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Robert Bennett: Americans are anchored in the center

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  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Feb. 29, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    @really stated, "I am asking, nay, begging, that you and those out there like you learn the facts and then form your opinions on your own."

    This is the typical liberal slam. Why? Only liberals ever think for themselves, form their own opinions and aren't told how to think. Only liberals are intellectuals and students of learning. Only liberals know what to do in every situation and can tell the world what to do.

    Your post is typical arrogant liberal hogwash! You don't even have a clue as to the reference of NY vs Georgetown. Your NY Democrat said that the Dems don't look to the Constitution regarding Obamacare. As mentioned before, the video is on the web!

    Maybe you went to college, but you apparently wasted money because you didn't learn anything.

    But all of this is meaningless to you because I'm just a lowly Conservative and in your mind that makes me inferior.

    Classic elitist attitude on display @really? You've mimicked your Dear Leader perfectly!

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    @truth
    You essentially refuted nothing that I wrote correcting your lies and half-truths. You claim to hate socialism (according to your ever-changing definition)and love capitalism. I guess you would be happy to pay the true cost of gasoline? Factor in the military money spent protecting our increasingly volatile supplies and you would run to alternative energy sources.
    Where did I say Georgetown is in NY? I was accepted there, I know where it is. Do you? Doubtful that a college education is in your background.
    I am asking, nay, begging, that you and those out there like you learn the facts and then form your opinions on your own. It really is quite liberating. Don't worry, liberating means becoming more free, not more liberal politically as you may fear!

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Feb. 29, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Obama defends the practice of infanticide. Yep, that's a centrist position, isn't it?

    Also, I'm still waiting for a list from Bennett or any other person that defines what positions are extreme left, left, centrist, right, extreme right and why those positions are categorized as such.

    Anyone???

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Americans anchored in the center?

    This is because most populations display attitudes and practices in a manner that can be graphed using a bell curve. ... AND ... the center is by definition whereever the top of the bell curve is.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 29, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Independents...the wishy washy ruin of America. They voted for Obama in 2008, being fully warned of what he intended to do, but then run from him in 2010 and 2012 after he does it. Joe the plumber called him out before he was elected. The independents didn't want to believe he was a socialist and got him elected. Now that he has done exactly what the conservatives warned of, the Independents run away. And after they help elect a more conservative Romney in 2012, in 4 years when he has done what he says he will do, they'll run from him for the more "beautiful" candidate in 2016. They're the types who vote for who's popular at the moment. They can't make up their mind so they run around trying to find their true identity. You can't vote for people on both ends of the spectrum and legitimately claim to stand for anything.

  • Economist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    If Americans are anchored in the Center, then what happened to the political system that allowed tea party extremists to co opt the caucus system and boot you out?

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 7:43 p.m.

    @pragmatist- you don't have to have some sort of "nationalization ceremony" to achieve the same objectives. When the Federal Government can force every American to purchase health insurance (under the penalty of a fine) and dictate to insurers what coverages they must provide then you have de facto nationalization of healthcare. Enough with the Heritage Foundation. As a Conservative am I bound by law to agree with every policy prescription they come out with? I didn't vote for anyone at the Heritage Foundation.
    Why would Obama want to nationalize banks when his administration can shake them down for 25 billion for a failure that US Government policy caused? The banks were "nationalized" for a time by the Federal Reserve but there's no reason to get into that. They're effectively "nationalized" by the Dodd Frank legislation and CFPB.
    If you're cool with central planning for a country of 300 million that's your business- good luck with it. But is it too much to ask that the President of an allegedly free nation not give a fist bump and call a tyrant "my friend"?

  • paperboy111 Lindon, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    Tops-down management and the correlation of ideas and thinking is pretty much dead. PR spin and management in today's world of social media is history. Grass roots energy and orginization is the new reality, thanks to the Internet and smart mobile devices that allow people around the world to access information instantaneously and remain connected with everyone, every minute of the day and night.

    What we're seeing in today's political climate is the reflection of the political parties need to cater to their respective bases. Cultivating divisivness has been the only way the two party system has been able to survive past their natural expiration date.

    The upshot? The so-called "center" of the American society is pretty much dead. The middle class has been hollowed out and we are today a nation of haves and have nots. As long as the current two party system is allowed to remain on life support, this condition will likely continue.

    This portends signficant meaning not only to the two established political parties, but to large monolithic non-profit organizations like the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church as the power continues to shift to members and away from the established leadership structure.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    @really?

