Where’s the Energy in the Middle?

Where’s the Energy in the Middle? Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedin

I see the money, energy, and effort in education on both extremes. Do you?

The side that fights to the death to protect the status quo has tons of it and pours tons of it into play. So does the other side that wants to go purely to private school choice as if that will be a panacea.

But where’s the energy in the middle? Where are the people and the resources that need to be deployed to improve the schools and truly and vigorously hold them accountable to bringing students to high levels of proficiency?

I have been in the game for over 35 years, and, while there is commendable action in the middle still, I don’t see much any longer that is truly effective at pushing such accountability.

I see the money, energy, and effort in politics on both extremes. Do you?

The side that wants to fracture the world from the left has tons of it and pours tons of it into play. I had forgotten until recently the practice of paying people to engage in violent and disruptive protests.

And there’s the other side that spreads poison from the right, discouraging any moves to the middle as if seeking compromise is disloyal to the good and the right.

Where’s the energy in the middle? Where are the people and the resources urging mutual effort and compromise to achieve common sense solutions to today’s challenges, including immigration, health care, and economic growth?

I have been in the game for over 35 years, and I see little effective action from groups in the middle that drives consensus any longer.

I see the money, energy, and effort in the media on both extremes. Do you?

The side that pushes leftist ideology can be seen in many newspapers and magazines and abundantly on the networks. The same is true with the right, on its networks and blog sites.

But where’s the energy in the middle? Where are the people still committed to reporting the truth, whatever their ideology might be?

I have been in the game for over 35 years. There are some oases in the vast desert, but they are few and far between today.

I see the money, energy, and effort in the culture wars on both extremes. Do you?

The side that pushes the most awful, tawdry, and lewd programs, movies, and music in the history of the world operate without excuse or limits. And the other side is frequently horrified but tries mostly to escape into its own private world of resentment.

Where’s the energy in the middle? Where are the people who want to put the genie of indecency back in the bottle, encourage decent self-expression, and insist we be true to the values, largely from religion, that made us good and great in the first place?

I have been in the game for over 35 years. I don’t see much such movement in the middle.

This nation has been successful, for the most part, because the middle has held throughout most of our history, as the force that keeps us in balance. The middle has been the difference maker, the deciding factor.

This is because the majority has typically come from the middle and has been willing to assert itself when one side or the other or both extremes get carried away.

Where is the middle today? They don’t seem to be present, or play much any more.

I have seen their absence blamed on everything under the sun. It’s because of rotten re-districting, too much money in politics, life’s too complicated or busy, etc., etc.

Are regular folks just burned out? Have they lost their commitment?

Well – it’s time for them to return. It’s their civic duty. Damage is being done in their absence. It’s not irreversible, but the condition gets more serious each day. A good reading of our founders’ thoughts teaches it’s essential, fellow citizens. The old US of A is counting on you.

Where’s the energy in the middle?

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