A platform for the partyless

  • Article by: DAVID BANKS
  • Updated: February 4, 2012 - 4:47 PM

On Tuesday, a number of Minnesota voters will dive into the proceedings at their precinct caucus. But it will be a relative few. Here's something for the rest of us to ponder.

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sawmanFeb. 4, 12 5:45 PM

There's too much money to be made catering to the ditch-dwellers and that's only going to ramp up during this election cycle. Folks really seem to enjoy having a enemy. There's no place to hide for moderates, you just get pummeled from both ditches.

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allhailfsmFeb. 4, 12 6:54 PM

Everyone can see crowds of people on their left and on their right, and fairly conclude that they are in the middle, or "moderate".

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sici58Feb. 4, 12 8:45 PM

Excellent article.When I was young, I caucused with the DFL and my wife caucused with the IR. In short order, we found that neither seemed to understand the middle ground. As a result, we have voted independent a lot, and voted for major party candidates when their position didn't seem extreme. Wish we still had a primary.

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JudelingFeb. 4, 12 8:45 PM

Welcome to the Current Democratic party of Clinton and Obama. You say history and data should be the judge. Show me where any of the points you laid out aren't in exact accord with the policies implemented by the last two Democratic administrations. Heck you would be hard pressed to show any deviation from them from our current Democratic Governor. Now I am far to the left of these Democratic administrations so it may be easier for me to see it. But it sure looks like you already have a home.

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jcinbpFeb. 4, 12 9:48 PM

sawman I would give you an thumbs up or a thumbs down except I cannot figure out what a ditch dweller is. During my freshman orientation in college I walked by 2 booths. One was the young DFL and the other was the young Republicans. I stopped at the DFL booth and started to sign up until I read "I will support the Demcratic Farmer Labor Party in all of its decisions". I have been an independent since. I would vote Independent this year except the stakes are too high. The Republicans wish all of us would vote Independent

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mcjoe1Feb. 5, 12 4:13 AM

With respect to the GOP presidential caucus, a moderate person would need a moderate candidate to bother going to vote. These are the most extreme right candiates of my lifetime.

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rolflindyFeb. 5, 12 5:10 AM

I am a fairly well educated activist and self professed moderate, but I had to read this a couple times to grasp its meaning. The Budget and Economics section stands out for quality. I've saved it to plagiarize its ideas in future writings.

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trice01Feb. 5, 12 6:21 AM

Well put, David. For the most part, I wouldn't mind joining your party. I've caucused with both parties in different parts of my life, and found most of the party loyal to be extremists of different stripes who doggedly pursue their own personal interests. I found the Dems to be dominated by public employees and unions who never found a government spending program they didn't like, and the Reps overshadowed by millionaires trying to convince the faithful that a hedge fund manager and the cafe owner down the street are brothers under the skin whose concerns are only separated by size and scale. Neither one really gives a rip about the average Joe or Jane working in the private sector for wages. On the whole, though, I'll generally err on the side of the one who leaves my paycheck alone as much as possible and doesn't insist on billing me for programs I neither want nor need, and provide the greatest benefits to those who operate them- in perpetuity.

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wildblueFeb. 5, 12 9:25 AM

There are plenty of Democrats I know that would agree with the principles espoused in this article.

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beezer1Feb. 5, 12 9:29 AM

On the whole, though, I'll generally err on the side of the one who leaves my paycheck alone as much as possible and doesn't insist on billing me for programs I neither want nor need, and provide the greatest benefits to those who operate them- in perpetuity.

The reality of the situation unfortunately is that neither side leaves your paycheck alone, they just waste it on different things whether it is on multimillion dollar Wi-fi contracts for the city that they are only using about 10% of, or farm subsidies to millionaires.

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