'No Labels' Political Movement Launches

Monday, December 13, 2010

Today a new political movement is launching in New York City called “No Labels.” It’s ambitious. It’s inclusive. The crème de la crème of analysts and strategists are on board, as are former and current politicians of both parties as well as independent. But what exactly is "No Labels?"

Here to explain is founding leader John Avlon, a senior political columnist for The Daily Beast, and the author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America."

The video below endeavors to introduce the movement: 

Guests:

John Avlon

Comments [47]

Luke Guillory from Scott,la.

I like the plan cut their pay until they acomplish the job that they are getting paid to do.If they don't like it then bail out. that's seems to be what they are doing to us americans anyway.

Nov. 27 2011 05:06 PM
Let's think from NC

A suggestion... Dems & Repubs might try turning off the paid commentators who get more $ for the 'controversy' they create... and (instead) listen to the 'REAL' people who say the things these hype-guys talk about. We need to make decisions ourselves, and avoid the effects these guys have 'interpreting' for us.

Jan. 11 2011 12:11 PM
Marvin heath from middleburg fl

This is a good idea the this way the politicians will have to run on their own merrit instead of a platform and be held personally responseable for their socalled work "Im in"

Jan. 07 2011 06:33 PM
Mike Fulton from North Carolina

The current political/communications structure has just gone to the dogs. Most people are in the game now to make money. The public does not read or verify anything. They simply repeat what they hear on the radio, not knowing that the speaker has an agenda to push. Radio personalities appeal to a sector of the population to increase their ratings to get listeners. But he/she is only giving a viewpoint and when do you verify their message? Americans are letting themselves be dumbed down and played by "P T Barnums". Don't fall for this. Please seek out, arm yourself with facts, ask questions and make your own decisions. This sounds like a good idea. Count me in.

Dec. 31 2010 10:56 PM
Lorrie from Dover, DE

The No-Labels politicians in this new movement sound like a bunch of sore losers. The majority of Americans WERE heard November 2; this group just doesn't like what they said. "Wing-Nuts" sounds like a label to me.as does "super- partisan".

Our republic was founded with a Constitution as the basis for government. Over many years we have strayed from this blueprint. Patriotic Americans of both parties simply want to restore our government to what it should be, and they want our Representatives in Congress to use the Constitution as their guide.

This is not extremism nor is it rocket science; it is not hard to understand. When people talk about "compromise", they generally mean the Republicans or the Conservatives should do the compromising.

Individuals and the economy function best when the government is not involved, except as a regulatory body.

Dec. 31 2010 04:18 PM
listener

I'm afraid the guest is just as annoying as the jangling music on the video . All soft focus and light on specifics and substance.
What they are doing is giving a huge compliment to the Tea Party that actually stands for something. They went from mocking them two years ago to desperately trying to imitate their success and genuine passion. It will be fun watching the No Labels elites try to flap their wings until they get tired and eventually put their Obama buttons back on.

Dec. 24 2010 10:26 AM
Norman Roby from Decatur, AL

Yes, yes, yes and yes!

I am confident you have the right message.

Dec. 20 2010 11:29 AM
donald w keniston from sheboygan, wi


( Copy to the new unit, "NO LABELS"
it's existence I just learned of yesterday)

Yep, it is a dodyism (a play with words), but it is still an honest depiction of the confusion
of our present day politics. I am jumping the gun but the following is my impression of the 2012
candidates for Cheif troublemaker:

1. OUR PRESENT CHIEF: I voted for him, but it is too bad he decided to become CEO of the
Democratic Comgress instead of President. Yes, in the last 2 weeks he seems to have had a
change of heart, but TOO LATE, The bills he passed will devastate the economy. I can't vote for
him again.
2. There is no place for FLAILIN' PALIN. Unsatified with her role as governor,she resigned,
and thus is unqualified for ANY OTHER elected post. She can't be trusted.
3. NEWT GINGRICH (Like TIP O'NEAL before him) was far too dictatorial, and would be as
president.
4 I am glad HILARY has stated she will not run. Leave her where she is or discard her.
5. In fact the only truely partisan person I can think of as a viable candidate, is the Brother
of a past president whom I truely dispised JEB BUSH seems to be the BEST of the 3 known
Presidential type Bushes and would make a reasonable Chief.

