Did you know there are more American voters who describe themselves as Independent than there are Republicans and Democrats? In fact, there are more Independents now than at any time since FDR occupied the White House.
According to a riveting report just issued by the PewResearchCenter, 38 percent of Americans say they are independent; 32 percent affiliate with the Democratic Party and only 24 percent describe themselves as Republicans.
According to the Pew findings, which tracked the years 1987-2012, Republicans have become more conservative while Democrats have opted for increasingly liberal platforms. That, in turn, has left in its wake what researchers describe as “…more political independents than at any point in the last 75 years." That's huge! And, for the record, that's me. (Hey, I've finally become part of the silent majority.)
I consider myself independent because I have no affinity whatsoever for Republican values, yet find some Democratic platforms problematic as well (i.e. “52 percent of Democrats say we should make every effort to improve the position of blacks and other minorities, even if it means giving them preferential treatment.”) I consider myself liberal. But, I'm also a firm believer in meritocracy. The best and brightest should be rewarded, regardless of race, creed or color. Period. And, that's where Democrats and this blogger come a cropper.
I strongly advise each of you to read the PewResearchCenter report. As I said, it's a page turner.
It also provides the very best insight I've yet read into what the hell is going on in America at the moment. And, what the hell is going on can be best summarized in a single word: polarization. And the implications of polarization were best summed up in the following statement from a Pew spokesperson: “The timing has never been better for a serious, centrist Third Party to emerge in American politics.” Note the word centrist.
Speaking on behalf of my fellow 38 percenters, we want a rationale, reasoned, centrist party that represents our values and beliefs. We are SO ready for a new, third party.
So, where's the candidate, what's the platform and how do I sign up?