Are you a moderate? There is a good chance that you are. According to a Harris poll taken in 2020, 36 percent of Americans consider their ideological views conservative, 35 percent consider them moderate, and 25 percent consider them liberal.
Meanwhile, according to a recent Gallup poll, only 28 percent of Americans consider themselves Democrats, 24 percent consider themselves Republicans, but 46 percent consider themselves Independents, nearly half of the people in our country. Even though Independents are a mixture of conservatives, moderates, and liberals, the vast majority likely lean towards the center of the ideological spectrum.
In other words, almost half of the people in our country have no political party and no political representation. And because of this, these people, who are predominantly moderate, have kind of an identity crisis. We look at ourselves as outsiders. Meanwhile there is a war going on between the far right and the far left. And it seems as though the members of these two groups don’t even realize that moderates exist.
But this is the fault of moderates themselves. Data from Pew Research based on the 2020 election indicates that moderates are less than half as likely to support a candidate on social media, attend a political rally, or contribute money to a candidate. Of course, this is to be expected when you don’t have a political party to rally around. And this needs to change.
Our country is struggling with so many problems that are not getting solved. Our quality of life is getting worse when compared to other first world countries in the west. This is because of the leadership being provided by our two major political parties which represent primarily the wealthy and the far right or the poor and the far left.
In most elections, moderates have to struggle to decide whether they should vote for a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat with no other option available. Then we have to follow the rules set down by people that we don’t agree with. As Edward R. Murrow is quoted as saying: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
We aren’t sheep. We do things that make sense, something that is not happening in our country right now. We are better at making decisions than those in our government who are making the decisions. But because we have no say, our quality of life is going downhill.
Based on recent polling data, over 60 percent of Americans and over 70 percent of millennials agree that we need a third major centrist political party. We need a party to represent moderate conservatives, moderate liberals, the middle class, and millennials with specific policy goals. There are several fledgling efforts out there to accomplish this such as the Alliance Party (theallianceparty.com), the Reform Party (reformparty.org), and Represent.Us.
But another option is coming. Hopefully we are not too late.