are "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold." -- "Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats.
Things do indeed fall apart because moderates in the political center of the USA won't fight for their country. They won't fight because moderates are like W.B. Yeats, who was an Irish poet.
Because moderates are pussies.
OK, we admit we picked the most foppish photo of Yeats we could find on the internet. We are joking of course and have a lot of political moderates in Komodia, and others with strong views on one side or the other who still believe we all ought to play by the same rules. But the point remains: Why do folks on the extremes seem to be the nastiest while the folks in the middle seem to be all nice and polite to the point of being weak? As Rebecca Nelson said in her outstanding article "The War on Partisanship," there are dozens of organizations in the USA trying to promote decency in politics and fighting partisan politics but the are, "to put it mildly, out of step with the zeitgeist of U.S. politics."
Donald Trump got elected after running one of the nastiest political campaigns in US history, with upwards of 70% of his statements being deemed false or partially false by independent fact checkers. And soon after he won, many Trump opponents jettisoned the Michelle Obama mantra of "When they go low, we go high" and quite literally embraced the mantra of "When they go low, we go lower" as in a December Huffington Post article.
So now the new definition of "moderate" needs to be focused not just on politics, but on whether you believe that the dangers posed by people you disagree with politically justify using nastiness and falsehoods. Both sides are increasingly using those tactics (though not equally).
Which side are you on? Are you a moderate in the center or on the extreme of using low tactics? Komodia is very much in the center (or centre as Yeats would say) and we'll use the power of comedy to fight the good fight.
The next line of the Yeats poem is "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." When facts are no longer facts, when rules of political and social media civility are routinely violated, when Americans forget what unites them, then anarchy reigns. Fight against the extremes who justify jerk behavior in our politics and online. Fight against anarchy. Get angry. And then be decent, civil, and truthful in how you fight.
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