So many believe that they are generally moderate or moderating because they cannot imagine themselves being so nonconforming that they cannot be sociable or civil in any situation. We are always conciliatory because we don’t really want to have someone tell us “DBAD”.
We can support diversity up to and including that moment when that diversity in whatever form becomes uncomfortable in everyday life. And what person secure in their sense of self would self-describe as “average”. Who would care to celebrate the midpoint to the Fall election. Symmetry! Who doesn’t believe in cultural liberalism, economic liberalism, fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. You wouldn’t want to be known as a “fiscal liberal” handing out that walking around money.
If “Aristotle favoured conciliatory politics dominated by the centre rather than the extremes of great wealth and poverty or the special interests of oligarchs and tyrants., the modern centrist favors a dominating conciliatory politics defined by ideologically rejecting radical or extreme views.
The implication is that they are free of ideological position, as if a median defined a majoritarian ideology that is neither radical right-wing nor radical left-wing rather than conservative nor liberal. Middling is also mediocre or average, as if there was an average American. “Just right” just like that red riding hood porridge.
Political moderates are like vegans with leather belts or CBD users who claim that they are teetotalers claiming “We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.”
In recent years, the term “political moderates” has gained traction as a buzzword. The existence of the ideal moderate is disputed because of a lack of a moderate political ideology. Voters who describe themselves as centrist often mean that they are moderate in their political views, advocating neither extreme left-wing politics nor extreme right-wing politics.
Gallup polling has shown American voters identifying themselves as moderate between 35–38% of the time over the last 20 years. Voters may identify with moderation for a number of reasons: pragmatic, ideological or otherwise. It has even been suggested that individuals vote for centrist parties for purely statistical reasons.
New Democrats, also known as centrist Democrats, Clinton Democrats, or moderate Democrats, are a moderate ideological faction within the Democratic Party in the United States. As the Third Way faction of the party, they support cultural liberalism, economic liberalism, fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. New Democrats dominated the party from the late-1980s through the mid-2010s. They are represented by organizations such as the New Democrat Network and the New Democrat Coalition.