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Jon Stewart rally news is DOA
When I first wrote about the Jon Stewart rally, I didn’t take it as serious news anymore than I took Glen Beck’s rally as being serious. I focused on the toilets, and in the end, so did Jon Stewart by assuring Larry King he would have his own if he showed up.
Anne Applebaum wrote an article saying that it is wrong to poke fun at being moderate.
Some people think that I am liberal while others think that I am conservative, but in the end, I am moderate because I realize that in a democracy people have to collaborate and compromise to get things done.
I have introduced the bell shaped curve to the conversation of late. The bell shaped curve can be used to explain moderation, among other things. So, I have prepared a chart to express this view as posted with the story.
PS: Please close the lid.
“There's Nothing Funny About Jon Stewart's Rally
It's spitting on the word 'moderate'—and we need that word: Applebaum
By Kate Schwartz, Newser Staff
(Newser) – Anne Applebaum has been unable to find a shred of humor in Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity—aka Million Moderate March—or the fact that Arianna Huffington and PETA are shepherding "moderates" there. The entire event spits on the word, she writes for the Washington Post, and it's a shining example of "how words, and then ideas, vanish from our political lexicon." These days, "moderate" is a synonym for "liberal" or "left-wing." Moderate Republicans have morphed into "closet lefties and potential traders."
Moderate Democrats are the new "conservative Democrats"—and "nobody pays attention to them either, unless, suddenly, one of them threatens to vote against health-care reform." And here's the problem with that: "We are condemned to cross-party compromise. Without it, our system doesn't work: That's what 'checks and balances' means." Politicians who prefer name-calling over cooperating are basically saying Hello, we have no interest in getting anything done. Applebaum concedes that the rally will likely be amusing; but for her, it's a "gloomy development."”