So, yes, I find it difficult to understand the motives of moderates. As a libertarian, not a member of the Libertarian Party, simply an independent, libertarian-minded, capitalist, free-thinker (very simple), I don't particularly give a rat's-ass how the conservatives work out their problems, but thinking about the conflict does bring up concerns I have as a citizen. The conflict, and the way the progressives are captializing on it, creates a political atmosphere where those in government power, and those with influence in the media, are blanketing all resistance to the progressive agenda as somehow intellectually inferior, not-serious, angry and close-minded, and detrimental to the country. This I do care about.
The progressives, with the help of the media, and the un-intentional help of the moderates, are marginalizing all resistance and using tax-payer money to build a power-base to maintain control through majoritarianism. The progressives are putting into place the mechanisms intended to create an alliance which will over-power each election -- and it all hinges on suppressing the activism of ordinary Americans who are not, by nature and temperament, political activists, but if organized can overwhelm the progressive alliance. This is what I see happening.
I expect to see political pressure from community organizers, Hollywood and the media, unions, organizations like NEA and other liberal/progressive like-minded entities, aimed at isolating the resistance, smearing the resistance and marginalizing the resistance. The resistance will be framed as zealots who are over-reacting out of ignorance, racism, mis-information, far rightwing organization influence and capitalist greed.
There is the potential for this to backfire in colossal fashion. Most political players have never witnessed public backlash when the government loses credibility. I witnessed it in the 60s, but the backlash was limited to mostly the younger generation, political activists, artists and professors, but it was powerful. State force quelled the resistance. The potential resistance movement we have today is far different, because it will entail a cross-section of America -- what's been called the "silent majority".
We're reminded over and over that our culture is changing and the old majority is being replaced by a new culturally diverse majority, and this might be true for the future, but it is not yet a reality -- at least not like the progressives predict, which is a culturally diverse majority with a progressive mindset. The majority that exists today is, indeed, diverse, but it's not a progressive majority. As a matter of fact, progressives are few in number. The country stills considers itself somewhat conservative, but, also, not in the way the political conservatives might hope. They are more just plain Consititutionally-influenced conservative -- they don't want government "progressively" making huge changes and transforming the American system of government or our economic system.
The majority wants progress, but they are still attuned to free market prinicples -- the ordinary work and trade of everyday Americans. Now, the new, sophisticated, progressive mindset might laugh at the everyday American and his or her values, but they are still a reality. If riled and called to action, the majority in this country, who still value the idea of America as philosophically addressed in The Declaration of Independence, and are still guided by this philosophy, can shake the foundation of this country and turn all the progressive plans upside down. So, they must be isolated, marginalized and suppressed.
Some of the congresspeople are even talking of ramming legislation through and bringing us all along whether we like it or not. There's an underlying belief among some in Washington D.C. that the public is malleable and they can be moved in the direction where power points -- this is evident in their words and actions -- something like "Let them eat cake."
The moderates are unintentionally (I'm hoping it's unintentional) giving support to the progressives. This is what I can't understand.