The funny thing is that even though my political beliefs have not changed in the last decade or decade and a half, the way I am viewed politically has. Let me explain that. When I was in graduate school and most of my colleagues were more liberal than I was, I was seen as the conservative one. Now that I am a teacher in a small, rural Southern town, where most of my friends and colleagues are more conservative, I am now seen as the liberal one. Mostly that has to do with the communities I have been involved in and how that has changed as my geographic location and my profession has changed. Geographically, I am only a few hundred in distance from where I was but my cadre of acquaintances and friends has changed dramatically.
Truthfully, the majority of Democrats, if they heard my views on all of the issues, would not consider me a Democrat. Likewise, the majority of Republicans, if they heard my views on all of the issues, would not consider me a Republican. Then again I would not describe myself as a “demopublican” or as a “republicrat.” I consider myself a moderate, and as someone who really doesn’t adhere to the political philosophies of either political party. I also do not believe that I am the only one. I believe there are many moderates out there who don’t fit into the current politics of America’s two-party system. So where do we belong? Though, I wish a third party was the answer, the United States has rules and procedures that are stacked against third parties. Third parties have often been single issue parties or a party that was formed to rally around a specific candidate. Either way, the are not very successful.
In my opinion, moderates like the middle class are largely ignored by the political parties. Both Democrats and Republicans will speak about middle class issues or persuading independents, but neither really do anything for the two groups. What political philosophy do you adhere to?