What is left, right, or center? In the context of this blog, it refers to a political, social and personal point of view.
The idea behind these views are not new and their beginnings have a rich history dating back to the French revolution. In 1789, the French government created the National Assembly where politicians of the day would meet to determine courses of action and law. In the assembly, the pro-worker or proletariat would sit on the left while on the right the pro king or bourgeoisie was seated. In the middle were those who would agree with aspects of both sides or take the middle ground, commonly referred to as the center. Several changes or refinements occurred over the next 100 years, but views appeared to stay generally along the same lines. It was not until the early 20th century that “left” and “right” were brought into America and associated with political and social thought.
Even though there is not a clear definition of what is right, left or center there are some common or understood positions. In Fig 1 below, I have provided some core areas across the positional spectrum as a means to establish points of reference. Also, I selected some popular and controversial issues to highlight some differences in order to provide a baseline of understanding of what each is and more importantly where “slightly right of center” sits.
The focus of this blog will be to concentrate on the “Slightly right of center” position. What this means will be the topic of my blogs and supporting opinions. Furthermore, I want to emphasize that extreme views on either side do not represent most Americans and rarely provide credible or sound ideas that move our nation forward. What I hope to achieve is a traditionally grounded view for Americans – one where rational argument, facts, and common sense prevail — one that is “slightly right of center.”