I am grateful to Solomon Kleinsmith to participate in his blog collective, The Rise of the Center.
Recently I got to voice a pet peeve about something that has bedeviled every centrist forum I have been part of: the desire to create a third party between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
I think that in this country third parties are always utopian, sectarian, and do more harm than good. In particular, they hurt the party that they are more in sympathy with by splitting the vote in an election. Not all third parties are centrist, by any means. But the effect is the same: third parties are a gift your enemies.
Moreover, like all utopian endeavors, they take up too many evenings with too little to show for it.
The Republicans and the Democrats have nearly all the governmental action. If you want to actually affect government policy, as I do, then you have to work within the big tent of one or the other major party.
There are many other ways to build up the world besides government policy, of course. Those other sectors allow for many fruitful centrist paths. But American politics does not.
Most of the other participants in the Rise of the Center discussion, including Kleinsmith, disagree with me on this.
I would be interested in the thoughts of Gruntled Center readers on this topic.