The following are the source and reference materials used for The Papercuts Library #7 – It is Time for Moderate America to Speak Up
Like #6, this book is not a research product. This one is more like a pitch, and it could just be wishful thinking at that. … Can positive spin counteract negative spin? … It doesn’t feel like the other side of this equation is half as worried about what they say, so though we are aware good intentions can pave the road to hell, the decision to publish this was based on a hope that it can’t hurt to ask everyone to be nice for a spell while we get through a tough spot in history… so… though inspired by years of following the news across the spectrum on a daily basis, no heavy compilation of references links have been assembled… we don’t have the staff.
Just suffice to say that this work is a speculative and subjective promotion of positive hope and good vibes for America…
Warning: Spoilers ahead…
- fringe – Merriam-Webster
- ‘Moderate’ Has Become The Most Meaningless Term In Politics – Talking Points Memo, Dec. 2021
The conversation we need to have about the state of media has already started…
- I Led the Revolution Against Journalistic Institutions. Now I Think We Need to Build Them Back Up. – John F. Harris, founding editor of Politico, Jan. 2022
- Is the Media Doomed? – Politico, Jan. 2022
As stated in the book, no turtle owners were consulted or polled for this book, and sadly there was no time or reason for more turtle research…
There’s no way to document all the outlandish survey questions and media misunderstandings being perpetrated right now without getting pulled into their drama and triggering hapless members of the audience.
But… everything on this page should be substantiated in a few minutes of watching cable news or following social media trends, if you aren’t just shaking your head as you read, being well aware of the problem already.
Here’s the data for the chart:
- Party Affiliation – Gallup Historical Trends
So much more could be said on the subject and the data, but there is only one point being made in #7 and it is clear enough from the chart.
But regarding the twitch, consider that Gallup alone has asked Americans for their party affiliation 380 times over the last 17 years. … Does a question lose meaning after being asked so much? … Do we really need to be polled so often? … Is there any value for the audience, or is it all in the name of constant content?
Like p8-9, the idea is to expose the similarities of each side, not continue to hound our differences.
Whether you look at news across the spectrum or are sticking to a bubble, everything on these pages should still sound familiar.
Otherwise, the focus is on possible points of agreement and so no misunderstandings or troubles are going to be added to the reference section.
You know the score.
We hold the truths on this page to be self-evident.
America does not have time for nonsense.
What is the so-called “real information” about Covid?
Ask the middle.
- Media Bias Ratings – AllSides
The following sources have been deemed in the center as of 2021, and if you are looking for non-politized coverage of Covid, these might be your best bets:
- Coronavirus Pandemic – AP News
- EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic? – AP News, Jan. 2022
- United States COVID-19 Tracker – Reuters
- What you need to know about the coronavirus right now – Reuters, Jan. 27,2022
- Coronavirus – Axios
- Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Cuts Omicron Death Risk by 95%, U.K. Study Shows – Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2022
- Why Cloth Masks Might Not Be Enough as Omicron Spreads – Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2022
- What We Know About the New BA.2 Omicron Variant – Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2022
- And there is always…
- COVID-19 – Wikipedia
- COVID-19 pandemic – Wikipedia
Regarding the function of the parties…
- Political party – Wikipedia
- moderate – Merriam-Webster
The 2021 average party affiliations once again came from:
- Party Affiliation – Gallup Historical Trends
The 50% number is a conceptual estimate as stated in the text. It is called generous because the hope is that in reality that it would be much lower.
The 70% comes from applying the 50% to Democrats and Republicans based on the Gallup average. That mix is why it is referred to as “fuzzy.”
The other issue is, can independents really all get lumped into the “moderate” category?
Perhaps not, as independents will probably run the gamut, but since we poll them about which party they “lean” to, there is an implicit middle established that must be leaned from, so to speak.
Maybe some independents are leaning from the fringes, but the fringe usually has its own names for itself and in the general spirit of reconciliation that this book is attempting, the spirit of independents is kept moderate.
No offense to extreme independents.
Nothing on this page will be dignified with a reference.
We don’t have the staff to compile all the productive things that need doing around this country just for the reference section. That’s what the Papercuts Library is for, so stay tuned for future releases.
But, here’s a couple of references regarding not waiting until things fail to do something, which have come up in hours before going to press…
- Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses Hours Before Biden Infrastructure Visit – New York Times, Jan. 2022
- The Ticking Clock for Miami’s Condo Empire – New York Times, Jan. 2022
Consult today’s paper for the latest failure in action…
One more helpful definition:
- compromise – Merriam-Webster
(All the difficulties of it are right there in Essential Meanings 1-3. Compromise is in the eye of the beholder?)
How do you wrap up a book like this? As the longest back page to date, you will see the struggle to end positively and rationally in the face of the challenges before us… but the key point is about finding a good attitude and running with it, which you can have right there for free.
Meanwhile, here are some links to ruminate on…
- In nation at war with itself, one town tries cup of civility – AP News, Jan. 2022
- Do not expect a civil war in America – Marginal Revolution, Feb. 1, 2022
- What We Can Learn From How the 1918 Pandemic Ended – New York Times, Jan. 31, 2022
- Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – Wikipedia
- Era of Good Feelings – Wikipedia
Let’s get our act together, folks, c’mon!
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