    1. Pumping up your tires is not going to drop the price of a gallon of gas.....not $1.00
    2. Jessie Jackson did call Barry "the food stamp president" as he is proud that Obama has surpassed GWB by adding another 12 million more to the welfare rolls!
    3. AmericaƂs bravest and best did give their lives/die....AND Obama did apologize.
    4. The quote is from the Democratic Rep from NY, Kathy Hochul....you can find it on video on YouTube (you know that famous rightwing GOP Website)....GEORGETOWN is not in NY, but you were close it is on the east coast!
    5. Media Matters CEO paid his ex-gay lover hush money to keep him quite about the lack of credibility assoc with those at media matters and the propaganda they pump out like targeting FOXNEWS while everyone else gets a pass!.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    The extra paragraph at the end of my latest comment was unintentionally included as it was from the commenter I was responding to.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    "Truth" doesn't know what the facts really are. Let's debunk all the lies and half truths in order, shall we?

    1) Proper tire pressure does increase fuel efficiency. Imagine the combined savings of fuel and money if all Americans' tires were inflated properly? Domestic oil production is higher than it has ever been in history.
    2) Jesse (note proper spelling)Jackson was responding to what the moronic Newt Gingrich had called the President. It was not coined by Rev. Jackson but rather Newt.
    3) Pres. Obama apologized to the president of Afghanistan, our ally who did not have a hand in killing our soldiers, for a mistake in policy that resulted in the burning of books considered holy in Afghanistan. What's wrong with accepting responsibility for a mistake and apologizing?
    4)The quote is not from a democratic representative but rather a student from Georgetown University, testifying before a committee made up of republicans and democrats regarding the health care bill.
    5)Media Matters CEO was caught up in a very ugly domestic dispute that had nothing to do with content on the website (he was the victim of the blackmail). A messy split of a relationship is not partisan, its personal and private.
    6)What is wrong with the President wanting to wean the American public off an unsustainable source of energy? The price of gasoline artificially high? Laughable. The true cost of a gallon of gas is astronomical. Prices are artificially low and have been for decades.
    "Truth" and those of you who choose to get your "news" from the sources that reinforce your already held beliefs need to branch out. Get the facts. Form your own opinion rather than have some blowhard form it for you. I dare you.

    Breitbart reports, In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama admitted that, like his future Energy Secretary Mr. Chu, he believed that high gas prices would be a good thing because they would force Americans to ween themselves off of oil? Really...is this the leadership we want....someone who is trying to raise the cost of gas artificially so that alternatives like solyndra and others can get free govt money and go bankrupt!

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    "patriot" has been watching way too much fox news. He or she throws around terms words like "socialism" without having any real idea of what they actually mean.
    Lamenting the future and longing for the "good times" of the past are the tired words of those devoid of any new ideas and optimism for the future.

  • dj schanz North Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    What Mr. Bennett so unscrupulously fails to reveal is that Reagan ran in 1976, not as the moderate choice, but as the right wing ideologue against the moderate Gerald Ford. Reagan than again ran as the "fringe" candidate compared to the moderate George Bush in 80. Reagan was ridiculed by the establishment that he couldn't be elected nor effective because he was too radical. So much for your theories Mr. Bennett.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    re: Roland Kayser 12:40 a.m. Feb. 27, 2012

    "I'm an Eisenhower Republican. Another way of phrasing that is to say I'm a Democrat."

    I am a Goldwater/Paul Republican i.e. a Libertarian.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    per Sandy 11:07 p.m. Feb. 27, 2012

    Moderation in *ALL* things?

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    Sen Bennett you are anchored in the center and that is why you are no longer in the Senate.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 28, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    A1994, we're talking about two very different things. Red State said Obama was on the far left of the democratic party..you are talking about a left congressinal voting record. One is strictly beliefs and wishes compared to citizens of like interests. The other is based on opportunity compared to mostly senators of opposite views. Red State also made his comparison based on Obamas presidential actions..actions that are clearly center left. Remember even the health care act with a mandate came from the heritage foundation originally so it's clearly not a far left idea.

    I would agree that Rommney is center right..thus the problems he's having getting the nomination.

  • Constitutionalist South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.

    There is a reason that Utah is named one of the best managed states in the Union. It votes for economic and social policies that are closer to the policies of the Founding Fathers. Utah is anything but in the political center. If Utah were in the center, it would be as mismanaged as the other states.

