I find this to be pretty exciting news, because of the possibilities it suggests. Basically, Ariel Sharon is quitting the Likud Party he helped found in order to form a new, centrist party that turns away from the extremes of both Likud and Labor.
This, coming on the heels of Sen. John McCain’s visit here over the weekend, prompts me to ask the following questions of my readers (and if you give me some good answers, maybe I can get a column out of it, and maybe even get a movement started; who knows?):
- Why can’t we do this over here, giving those of us in the sensible middle an actual alternative to the mutually exclusive, mutually loathing Democrats and Republicans?
- What would be the precepts of such a party? (I have some ideas of my own on this score, but I’d like to know what you think.)
- Who would be some good candidates we could run under our banner?
- What should be the name of our party?
- What animal, if any, should be our party symbol?
- Do you think such a party would, given time to grow, actually have a chance to make a difference and help us find a way to move forward as one country, leaving the destructive bitterness of the two dominant parties behind?
- If you believe it does, what’s stopping us?
I guess that’s enough conversation starters to go on for now. I look forward to your feedback.