No Labels? Or just centrism with no real questioning

Look, the hyper-partisanship needs to end, on this we all agree. But the approach of No Labels is the same old dreary centrist dogma that if two sides are fighting then the answer must lie in the center  Well, no, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the radicals are right and the centrists are wrong, like with John Brown opposing slavery or Mandela fighting apartheid or the early protests against the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

No Labels just seems, well, mushy. Of course we should respect others, but that doesn’t really do much to end the very real political differences in the country. Plus, they continually wrap themselves in the flag of American Exceptionalism, saying how wonderful the US is, except for this blasted pickle of a situation we’ve gotten ourselves into, that is. Apparently their remedy is to be more cheerful, and to ponder how “The US must remain the world’s premier economic power”. Huh?

As for any genuine dissent, like questioning the financial system and the obvious and glaring corruption, there is precious little of that. Instead they propose a code of conduct for Congress. Good grief (and good luck with that.) They seem earnest and well-meaning but this is like Boy Scouts asking drug lords to be more polite.

Their slogan

We are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are united in the belief that we do not have to give up our labels, merely put them aside to do what’s best for America.

So, we should forget our political beliefs because they are mere labels, then pick them back up again after we’ve sung Cumbaya and presumably saved the nation? The more I read that slogan the less sense it makes. Just what, precisely, is one supposed to do?