Here is the third in a series of questions.
- Question for Liberal Democrats (UNSOLVED MYSTERIES: QUESTION 1).
- Question for Conservative Republicans (UNSOLVED MYSTERIES: QUESTION 2)
The purpose here is to ask Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats an approximation of the same question the way a “Moderates” would ask it. How should we phrase the question?
What exactly is a “Moderate”? Ostensibly, the dictionary matters. Supposedly, a “Moderate” is someone who avoids extremes (see moderate), but who, as a practical matter, does not consider themselves a “Moderate.”
We speak of Left-Wingers and Right-Wingers, but these terms are not helpful. We call Communists Left-Wing in the extreme and Nazis Right-Wing in the extreme, but the political ideologies do not differ significantly (see OF TWISTED WORDS => LEFT-WING AND RIGHT-WING).
What seems to matter more is how much government we want. That is, at one extreme we have anarchy and at the other extreme we have totalitarianism. Moreover, our political parties differ primarily based upon how much government they want to implement. Whereas the Republicans Party promotes limited government (Some Republican politicians, admittedly, only pay lip service to the concept.), Democrat politicians promote more government (Most Democrat politicians are Socialists.). That suggests a “Moderate” is someone who wants more government than Republican politicians want and less government than Democrat politicians want. That suggests that swing voters are, at least in a statistical sense, “Moderates.”
Note that swing voters are not necessarily moderate in the true sense of the word. Just because we happen to be at the statistical middle does not make us truly moderate. For example, the vast majority of the people in a totalitarian state will at least pay lip service to the idea that their form of government is wonderful, but support for totalitarianism is morally indefensible. In addition, totalitarianism is at one extreme of the political spectrum. Therefore, being like everyone else does not make us a moderate.
The other extreme, anarchy, is not moderate either. Consider why anarchy is a rare form of “government.” Anarchists refuse to organize a government. So, Anarchists don’t have the capacity to defend their form of government. This is why pacifists rarely establish governments. Without people who are willing to fight, pacifists cannot defend their borders.
That brings us to the question, and it also brings us to an observation. One question is not going to work. What will a swing voter do? He is going to ask Liberal Democrat politicians and Conservative Republican politicians different questions.
Question for Liberal Democrat politicians?
What is in it for me?
Question for Conservative Republican politicians.
What is it going to cost me?
Do these questions seem a bit too hard on “Moderates”? Is it true that all swing voters lack altruism — are devoid of concern for their families, friends, and neighbors? No. Nevertheless, President Joe Biden just made it blatantly obvious that he believes he can buy votes with the taxpayer’s money. Without any Constitutional authority — without Congressional approval — Biden just announced his intention to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars of student debt (see Biden’s Student Loan Debt Cancellation Is Illegal (victorygirlsblog.com)).
If swing voters are willing to vote to support this kind of bribery, then questions 3A and 3B are actually much too kind.