Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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The question of who speaks for the Moderates has been around a long time. Moderates are people who listen to both partisan points of view and make up their own mind. Moderates are people who may or may not have belonged to a political party but now prefer not to be aligned with a strict partisan agenda. Moderates are people who do not vote for a particular form of idealism or for a special interest but who relate to the overall issues of the day. Moderates are people from all classes of life who are proud to be Americans. Moderates are people who vote to elect a person because of character and not because of party affiliation. Moderates are our friends and neighbors. Moderates are willing to listen to others and do not impose themselves on others. Moderates are pragmatic thinkers and are willing to accept reality. Moderates are young and old alike and have no particular bias or prejudice. Moderates for the most part hate war and love peace.
These are but a few examples of who are Moderates and the list is endless, except it excludes extreme partisan political people who accept only their own platform and agenda and decry any other.
The very idea of registering as a Republican or a Democrat is repugnant to a Moderate who wants to be neutral from the partisan party hard line approach to both government and life, and the Moderate wants to be compatible with all people regardless of political affiliation.
So, who does speak for the Moderate ? Certainly not the partisan political parties. Certainly not the press and the media. Certainly not the Moderates themselves, because their is not legally recognized third, fouth, fifth, etc., political party. If there is to be an American Moderate Party then the government has to make it easier for them to participate, get funding, have a voice in the media and give them an equal opportunity to be heard. After all, the 1st amendment gives them that right.
Then our government has to change the political financing laws so that not only the rich can be elected and so that freedom of speech prevails and is put into action, and we have a wider range of choices.