So begins a recent column by
The media attach labels to politicians who reflect their political and social views. Those labels have included "right-wing," "extreme right-wing" "far-right," "out of the mainstream," and when reporting on religion, "fundamentalist."
Occasionally a politician will be described as "liberal," but usually in the context of a policy or personality a media person regards favorably. People most conservatives consider extreme left, like Rep.
Labels have an effect on how news consumers and the general public view a person, especially since negative labels such as "intolerant" "racist" and "sexist" are their frequent etymological companions if one is conservative.
The problem is the media never define their terms, nor apply them equally to liberals.
Why is someone considered "moderate" when they vote against protection for the unborn? Watch how
Is it moderate to favor same-sex marriage? Is a person moderate who wants to raise your taxes, impose new regulations on your business, undercut the Second Amendment, increase spending (a bipartisan practice in
Asked at a town hall meeting in
The exchange as reported by The Washington Examiner continued with Buttigieg saying: "I respect where you are coming from and I hope to earn your vote, but I'm not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision."
The crowd applauded.
"Here's what I can tell you," Buttigieg continued. "I know that the difference in opinion that you and I have is one that we have come by honestly, and the best that I can offer... is that if we can't agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line and, in my view, it's the woman who's faced with that decision in her own life."
"The second part of the Democratic platform contains language that basically says we don't belong," Day said, noting that it was not too long ago that the Democratic Party tried to accommodate pro-life liberals. "We have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, that the government should pay for it, and there's nothing that says people who have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party."
It is Day's position that should be considered "moderate." Buttigieg and the rest of the Democratic presidential field are not.
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