SARTRE, Contributing Writer
Monday’s launch of a new movement called Nolabels.org – an effort to get beyond the hyperpartisanship that infuses Washington – can’t help but keep the “will Bloomberg run” question alive. The daylong rollout was held in New York City, and Mayor Bloomberg, a political independent, was a marquee participant. And Nolabels’ centrist approach to policy fits his own message, laid out just last week in a campaign-style speech on the economy. The billionaire Bloomberg’s willingness to self-fund as a politician has been amply demonstrated in his three successful runs for New York mayor, and he reportedly considered running for president in 2008″.
“The group “No Labels” kicked off its first conference Monday at New York’s Columbia University with just one label largely absent: “Republican.”
The non-partisan initiative with the slogan, “Not Left. Not Right. Forward”, is seeking to fill what the American people regularly tell pollsters is the vital center: a non-ideological space where the commitment is to getting things done. And its speakers—who ranged from Republican moderates like ex-Virginia Rep. Tom Davis to liberal Democrats like New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand—sang the praises of cooperation and compromise.
But the only Republicans present at Columbia University’s modern, square Alfred Lerner Hall seemed to be those who had recently lost primary races, such as South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis and Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, or former Republicans like Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg”.
“No Labels’ purpose is to fight hyper-partisanship in politics, to be the “centrist equivalent to the tea-party movement on the right and MoveOn on the left.” Does it surprise you that David Frum is one of the organization’s founding leaders? So are Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson”. And provides this quote from No Labels’ website:
“Hyper-partisanship is one of the greatest domestic challenges our nation faces. It divides America and derails our ability to solve our shared challenges. Rather than focusing on solving problems, hyper-partisans use labels to demonize their opponents, enforce orthodoxy within their own ranks, and marginalize sensible compromises”.
Ms. Esfahani Smith concludes:
“When it comes to politics and political parties, I think litmus tests and “orthodoxy” are foolish and harmful–especially for the GOP right now. However, I don’t agree with No Labels that partisanship itself is a problem. “Ordinary politics is partisan politics,” as Harvey Mansfield has written. To say otherwise–to try to create a postpartisan era of “No Labels”–is a utopian departure from reality”.
In order to make sense out of another feeble attempt to hoodwink the populace, the ruling establishment is molding an alliance between the NeoCons and the NeoLibs. No Labels really means lead the dumbed down public by the nose.
Compare and contrast the stretch from Rush Limbaugh and the alluring lyrics of Akon, “See a man with a blue tie, see a man with a red tie; so how about we tie ourselves together and get it done”. Who is correct? If you are one of the walking zombies that believe that we can all just get along, you are a prime target for the No Labels deception. Watch these videos of Limbaugh: No Labels Is A Racist Organization and Akon: No Labels and take away the lesson that both miss the real point of what No Labels is attempting to accomplish.
No Labels looks more like a pilot plot for the sequel to Mad Men. Madison Avenue selling the youth on a message of communal unity, the career working taxpayer that government theft helps society and the struggling single parent that their kids are really being educated in government schools. Sadly, the Ignorant Middle, all too often, buys into the hype and snake oil.
Gotham City, the source of original sin and seat of eternal damnation leads the carnival that sucks in the suckers into playing a no win game. Need evidence, just ponder the results from the New York State election.
The gubernatorial results by party are: Democratic 2,610,123; Republican 1,290,017; Conservative 232,264; Working Families 154,847; Independence 146,646; Green 59,928; Libertarian 48,386; Rent is 2 Damn High 41,131; Taxpayers 25,820; Freedom 24,572; Anti-Prohibition 20,429. There were 4,423 write-ins.
The Libertarian Party no long qualifies to be on the ballot without obtaining new signatures. The progressive left Working Families and 2 Damn High media creation just want more government handouts. Just add in the Green and Independence vote to most of the Democratic platform and you have very few people standing up for limited government.
SARTRE is the pen name of James Hall, a reformed, former political operative. This pundit’s formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. A believer in authentic Public Service, independent business interests were pursued in the private sector. Speculation in markets, and international business investments, allowed for extensive travel and a world view for commerce. SARTRE is the publisher of BREAKING ALL THE RULES. Contact [email protected]
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