What I Mean By “Moderate”

moderate adjective. Kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense.

Some people who read what I plan to say here will argue that I’m not moderate.

M’okay. But I’m fairly confident people on both sides of the political spectrum will make that argument, so in the end, it probably all averages out.

I’m referring, in the site’s title, to being moderate in the political spectrum, not in my observance of my religion. The former is admirable in my mind; the latter is a grave mistake. Elder Dallin H. Oaks said it best:

The idea that our strengths can become our weaknesses could be understood to imply that we should have “moderation in all things.” But the Savior said that if we are “lukewarm,” he “will spew [us] out of [his] mouth” (Rev. 3:16). Moderation in all things is not a virtue, because it would seem to justify moderation in commitment. That is not moderation, but indifference. That kind of moderation runs counter to the divine commands to serve with all of our “heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2), to “seek … earnestly the riches of eternity” (D&C 68:31), and to be “valiant in the testimony of Jesus” (D&C 76:79). Moderation is not the answer.

So moderation in observance of my religion is not what I’m aspiring to.

In politics, it’s different. I think here being moderate means willingness to vote for candidates outside your own political party. Being willing to acknowledge that at times your party is flat-out wrong. (I doubt most people would agree with every aspect of their party’s platform — but maybe that’s just me.)

My goals here are two-fold:

  1. To show my fellow Latter-day Saints — specifically those who lean farther right than myself — a point of view they might not have considered.
  2. To show others the reasoning behind some of our beliefs and stances, specifically in the political spectrum.

Additionally, I’d like to show folks who agree with my opinions that they’re not alone. I hate feeling like a lone voice in the wilderness — it’s depressing. I’d also like to provide a forum for rational discourse for Latter-day Saints. Politics aren’t what we should be discussing in Sunday School or over the pulpit.

But mostly, perhaps, I just need to vent. I have other blogs, but those are almost solely dedicated to entertaining, and I don’t want to confuse serious issues with funny videos of robots falling over.

2 thoughts on “What I Mean By “Moderate””

  1. I’m really excited to hear what you have to say. I don’t know if I’m politically moderate, but I am definitely against the notion of backing an idea simply because my party backs it. I also think positions should be reevaluated periodically and updated or abandoned if they are no longer serving the needs they proposed to address.

    I feel like a lot of people back ideas only because their party does, and this causes the party to back an idea long past its time.

    And since I’m here, I’ll give an example that will start your first flame war. While I’m not sure where I stand on the general concept of immigration reform, I am totally against most of the immigration paranoia currently going on. We live in a state that draws people literally because the Spirit told them to come. We owe it to our brothers and sisters to help and welcome them. Instead we meet them with open racism guised as a mixture of protectionism and “upholding the law”. It bugs me.

    1. My next entry is going to compare current behaviors to those of the Nephites who welcomed in the Anti-Nephi-Lehites. They’d been at WAR with the Lamanites, and here they opened up their borders and GAVE THEM LAND.

      Hopefully I have more to say than just that, or else I just used up the whole entry.

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