Wed 22 Dec 2010
In the week since the No Labels roll out in New York City, there has been no shortage of critics. That’s being interpreted by most of us involved in the movement as being a good thing. No Labels is obviously ruffling a few feathers in both ideological extremes.
I’ve already commented upon the critique by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. in my blog posting of December 16 entitled Finding a Home in the Political Center. His piece was entitled Where the ‘No Labels’ movement falls short.
Also weighing in from the left, from last weekend in the New York Times, was Frank Rich in an Op-ed entitled The Bipartisanship Racket.
On the right, perspectives were offered by both Rush Limbaugh on his radio show and George F. Will in an Op-ed in the Washington Post entitled The Political Fantasyland of the ‘No Labels’ movement. It is clear that No Labels has managed to push a few buttons. I’m glad we are.
The extremes don’t really believe we have a “dysfunctional” government in America. Each side is only too pleased to be engaged in rugged combat with their opposite ideological enemy, firmly convinced that they are right and that their side will ultimately prevail. It’s nonsense of course. In the meantime, serious crises facing the country go unaddressed and Americans lose faith in their government by the day. This can’t continue.
While No Labels may not in the end solve anything, I think we owe it a chance to work – to change the game enough to break the current deadlock. If No Labels can indeed mobilize the “silent majority” to actively involve itself in the next few election cycles, there is every reason to believe we can halt the trend toward hyper-partisanship in both parties. Time will tell, of course. Count me among those that are willing to make this effort. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.