The last two weeks have left newspaper readers and television watchers whipsawed by events—from the GOP censure of January 6 Committee members, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the potential for war between NATO, Russia and Ukraine. Both crises, and what they represent, have dangerous transformational potential. And both are rarely cast in the longer arc of the events that preceded them and made them possible.
This is one of those moments in history when it is urgent to stop, reflect and evaluate what perspectives can shed “more light than heat” on our times. A similar period, in recent memory, was the 2008 financial crisis in our country. That is when I left my political party and became a registered Independent. I wanted someone, anyone, to speak to me in moderate, unifying terms—consistent with the constructive way I had been raised to think about politics. The “middle of the road” is the place on the political spectrum, as my grandfather used to tell us, where ideas are developed with the entire country in mind. This enables all of America to be more responsive to the needs, aspirations and national security interests of our great country. It is the reverse of today’s “winner takes all” mentality.
In this interview with David Rubenstein, which appeared on PBS last week, I mentioned Dwight Eisenhower’s “Middle Way” as such a template for progress.
The Middle Way is potentially achievable. According to the Gallup organization, the number of registered Independents in our country today (46%) is at an all-time high. It is larger than both the Democratic Party (28%) and the Republican Party (24%). This means there is enormous untapped centrist potential. I hope you will join me in sharing your thoughts and helping us all make our Independent and moderate voices heard at this pivotal moment in history.
With best wishes,