Was Dennis Miller the secret SNL straight-edger? I certainly don't think Miller was any John Beluschi in terms of rocking while you're dropping, but surely he's no Orin Hatch, either. A man of his generation, as they like to say.

The question remains, will whistle blower extraordinaire Dennis Miller cave to political pressures to conform, and be forced to plop the political powdered wig on his big Hollywood head, and quietly play the hypocrits game as the powers that be always insist, or is this "radical middle" movement actually beginning to take root in this country?

Certainly I'm no Matt Drudge on this political beat, and Miller must have been pondering his own hat-tossing for far longer than the seven days which have passed since I put out my own obscure feeler last week, but I must have sniffed something in the air, folks, seriously.

This is actually the second time in my life that Dennis Miller has eerily poked his head into the mind and matters of your humble correspondent. But I've got to find that old Dennis Miller comedy CD so I can get the facts absolutely straight, and report the early 90s Miller-Thy synchronity in all its shock and awe detail. There was some joke with a punchline that had something to do with an unidentified loud-mouth at a party bragging about knowing RuPaul back in Atlanta before New York and all the fame that followed. Damn, I AM that yahoo, and have the unfinished manuscript and old Wee Wee Pole flyer to prove it! Give me a day or two. I'm off to paint some lampshades now.