Fighting for the Centrist Vision
Yesterday evening, The Yellow Line had a great meeting and conversation with John Avlon, author of Independent Nation and Mark Satin, author of The Radical Middle and editor of the Radical Middle newsletter.
First and foremost, there is unprecedented energy in the center. These two centrist writers/leaders are incredibly committed to advancing the cause of centrism and The Yellow Line is more than happy to join them.
The conversation was uplifting and energized and while there is no way we can cover the entire evening, we wanted to report on the key points of our discussion.
- We must communicate the conviction of Centrism to the media. With the great number of recent columns about centrism, the zeitgeist is ours to seize. Now is the time to break the media’s short-sighted belief that there are only two opinions to every issue. Centrist bloggers, make yourself known. Readers, contact your local papers, let the media know that Republicans and Democrats don't have a monopoly on ideas. Centrists are a force.
- We must be the base of support for centrist politicians. Being a centrist is about being a person of conviction. And we must support politicians who live up to our principles. Let your support be known. Contact the centrist politicians. Write letters to your local paper supporting our centrist leaders.
- Centrism is the heritage of American politics. And centrism is our future. Today’s politics of division obscure the truth that this is one nation, one people. We cannot let the two major parties dictate the terms of the debate for their own benefit. Republicans and Democrats seek issues to purposefully divide us and then ask us to choose the lesser of two evils. It doesn’t have to be that way. Centrism is the third way, the choice that rejects extremism and embraces real debate about real issues.
It is not enough for us to complain about the vitriol from the two parties. It’s not enough to reject the false polarization of the nation. We must act together to advance centrist principles. We must stand up to the extremists in both parties.
As centrists continue to group, The Yellow Line will lead the reporting. Let’s work toward building a common language and set of principles—let’s define this vision we share. And, as always, let us know your thoughts. Hundreds of you read The Yellow Line each day. Millions of Americans are centrists. Let’s make ourselves heard.