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U.S. midterms and the strange demise of the political center

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By Frankie TAGGART

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U.S. midterms and the strange demise of the political center

The Overton Window of American political discourse has been grossly skewed by the cynical use of corporate money and lobbying.

So mild Democratic socialist proposals like from AOC are deemed 'extreme' as the ravings of MTG.

The "center' is the neo-liberal pro corporatists that have led to wealth disparity and populist reactions.

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How glad I am to live in Australia, where we have a Federal Election on Saturday and where the campaigning, compared to the US examples quoted in the article, has been reassuringly middle of the road. Dull, it seems, ain’t always a bad thing.

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The Overton window is the political centre...

If you're still thinking in terms of options offered by 'liberal democracy', you are still within it

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So mild Democratic socialist proposals like from AOC are deemed 'extreme' as the ravings of MTG.

Mild democratic socialist proposals from AOC? LOL. She's an off-the-charts crazy communist, makes Bernie look like a centrist.

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So mild Democratic socialist proposals like from AOC are deemed 'extreme' as the ravings of MTG.

As well as the rest of the country. It's amazing that a few people on the left think that they are the smartest and most knowledgeable people that only know what so-called Democratic socialism is, the more they continue to insult people, the fewer people want to hear from these people, they never get it and never will.

The "center' is the neo-liberal pro corporatists that have led to wealth disparity and populist reactions.

And populism will continue to grow and flourish because people are getting tired of the establishment and particularly this admin. trying to tell people what they are allowed to say, think, eat, learn, read or do.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/18/gop-primary-turnout-suggests-red-wave-in-november-midterms/

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Both parties have radicalised their own supporters and pushed others away. If they want to blame someone, they should look in a mirror. The 'squad' will push the Democrats towards a more progressive stance, which will push more moderates and centrists towards the Republicans than vice versa. That offers a 'four horsemen of the apocalypse' scenario with the Republicans controlling both Houses, the presidency and the supreme court. If ever the Democrats needed to reclaim the centre it is now.

Oddly, Democrats may be saved by the Supreme Court moving abortion control to states. It may mean that other such issues will be determined by Republican or Democrat state leaders, rather than by a future Republican regime at a federal level. So American women can then escape coathanger states for an abortion in Democrat states, rather than having to go to Canada or Mexico. And other Republican policies may also be restricted to Republican states.

Biden himself might consider insuring that a future America is habitable for both Democrats and Republicans at any given time, by moving more from federal control to state control.

Defederalisation might stop a culture war becoming a civil war, allowing Republicans to live happily in Republican states and Democrats to live happily in Democrat states.

It is also worth saying that American governments have not done enough to endear themselves to all Americans. They have had too great a focus on ideology and too little on simply improving the lot of all Americans. They should stop blaming Russian hackers, social media and China and consider their own failings, which have been legion.

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