I have said before that I think that we are in the midst of a political recalibration in our country. The old labels of “conservative” or “liberal,” “Democrat” or “Republican” just don’t seem to fit anymore, do they? Lots of polling over the last year or so confirms it. Gallup recently found that 42% of voters don’t feel represented by either major political party and identify as “independent,” and the NBC-Esquire poll last fall looked at a lot of specific issues and defined a “new center” in American politics.
There is a New Majority now. I think that most Americans have a common vision of government – a limited government that lives within its means, doesn’t spend too much and doesn’t take any more of our money.
We want a government that treats all of us the same and stays out of our lives so that we can pursue our American Dream with equal opportunity.
We want America to be the beacon of freedom in the world. We want an engaged foreign policy, but we don’t want to be the world’s policeman who is always automatically involved in every foreign conflict.
We may disagree on some specific issues, but I truly think that most of us have a common vision of the role of government. The problem is that, too often, we allow our cultural differences to divide us.
The media and the political establishment love to fan the flames of the cultural divisions. Whether it’s the so-called wars on women & Christmas, Duck Dynasty or race relations, they benefit and make money off of dividing us. The reality is that often times, when they are highlighting our differences on TV or the public arena, they aren’t fighting about actual government policy. It’s about cultural.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some cultural issues that actually concern current or proposed government policy, but it’s not as often as they make it seem. There is probably even a lot more agreement on those issues than we think. I think that while we may disagree on the outcome of an issue, in a lot of those cases, the New Majority probably generally agrees on what the role of the government should be.
I was talking with some friends of mine over dinner one night. We were talking about this New Majority and what we believe in. One of my friends blurted out – “we’re normal people.”
So that’s what I’ve been calling us – A New Majority of Normal People!
Most of us normal people are just tired of the constant fighting on TV and the dysfunction in our government. Most of us are looking around at each other and wondering how all of these crazy people got put on TV and in charge of the government!
I think it’s time for more normal people to be in charge, don’t you?