Here is an axiom all of us would be very wise to live by: don't trust those who claim to despise and eschew labels. I have never encountered such an individual who isn't merely saying that to gain power or rank. Whether this is the person who claims, "I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious," or "I'm not conservative or liberal, I just want what's best for the country," these folks are total frauds.
The latter example is being perfectly manifested by a new group co-founded by former George Bush speechwriter (and professional "conservative" conservative-criticizer) David Frum.
Frum and his band of merry men would have you believe that they are merely pragmatists who don't believe in right or left. They just believe in doing what's right. Apparently we are supposed to believe that conservative and liberal minded folks have one thing in common: they don't really want to do what is right.they just want to argue. What nonsense.
Jonah Goldberg levels the proper indictment against these swindlers:
What no-labelers really mean is that they don't like inconvenient disagreements that hinder their agenda. And that's what is so troubling, indeed so undemocratic, about this claptrap. When they claim we need to put aside labels to do what's right, what they are really saying is you need to put aside what you believe in and do what they say. When activists say we need to move past the partisan divide, what they mean is: Shut up and get with my program. Have you ever heard anyone say, "We need to get past all of this partisan squabbling and name-calling. That's why I'm going to abandon all my objections and agree with you?" I haven't.
Politics is the process of two sides who passionately believe that their ideas are best, attempting to convince the people that their side is right. Stripping that from a culture doesn't breed good government. It breeds dictatorships.
Thankfully it appears that more people see through this idiotic fašade than they used to...as evidenced by the fact that despite all its pomp and posturing, according to Goldberg, "No Labels" has only been able to raise a meager one million dollars to this point.