If there’s blame to be placed for the polarization of American politics, it lies squarely with the independent voters. Like it or not, we have a two-party system, and independents either have to deal with that fact or get involved and try to change it.
If you want more moderate, effective representation, pick a party and engage yourself in the process. Otherwise, the fringe elements of each party will continue to select the candidates you vote for.
If the “moderate middle” truly makes up 70 percent of the electorate, imagine the power that segment of the population has in choosing our candidates or working toward loosening the corporate, two-party grip on our democracy.
Yet independents continue to remain on the sidelines until the general election and then complain about having to choose between “the lesser of two evils” when entering the voting booth — if they vote at all.
— Steve Berry, Des Moines