  • Constitutionalist South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 1:39 a.m.

    I believe that Mr Bennett is largely correct.

    The mainstream media defines the "center".

    For the last several years, their center has been on a pendulum swinging far, far to the left of any prior center.

    Social issues that were totally unacceptable just a few years ago as being way too far to the left are now largely considered to be in the center.

    Economic policies that were considered just a few years ago to be far, far to the left, are now considered to be in the center.

    America used to largely love its Constitution. The far left considers the Constitution to be outdated and useless. And most Americans seem to agree.

    Most politicians totally ignore it -- and that is the centrist position.

    Economically, we are headed into the same boat as Greece. We will be bankrupt soon.

    Socially, we are headed the same as socialistic Europe.

    Those who spend effort trying to re-anchor America to the Constitution are ridiculed as being far right wing fanatics.

    Mr Bennett is correct. America no longer loves the America that our Founders bequeathed to us. They vote in representatives and executives who spend all their effort destroying the Republic. And the "centrist" position is to make sure that no one will succeed who tries to swing the pendulum back.

    As Benjamin Franklin said in response to an inquirer after the Constitutional Convention of 1887, "You have a Republic, if you can keep it." The centrist position is to jettison the Republic. We are losing it.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:07 p.m.

    Words of wisdom. Wake up, GOP.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    And look what being anchored in the center has brought us:

    A $15 trillion debt

    An entitlement addicted electorate

    An electorate who voted in a socialist president

    Yep, I agree Bob, America is anchored in the political center.

    It is time for a radical change to cutting and slowing entitlements and returning to a less intrusive federal government with more power back in the hands of the states and the people.

    And, to get rid of politicians like you Bob and Orrin and Lindsay Graham, not to mention Harry, Nancy and others who think the federal government knows how to dictate the lives of the American people from the womb to the tomb.

    Yes, a change is coming where liberty and freedom and power to the people is back in style.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    Are principles up for a vote? Does Mr. Bennett go to a church that votes on the ten commandments? I don't and I know that he doesn't either.

    Are we to forget principles when 50,000,000 unborn children were aborted in America since 1976? Are we to forget principles when 50% of the population depends on the government for their personal welfare?

    Right, Left, or Middle, principles are not for sale to the slick-talking politicians who tell us that they have the answer. WE, THE PEOPLE, have the answer. It starts with self-reliance and it ends with hard work, not from government "promises" of a chicken in every pot.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:49 p.m.

    Re:A1994
    Umm....
    Barack Obama wasn't sworn in as Senator until January 2005. Kerry ran for president against Bush in 2004.
    Apparently your assertions are wrong.
    Obama has governed as a moderate. Healthcare reform was based on Republican ideas and framework. The Stimulus was 1/3 tax cuts in keeping with Republicans emphasis on reducing taxes (for the rich only?)

    Romney can be a moderate as evidenced by his tenure as governor, but also explains his difficulty in Republican primaries.

    If the Republican Party weren't so far right, qnd could tolerate moderation, I could imagine Romney as President and a Democratic congress could work out well..

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    I will never vote for another republican in my life especially a state republican. Their motto is "If we are not making money on it then why bother."

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    @pragmatistferlife

    I recall when John Kerry was running for President, he was rated as the third most liberal Senator at the time. The number one liberal at the time was Barack Obama. He is extremely far to the left as far as American politics are concerned. It might not be the case on an international level, but for an American politician, Obama is way to the left.

    If we are talking about being in the center, I'd say Mitt Romney fits pretty well. He's not too far to the right, but he is conservative. He seems to have a pretty level-headed personality and that's what we need right now. No more 'fundamentally changing America.' America does NOT need to be fundamentally changed.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Feb. 27, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    I don't know that Americans are anchored in the center in their positions as much as they are in their temperament. Most Americans understand that you can't get anything done if you're intransigent or angry. My way or the highway on the either side of the spectrum is unproductive. We would never have a Constitution if the Founders had been unable to compromise.

