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Personal observations of Billy Joe Fudge: Centrist Extremism

By Billy Joe Fudge
Personal commentary

In light of all the current goings-on in Washington and other governmental municipalities around our great nation, I have a few "foods for thought" to interject.We are all familiar with and are bombarded daily with talking points labeling folks on both the Right and the Left as extremists. There is definitely a contingent of Liberals and Conservatives that are solid on their positions and refuse to be swayed into compromising on their firmly held beliefs.


There is also another troupe that I believe are a much more dangerous "extremist group" than the so called Liberal and Conservative Extremists. This very dangerous group is the "Centrist Extremist" element.

I've always been a bit confused how the two ends of the political or social spectrum could be so vilified while those extremists in the middle are glorified as some sort of god-like saviors of our Republic and a miracle cure for all the social ills that torment our democratic society.

I suppose the reason I'm confused is that I am pretty much a black and white type guy. I'm not much on gray area. To me, it either is or it isn't. Up ain't down and down ain't up. If my foundation wasn't firm enough to stand upon or worthy enough to dock my boat at then I always thought that I needed to shore up my underpinnings before a storm came along and swept me away.

Dawn and Dusk are the two most beautiful times of day but you can't live there. The reality is that there is only day and night. Dawn and Dusk are fleeting, temporal, transitional periods of passing from one of the only true realities, day or night, to the other.

All that being said political compromise or any compromise for that matter can only be made from the two poles of contention. Compromise can not be made from the center out. As with the battery that starts your car every time you hit the ignition, the power is generated when the power of the two extremes of the Negative Pole and the Positive Pole are brought to bear on the center, the starter. If the two poles abandon their positions and come together in the middle then there is a violent explosion that destroys both positions and the power of the battery is lost.

Centrist Extremists are struggling to maintain their transitional existence by lauding their position as a deified position to where the Left and the Right should seek to reside. This, of course, would only create a violent explosion which would rob our society and political system of its ability to be linked together in a controlled manner where ignition can be available every time we need it.

Compromise is not the abandoning of one's position but rather the sacrifice of some of the power of that position for a period of time to restart the dead engine. As soon as the engine is started then the power is returned to the position from which it was received. - Billy Joe Fudge


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