Opinion: U.S. politics has to find that middle ground again

Re “Is partisan politics any better or worse than it has been in the past?” (Nov. 4): I know exactly whom to blame when it comes to intense partisanship and extreme political tactics. It’s every American citizen that is not on either the extreme right or left of their political party. To quote Walt Kelly’s Pogo the possum, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

The number of people in this country who identify with the middle ground, who could participate in civil dialogue and who could govern with common sense is a majority that is far greater than the minority that created this current state of affairs.

We could act, but we don’t. We’re lazy. It’s too much work. We don’t care enough to do anything about it but complain. Nothing is going to change until the silent majority wakes up and get on with it.

So if you fancy yourself a fiscally minded liberal or a socially minded conservative and don’t understand the zealots on either side of the aisle — you just might be the problem.

Patrick Hooper

North Park

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