    I like an analogy I heard from Michael Reagan - you don't have to throw a hail Mary all the time. It's ok to gain a few yards at a time. Ronald Reagan understood this and was able to work with his political opponents.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    Red State, "is that why your man went to the Summit of the Americas and gave Hugo Chavez a fistbump and called him "mi amigo"? Is that why his "affordable healthcare act" authorized the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents but didn't hire one doctor or nurse?" A fist pump???are you kidding? That puts him on the far left..seriously? If Obama were on the far left the affordable health care act would have been a single payer system, the bailouts and tarp would never have happened and instead the bakns would have been nationalized. There would have been no surge in Afhgannistan just immediate withdrawal. I could go on and on but this is just silly. Obama is firmly encamped in the left of center.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Utah may have been one of the only red states in 2008.....but if this is a shift to the middle that Bob speaks of....the Democrat Liberals are in deep trouble!

    Obama answer to $5 Gas? Dont drill,just pump up your tires.
    Jessie Jackson calls Obama the "Food Stamp President"!
    American soldiers die in Afghanistan? ...Obama apologizes for the behavior of our soldiers!
    Demo rep says Obamacare provides free contraception, but not free bandaids or Cancer screenings because they are not important healthcare items like contraception.
    Media Matters President caught in Blackmail scandal....
    Breitbart reports, In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama admitted that, like his future Energy Secretary Mr. Chu, he believed that high gas prices would be a good thing because they would force Americans to ween themselves off of oil? Really...is this the leadership we want....someone who is trying to raise the cost of gas artificially so that alternatives like solyndra and others can get free govt money and go bankrupt!

    NOBAMA 2012...or any other Democrat for that matter!

  • UT Brit London, England
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Ha, American politics is so skewed to the right compared to the rest of the world that Obama would be classed as right of centre anywhere else. Everyone describing Obama as a "liberal lefty" obviously have no clue about politics outside the country.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Democrats are in serious trouble:

    Jessie Jackson calls Obama, Food Stamp President...
    High gas prices?.....Obama says, No need to drill, Just pump up your tires....
    Democrat Rep explains Obamacare includes free contraception, but no free bandaids or cancer screenings, as they are not as important..
    American Soldiers dead, Obama apologizes....

    America may be in the middle Bob but its starting to look as though Utah is just one of the other 50 red state

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    Here is reality - sorry Bob. America is NO LONGER a center right country. If it were then far left wacko's like Obama , Pelosi, Maxine Waters , etc... would NEVER get elected. The fact that these people continue to get elected makes clear the sad fact that more than 50% of America is left of center and a large portion of those are socialist, welfare state want-to-bee's just like the bankrupt country of Greece. There is a slushy 10% that may still vote for the GOP depending how bad the economy is. America is no longer the great country it used to be back in the 1940's and 1950's. The Hippie movement of 60's started the change toward socialist Europe and every passing decade we become more like our friends across the Atlantic. The end result will be a totally BANKRUPT American - burning cars in the street as we demand our entitlements ... which idiots like Obama promised to get elected but now can't deliver... like Greece. Those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it!! Who said that anyway?? In our case - those who don't see what is happening to Greece and other socialist republics in Europe and LEARN from them are bound to BECOME THEM!!!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    I dont care who runs.....PeeWee Herman could beat Obama! Even Jessie Jackson refers to Obama with pride as the "Food Stamp President"! Only a fool would vote for Obama whose answer to high gas prices is...."pump up your tires". the most embarassing moment Obama has brought to the USA is when he apologises to Karzai after Muslims killed our own American Soldiers! Disgraceful! This guy is out of control and hasn't a clue how to lead!

  • Riles Midway, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Former senator, your editorial hangs on the premise that the voters are always right...that "might (or majority) makes right". History proves that the philosophies of the center never inspire. One very prominent man even suggested the "lukewarm" middle was good only to be spewed out, prefering instead to judge between the hot and cold ideologies of those with principles to govern their actions. For better or worse I will always and only vote on principle and continually fight within the established system to upend the boring and ultimately erosive effects of centrist political philosophy.

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    @pragamatist for life - is that why your man went to the Summit of the Americas and gave Hugo Chavez a fistbump and called him "mi amigo"? Is that why his "affordable healthcare act" authorized the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents but didn't hire one doctor or nurse?
    You might want to wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late