On the other hand, during the 08 Conventions, I had hoped that certain Moderates would
get into the act, and I continue that hope for the 2012 Session. Each of the three are relative
moderates, (2 Repubicans, and 1 Denocrats) and each of which could conceivibly run as
independents.
They are "Mayor BLOOMBERG" "Past Senator HAGEL", and "Governor RICHARDSON",
I could easily see any two of then as President, and Veep, and the other one slated for
Secretary of State.

Most Sincerely,

Donald W Keniston, AKAHonestABE 1314 Georgia Ave, Sheboygan, Wisc 53081
920 287-7863

Dec. 19 2010 01:43 PM
Roy Zanca

Amen, finally more and more people are catching on we have the group for all Americans big or small the Tea Party has it all. So thanks for promoting our values and thanks for Obama pulling Americans together to defeat his policies.

So we invite all your members to join us in 2011 which will be a great year year for America.

The Tea Party is a major blow for Freedom come join us.
Roy

Dec. 18 2010 04:29 PM
Bill Carpenter

Finally - A voice for the Non-Extremist: Can be Conservative leaning or Liberal leaning, but NOT to the Extreme.

May I suggest:

New Income Tax Bill:

ALL Income, without exception, to be taxed.
(Possible exception would be Military Retirement and V.A. Disabled)

ONE Deduction: $20,000.00 per Head of the Household! If you make $20,000 or Less, PAY NOTHING !!

Adjusted Gross Income: ALL US Citizens, regardless of amount earned, pays 7%. No more, No less

A Constitutional Amendment:
Both Houses of US Congress can serve no more than 12 Years (a combination of House and Senate, or all 12 years in one or the other)!

NO Retirement for Congress:
Members of Congresss MUST, RETROACTIVELY, wait until the SAME AGE as Social Security, and they Retire ONLY on Social Security or Privately Funded Investments.

NO Special Medical Plan for Congress:
Members of Congress will be on Medicare WHILE serving in Congress, then on The SAME choices available to ALL US Citizens, until they reach the age for enrolling in Medicare.

All Laws passed by Congress:
Have the SAME EFFECT on Members of Congress as they do on ALL US Citizens.

Congressional Salary:
Increased ONLY by the Average of the amount of Increase Congress passes for : US Military - US Government Employees - Minimum Wage - Social Security.

Thank you

Dec. 17 2010 01:05 PM
Elizabeth R. Hallett from Ashland, OR

American ingenuity and integrity at work! Thank you so much.!

Dec. 17 2010 12:41 PM
Gary from Stillwater, Oklahoma

I feel this is a solid idea well worth pursuing. The focus of "No Labels" is to be on the largest segment of Americans who are being left out of most discussions about the best solutions to the vexing problems of our time. However, those solutions will require "elite" minds (that's right, Mick from PA). I don't believe we can get people of that caliber to run for office without the support of an electorate from a movement like this. There are a few bright minds in Congress but most are puppets of special interests.

Dec. 16 2010 04:49 PM
ed speicher

i am all in favor of this movement...though i don't have faith that it could work.

there is just to much money involved..

don't give up !

Dec. 16 2010 01:50 PM
robert

I'm in,... where do I sign up...."The Coffiee Party" lost their fizzle. Let hope the silent majority finally get a powerful voice in this country. It's time for common sense, to finally prevail. In my travels in many conversations over many years, with many people, I find the silent majority is the rule of the land and common sense is out there. I want to help this movement anyway I can. Good luck to all of us, we will need it, let's hope that common sense will prevail and we will get rid of all this stupid corruption that's all around us in the name of money.

