Where am I coming from in analyzing the right?
It's easier to be a hack, though, isn't it?
Thank you for explaining your point of view. Such a viewpoint is welcome. I want to read "non-partisan punditry" as it is more balanced than much of what is written. As you point out, the Bulwark presents this sort of view as well. While I am a liberal, I find it valuable to read thoughtful criticism of the left as well as the right. I'm glad you are willing to share your thoughts on our political situation.
I paid to read this Substack, because I remember Damon Linker when he was affiliated with the right, and I always appreciated his political writing.
I have taken a different tack. I have become more right wing in the years since the debacle of the Iraq war. Given where I live, and my interactions with the administrative state, I much prefer a full house cleaning approach.
As to stability, I am ideologically predisposed to believe that it is only the right who has to give-in in order to create stability. When a democratic choice is made in a rightward direction in any municipality or state in our country, it is not considered 'democratic'. That the double standards are so fully ingrained as to make it necessary to discount every statement from the left as only being in bad faith.
What is a centrist? Is it everybody between the hard left and hard right? Or are some like me, mostly in the middle but with some swiveling on certain issues? I lean left fiscally and right socially, except hard-anti-death penalty. I’m a modified pacifist and pro-getting countries on a similar page.
So am I centrist or just confused?