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The Need for Moderation in American Politics


Extremism is not the norm of American politics. The current political climate is something we have never seen in American history, and it should not be welcomed or bypassed as typical. Immense polarization and an unwillingness to compromise on issues is not only unproductive but threatening to our democracy. The voices of extreme vice have been too loud for far too long. The need for moderate statesmen, historical insights, and unpacking of the true meaning of conservatism is more crucial now than ever before.           

Moderate statesmen provide an alternative to dramatic sound bites and impractical proposals. A moderate statesman looks at both sides of the argument and finds merit in various perspectives and policies. Previous organizations, such as the Ripon Society, lacked the funds and bureaucratic talent to become a far-reaching grassroot organization, but found strength in the careful study of policy problems, as well regular discussion meetings[1]. Although this approach is not lavish, it is effective and precisely what this country needs. Exposure to such approaches is limited, however, because persuasive studies on moderation have been limited to certain eras of history or mere factions within a party[2]. Moderation needs to be pursued with vigor in order to provide lasting impacts.           

Before assessing the impacts of moderation, we need to remember the historic groundwork the founding fathers implemented in order to pursue such an approach. The founding fathers established a practice of conciliation; this practice allows Congress to push past partisan loyalties and retains civility.[3] Rather than honoring this approach towards problem-solving, it has been neglected immensely. It has been neglected in both the house and senate, presidential debates, as well as the classroom. The need for respectful discourse is pivotal towards progress. The obvious lack of conciliation and abundance of insults and aggressive rhetoric has caused meaningful discourse to be lost.          

 Furthermore, conciliation is something that softens the reality that no belief system is capable of solving conflicting ways of life. This is why moderation can be compared to family dynamics, and “the first lesson the family teaches us is a lesson of humility.”[4] This is a sharp contrast to the unbudging and excessively assertive agendas that both the far right and far left parties have. I use the world excessively because our legislature has never been complete or absolutist. Rather similar to a family, it works between the balancing of individual autonomy and collective activity.[5] It is a constructed entity that amends and re-evaluates on a regular basis. It is reflective of the desires and needs of American society during a specific time frame.Sadly, true conservatism has been weakened during this time in history. Conservatism does not threaten a moderate approach to problem-solving but rather strengthens it. There are several scholars that argue “social conservatism is the preservation of the ancient moral tradition of humanity.”[6] Social conservatism, unlike traditional conservatism, embraces liberty and familial values. Social conservatism, as well as neoconservatism, criticizes American fiscal policy, particularly the military industrial complex, this criticism aligns with liberal ideology. And although social conservatism basis a lot of its beliefs in religion, a liberal democracy often uses religion in order to provide authority and meaning to the individual conscience and guiding legislative power.”[7] In other words, conservatives are not the only people that reap the benefits of religious authority.

In conclusion, we need more moderate statesmen and STATESWOMEN in our American government. Moderation is not perfect, but it is proactive and a sharp contrast to a polarized state. We must have meaningful discourse and discuss policy rather than parties. The overgeneralizations that are associated with the conservative faith need to be reassessed in order to find common ground. Moderation seeks to balance the desire for collective reform and individual autonomy, and that is not something that should be taken lightly.


[1] Kabaservice, Geoffrey M. Rule and ruin: the downfall of moderation and the destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party. Oxford: Oxford U Press, 2013. Print.

[2] Brown, David S. Moderates: the vital center of American politics, from the founding to today. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 2016. Print.

[3] Brown, David S. Moderates: the vital center of American politics, from the founding to today. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 2016. Print.

[4] Hall, Lauren K. Family and the politics of moderation: private life, public goods, and the rebirth of social individualism. Waco: Baylor U Press, 2014. Print.

[5] Hall, Lauren K. Family and the politics of moderation: private life, public goods, and the rebirth of social individualism. Waco: Baylor U Press, 2014. Print.

[6] Berkowitz, Peter. Constitutional conservatism: liberty, self-government, and political moderation. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2013. Print.

[7] Buttom, Joseph and Peter Berkowitz. Varieties of Conservatism in America. Stanford, CA: Hoover Inst. Press, 2005. Print.

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