A new coalition made up of individuals from the beltway and beyond, including Angus King, former Indy gov of Maine, have come together to start a movement for a new slate for presidential o8 race. They are calling themselves Unity 08 and they say:
Unity08 believes that neither of today’s major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money.
For most of the 20th Century, the contest for the U.S. presidency was waged over those “in the middle.” Recent Presidential elections, however, have not been focused on the middle but on the turnout of each party’s special interest groups – with each party’s “base” representing barely ten percent of the American people.
We believe that, while the leaders of both major parties are well intentioned people, they are trapped in a flawed system – and that the two major parties are today simply neither relevant to the issues and challenges of the 21st Century nor effective in addressing them.
They are calling on people who have put parties behind them to step forward, join and become a delegate for the Unity 08 platform convention. They cite a poll that demonstrates that 82% of Americans agree that “America has become so polarized between Democrats and Republicans that Washington can’t seem to make progress solving the nation’s problems.”
They are utilizing the internet and I noticed the Dean internet guru on their founder's list. They plan "to build an online community of millions of registered voters who will participate in an online convention in the first half of 2008 to nominate a Unity Ticket among any two candidates constitutionally qualified to serve – as long as they represent more than one party."
Are we closer to the breakdown of traditional parties than we think? Will it come from those in the middle who have been left behind by the extreme partisan agendas of left and right? Or are moderates just too damn busy living their lives to participate in political action at all?