The reason I felt a need to write about these posts is because of this ideas that moderates, i.e. centrists and those that "ride the fence" in regards to political issues.
Personally, I think that a person that is moderate is a person that is conservative on some issues and liberal on others.
In fact, I would consider myself a centrist, even though, technically, I'm a Republican..........for now.....
I say that I think I'm a centrist but would say that I'm a right-leaning centrist since MOST of my views are conservative.
For instance, I believe that abortion is murder and am extremely pro-life.....very conservative on this issue.
However, unlike most conservatives, I am what I would call consistent with my pro-life stance. I do not believe that the death penalty is morally right. I don't think most conservatives would agree with me.
I also am a staunch supporter in 2nd Amendment rights. That would be considered a right-leaning, or conservative philosophy.
But, unlike most conservatives, I support the legalization of marijuana (and possibly other currently illegal narcotics). I think that the government spends entirely too much money on drug control. For instance, I think the position of the nation's drug czar should be discontinued. That position is pointless and does nothing to solve the drug problem in this country which I think should be handled as a medical issue and not a criminal one.
So I don't think that with any of these issues I am "riding the fence."
Riding the fence, to me, means that a person has not decided one way or the other, on a particular issue and I think centrists, or moderates, aren't people that can't decide on their particular political philosophy. I just think that they do not take a staunchly left or right position on everything.
In fact, I decided to look up these terms (centrist and moderate) up on Wikipedia and this is what I found:
Centrist : centrism is the practice of promoting moderate policies that lie between different political extremes.
Moderate : an individual who is not extreme, partisan or radical.
I kind of like this definition.