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January 21, 2018

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A centrist’s look at a wide divide

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Being a centrist, I can look at the extreme right and left and find flaws in both groups.

If I were on the far right, I would complain that the left is always blaming George Bush — even now — for things that have occurred since he left office. I would tell the world that the numbers don’t lie; we can look at deficits and connect them to the present administration.

If I were on the far left, I would complain that I am tired of hearing that President Barack Obama was elected only because those who voted for him were the same people who support getting stuff from the government without working for it. I would tell the world that a better reason that Mitt Romney lost the election was that there were not sufficient people who liked him enough to vote for him.

The truth is that neither the far right nor the far left wants to hear from a centrist. Both groups need to hold on to their petty arguments, no matter how weak they are, because they know that the electorate that leans their way will listen to them, and they couldn’t care less about the rest of the people.

But, being a centrist, I am very disappointed with the way America has become divided, not just in Washington, but in neighborhoods, in cities, and in states. Yes, we live in a flawed nation, but we must ask what our own efforts have been to bring people together or keep them divided. Do we really like living in a divided nation?

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