  • The Politics of Listening A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Why do you keep electing them then?. Same with Robert Bennett, For the Deseret News, that's why "YOU" were excommunicated by GOP and the Tea Party. "Americans are anchored in the zoo with the center of their hands tied until re-election time comes around." Then you rattle their cage's and toss them some monkey earmarks for peanuts for votes. And he's a researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics ?. "HA!." Senator Hatch is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance for almost 40 years, where he has been a leading advocate for policies to encourage savings and investment for the rich only, such as the Capital Formation Act, and many other pro-growth tax bills for the Koch Brother's. Why nothing gets done in Washington DC while they get paid for it. My staff and Sen. Mike Lee want my Washington D.C. office to be a place where visitors from Utah feel at home. Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., we host "Jell-O with the Senator." All are invited to come meet me and enjoy a serving of Utah's official state snack. How about Congress starts repealing the commodities modernization act ?. For better or worse the Magic 8 Ball has made more decisions for more people than the president and congress combined. Let's also ban a crooked culture hidden under the heavy dirty dust of politics corruption and crony capitalism the Koch Brother's and their Ethanol 15 and the 54 ethanol manufacturers, plus K Street and Wall Street Corporate sneakiness and their outright-scams and con-games, more corruption and crony capitalism in Congress along with insider trading, crooked offshore tax safe havens in secret bank accounts that they invested in up-market homes and hotels, tons of loopholes that allow qualifying Institutions to still serve as conduits for Tax Evasion, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that caused the mortgage meltdown and toss the crooks in prison, this commodities modernization act helped create the ENRON debacle and is still having repercussions on the US and World economies with ill conceived market trades. Ex-Sen. Phil Gramm is credited with the ENRON language of the bill, but what about the other proposals that negated 'bucket shop' laws in the states? Who stood to gain then, as now? And did these self same greedy capitalists (lobbyists and lawmakers) conspire to 'help' Congress again with the $700 billion bailout of financial institutions in 2008? I think whoever drafted this proposal should be sent to prison and stripped of any and all wealth they amassed. This statute is now being high-lighted as one of the main causes of the financial crisis we are sliding into. Another Wall Street oil price swing?. IT'S TIME we all put the breaks on it. With our Congressman and Senator and tell them to do this. Gas prices most places are pushing $4 a gallon again. And news reports say it could be $5 or more by summertime. That's outrageous and unjustified. We've also got to stop a new brand of oil trader who has emerged in the last decade, a middle man of sorts, who's also driving up the price we pay at the pump. Many experts agree we should not allow these traders to bid up the price of oil and flip futures contracts like condos. Yet in the last ten years the share of the oil market controlled by investors and speculators has more than doubled. By bidding up oil futures, speculators also increase costs for our airlines, industrial energy users and other businesses. And these higher costs are passed on to consumers like you and me. The GOP Congress deregulated oil traders in December 2000. And it hasn't tackled a comprehensive alternative energy policy since Nixon and Carter first talked about one in the 1970s. I think Congress should pass legislation that aims to drastically limit the ability of speculators to artificially drive up energy prices.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Red State, the only way Obama looks like he's on the far left of the democratic party is is you are so far right that the horizon is somehwere in the middle.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Truth's from a Eisenhower Republican, "ME".

    Seeing we got rain in forecast that moves Daytona 500 to 7 p.m. start, I'll address this right now. In todays world all bureaucrats and politicians treat us "common folk" like monkey's in a zoo. Why does politicians treat us like monkeys in a zoo?. Oh, they'll show up at your work place for a photo opp, then run out of the building as fast as they can, in fear you'll toss some poo at them, as a monkey would do, because you know what they really are. That's because politicians are elite, these politicians are rich Ideas for the untra-elite only, they are out of control and the politicians that run us are out of touch with reality also. They never ate a TV dinner, their strippers don't have strech-marks, their stupid rules take up valuable time and energy from business owners who have to understand and implement their requirements, time and energy that could be better spent serving their customers, expanding their businesses and maybe actually hiring more workers, reducing the high unemployment rate in this country. Who is responsible for these out of control government regulations?. It is the out of touch GOP politicians who concoct these stupid rules and laws with no sensitivity or experience on how the waste ripples through the economic system, hurting everyone in the process. Madness for the Koch Brother's. The United States government has maintained a ridiculous trade embargo with the island nation of Cuba for about 50 years in an attempt to force Fidel Castro from power. However, 50 years later, Castro is still in power, many of the Presidents who continued the embargo are themselves dead, the United States deprives itself of a good sized economic market right off its shores, and the Cuban people have lived in poverty for 50 years, especially since the fall of the Iron Curtain when the support from Russia dropped dramatically. Typical U.S. government program never ending, never accomplishing its goals, and the people of both countries worse off for the experience. Why do you keep electing them then?. Sorry Robert Bennett, For the Deseret News, that's why "YOU" were excommunicated by GOP and the Tea Party. "Americans are anchored in the center with their hands tied until re-election time comes around."

