Centrism, Political Reality, and the Clinton/Sanders feud for the Heart of the Democratic Party

5 Feb

I guess it all depends on what the definition of the word “Progressive” is.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

In yesterday’s editorial on Spain’s inability to form a new government, I wrote the following observation of centrism:

And while the world’s political leaders are acutely aware of the inherent dangers posed by this growing inability to govern, they are dumbfounded on how to correct it.  Part of their difficulty, perhaps a large part, is due to the nature of centrism which is constrained by a narrow set of parameters consistent with maintaining the status quo.  Centrists, in other words, do not think outside-the-box.

Now that populist support for progressive/democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders has become evident after the Iowa caucuses and going into the New Hampshire primary, this aspect of centrism is manifesting itself in the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.  She is obviously dismayed that Sanders is seen as a progressive while she is not, even though she apparently seems confused about what a…

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