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The moderate majority

By Bradley R. Gitz

This article was published September 11, 2017 at 2:37 a.m.

It might be hard to tell from our overheated, post-Charlottesville media coverage, but the vast majority of Americans are neither neo-Nazis nor anarchists and probably have nothing but contempt for those who are. They also aren't white supremacists who want to restore slavery, or sexist bigots who want to keep women barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

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RBear says... September 11, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.

Yet another interesting take by Gitz. If it weren't for your past record, I would call this a good column. But you have a history of playing in the fringes yourself. So, either I take this as a wake-up call of your moral character or just a way to hammer out something for the D-G to meet your weekly obligation.
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While I agree with your premise that these fringe groups are not our political DNA in America, they are the tip of the spear of core ideologies that run throughout our society. They exist for a reason. They are born out of extremism that is bred within our culture. Why do they exist now? Because that culture has been gradually shifting and dividing thanks to the rhetoric of Trump, Sharpton, and a host of others who likes to play to the fringes.
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Trump's speech in Tuscon was a great example of his desire to rile up the masses. While some would say ignore that speech, Trump and his handlers want to make sure they are front and center of your screen and online feed. And while Gitz's claim about moderate majority might be true, his own columns don't play to that audience.
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So, yes we're all ignoring them or trying to from an extremists point of view. But we're not ignoring the underlying issues that they represent nor should we. We shouldn't ignore the fact that racism still exists in America, albeit in subtle tones such that we find in your columns. We shouldn't ignore income inequality which is its own form of slavery. We shouldn't ignore the drumbeat of discrimination against LGBT individuals disguised as "religious freedom."

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DoubleBlind says... September 11, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.

Yes, most among us are moderates but, no, the actions of those who are not cannot and should not be ignored. They will not simply 'go away.' Stupid and irresponsible advice. Freedom dies in darkness.

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Jfish says... September 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Good column, also now you have the 24 hour news cycle with cnn, fox and msnbc who seem to want to exaggerate things.

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ARMNAR says... September 11, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

Did he mean "Succotash?"

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Packman says... September 11, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.

Dr. Gitz nails it. In these days of social media and tribalism, it's good for us all to take a deep breath and realize the newsmakers are only a miniscule part of the population and as Gitz says deserve derision and mockery instead of any serious thought.
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Hey RBear - We also must not ignore attacks on the 1st Amendment and acknowledge racism not only still exists but comes in many shapes and forms such as liberal social policies that are in their own a form of slavery.

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idratherbesailing says... September 11, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.

No RBear - Gitz has nailed it. The extremists are always with us and have always been. That's how presidents get shot. The difference these days is a liberal mass media bias that is focusing on ANYTHING they feel displays 'fly over country' racism or predilections. With the MSM - very little of this would exist. They aren't the 'spear point' - they are the criminal, psychotic, conspiracy theorists who believe that all bad things that happen to them were caused by 'those other people'. The 'lunatic fringe'. Most of us conservative, Christian, and yes, non-racist's, are quiet. The Silent Majority as it was famously described so many years ago. Just because we felt like ANYONE (and yes, that includes Trump) was more qualified than Hillary to be president - doesn't make us insane extremists unlike what you and the MSM would have their readership believe. Hillary is a spawn of the devil ha ha. Well - maybe that's a bit extreme - but you know what I mean.

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PopulistMom says... September 11, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

While I am hopeful that the next two election cycles will produce better candidates, I nevertheless am worried about the future of our country and the possibility of the rise of the fringes. Historically, governments can change very quickly. The far right and the far left can feed off each other as you saw in both the Russian and French revolutions. When those in power are indifferent to the poor, the poor can rise up and take power. The lunatic left which believes that we can make everything equal just by redistributing wealth is no better at governing than the far right which believes all laws should protect the wealth and privilege of the elites. Gitz's attitude that everything will be alright is a little naive given the history of the world. Of course, as Thomas Jefferson opined, an educated populace is vital for the health of a democracy. While our Constitutional republic form of democracy does provide us some checks and balances, it is up to all of the people to work toward the smooth functioning of government. Given Trump's instability and the rise of neo-Nazi groups and extreme socialists, moderates have a right to be concerned. If it weren't for Gary Cohn, Jim Mattis, Rex Tillerson, John Allen, H.R. McMaster, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins, I don't think that I could sleep at night.

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3WorldState1 says... September 11, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.

The base of the GOP is extreme. The fringe of the left is extreme. Not their base.
We know this because President Reagan today would be called a RINO at best and a communists at worst. He would never have a shot.
The GOP's base listens to Rush. And Rush is a liar and a con man. Much like the President. I listen to Rush. So I know he is a liar. He lies everyday. And you hear the people here and the GOP on TV (FOX) spout the same nonsense.
One person one vote will make the moderate majority powerful again. The system has learned to work the electoral college against the majority.

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RBear says... September 11, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

sailing, not really. I know you focus on the left in your comment, but I would term those on the right not as the Silent Majority but as the Complacent Majority that allows these thugs to represent you in rallies or gatherings. Let's just put racism aside and look at the other -isms. Trust me, the right is not right.

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WhododueDiligence says... September 11, 2017 at 1:49 p.m.

"Hillary is a spawn of the devil ha ha. Well - maybe that's a bit extreme - but you know what I mean."
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It's hard to know what "a spawn of the devil ha ha" means. But it could be sung nicely with "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha".

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