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    At some point we will be forced to stop "compromising" and just pay for our debt.

    That can either happen with (both) political parties facing reality, or wait until our debt is foreclosed on by our creditors!

    Yes, it will be painful, but the alternative is financial chaos!

  • ShaunMcC La Verkin, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Senator Bennett is unfortunately correct in most of his assertions. Much of the electorate make their choices based on what the media tells them is acceptable and most of the media hates true conservatism and true constitutionalism. Where he is wrong is stating that only centrist candidates CAN be elected once they are nominated. His old position is now held by a very effective true constitutionalist. We have a president who is an extreme liberal (albeit he talks like a moderate conservative when it serves). A growing number of congresspeople espouse extreme positions on both ends of the spectrum and are still elected. As we as a nation move closer and closer to economic and societal disaster, those who are less "status-quo" and more "extreme" will become more prominent as new solutions become more imperative. Yes, we want a new Reagan. Someone who, by force of their very nature, can bring most of us together as Americans. Yes he was conservative, but even centrist liberals liked him because they saw his love for the country and his acceptance of them even as he rejected their approaches. Too bad we don't have one like him right now.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    There are a few things in life I've changed my mind about..but not too many. I've voted both republican and democratic yet I don't consider myself an independent. Tom Friedman nailed it perfectly for me when he coined the pharse a "radical moderate". For me the term radical denotes my acceptance of reality and the public policies that reality requires.

    A country with hundreds of millions of citizens, more races, ethnicitys, life styles, and philosophys than can be counted. A nation with an economy that is moving towards a post industrial phase, and symbiotically linked to the economies of the rest of the world. A nation with a society where a majority of its wealth is concentrated in the hands of a small minority of it's citizens, simply must be governed and run differently than an argarian society of a few hundred thousand white men in order to survive.

    This might not be the way some think the world and country should look, but it does. So what does the middle look like policy wise..it accepts reality, and honors the desire of the founders to allow all, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    The campaign for the Democrat Presidential nomination in 2008 lasted until June so it's not like this is out of the ordinary.
    I sort of understand Senator Bennett's point but there isn't a mythical "tea party" candidate in the remaining field. Other than Ron Paul the remaining candidates are basically centrist type Republicans. I know some Americans are frightened by Santorum because they don't understand that some people actually have values. The column doesn't say this but I guess it must imply that Barack Obama is a centrist. The tone of his voice is the only thing "moderate" about Obama. If you read what he says and observe his actions you'll understand that he is on the far left of the Democrat party (and that's Bernie Sanders territory).
    Barack Obama said that he would cut the deficit in half (he increased it by at least 500 billion per year) Barack Obama told you with his stimulus plan unemployment would not go over 8%- it did. Barack Obama promised you that you would not lose your health insurance coverage under Obamacare- you will if you haven't already. Don't listen to the words- look at the actions and results.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Which is why the GOP has no chance in 2012. Which is why every week there is a different contestant in the GOP circus. One week it's Romney the other it's Santorum, etc.

    They're trying too hard to appease their radical right tea party groups which turns everybody else off.

    It's ultimately going to come down to this, does the GOP want to go back to it's moderate roots or continue on their current path of ultra-conservative destruction?

    If they continue down the path, there's no election in the near future that they will win.

  • ron holdaway Draper, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    General Eisenhower vied with Robert Taft for the 1952 nomination, not William Hioward Taft his father whop served as Presdient from 1908-1912 and wasd later the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Feb. 27, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Senator Bennett,

    From this and other pieces you have written it has become apparent to me that you are caring, intelligent, and politically astute. The nation is the worse for your loss.

    Radicalism will not benefit either party and it will not benefit the nation (in part because it cannot lead the nation). Our politics favor center right or center left candidates. The farther up the food chain, the more this is true.

    The ability to govern as president requires that person to be able to work effectively with both sides of the aisle. If they cannot, they will accomplish little. Our constitution requires some degree of unanimity for change to take place. And that is how it should be. A president who fully alienates the other side will accomplish nothing.

    When selecting a president for our own party, one of the key issues should always be does the individual have a track record of working effectively with those of the other party?

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 1:11 a.m.

    Well said. Republicans would do well to choose a candidate they could live with and independents could feel good about rather than a candidate they love but who repulses independents.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    I'm an Eisenhower Republican. Another way of phrasing that is to say I'm a Democrat.