Peace.

Dec. 15 2010 03:18 AM
Jim Kelly

Truly this is some sort of a joke, This country has been partisan from day one, and I love it. What we need in my opinion is truthfulness from our political people that work for us. What we have now are people that wouldn't know the truth if it were to bit them.

Dec. 14 2010 09:43 PM
JB from Newbury Park, CA

Social programs, military programs,no taxes, inability to pay debt,cut taxes but increase military spending,better education but no money. I could go on but each side says they have the answer to our problems? Ha! moderation just might be a good alternative. I aplaued you.

Dec. 14 2010 06:15 PM
Brad Hill from Georgia

This is what love about America. The right to choose. No matter what the next person feels about your viewpoint you have the right to voice it and the right to believe how you choose to believe. I am in search of a new way of looking at politics. I have never been a traditional party person. I have voted for Ross Perot, George Bush the second time and Barack Obama. This diverse voting is not based on party but who I feel is talking about the issues at that time. My local voting habits are even worst. I believe it's time for America to add a new party. Even though I am not a Sarah Palin supporter. I am 100% behind the starting of the Tea Party. This is what America is about. I feel the time has come for the people to stand up and stop letting your congress men and women tell you what they are going to do and you start telling them what they need to do. Remind them who put them in office. It's time for politicians to start thinking about why they got elected and stand by their promises. I can go on and on, but the last thing I want to say is that we should talk badly about someone's political choices. I think we should be thankful they have an opinion it just shows we aren't all idiots.

Dec. 14 2010 04:50 PM
Rudolph from New Jersey

It is the Federal Govt and it's dependents that have always used LABELS and categories to divide and build power. The tactic is ubiquitous and growing yet it betrays American values.

Dec. 14 2010 04:40 PM
Diana from Arizona

So, many of you are saying No Labels are Democrats? Just like the Tea Party is Republican? I believe Charlie Crist is a Republican and isn't he involved in No Labels? I believe the No Labels is tired of the bickering in Washington, it is made up of Dems, Reps, and Indys! Anyone that can help the mess we find ourselves in after Bush and Obama, God Bless them!

Dec. 14 2010 04:27 PM
Mick from Pennsylvania

Yvonne, and other mindless ones, you say that you "refuse to identify with any labeled group and have for some time." Maybe, but when it comes time to vote, could you tell us which candidate you voter for? I'd be willing to wage a good sum that 9 out of 10 of you "enlightened ones" vote the Democrat Label. Take it to the bank!

Dec. 14 2010 03:59 PM
KRD from Indiana

I find it interesting how people try to bash this idea by using labels (Liberals Democrats etc) Their commentary reeks of fear. This is not Democrats rebranded it is Democrats who feel the party went to far left and Republicans who got ousted by the Tea Party. Most of the views expressed by No Labels are slightly Right of center. If the No Labels got elected to 15% of congressional seats they would jerk this country to the center is a short time. Neither the Left nor Right could do a thing without the No Labels. Coalitions would have to be formed. Centrists would be the victor. Really No Labels need only the Victory of the Tea Party to have a major effect on the madness.

Dec. 14 2010 03:53 PM
Federico Mier

WOW The Dream Team of Politics!!
Waiting to see their platform.
Hopefully it won't be a, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." type of scenario.

Dec. 14 2010 03:14 PM
Yvonne Eaton from Beaverton, OR

Finally a group of people who get it! Labels are a non-productive way of dividing a country that faces enough division. I am 100% in agreement with this movement. It's time to roll up our sleeves as Americans, get to work and stop acting like a bunch of children picking sides for a teams on a school yard.
I refuse to identify with any labeled group and have for some time. My color is beige, my religion non of your business and political view is AMERICAN.
Anyone for labels is simply afraid to speak their own mind. Many fought and died for our right to speak. My great-grandfather was one of them. And you don't have to belong to any group to speak your truth!
Is it really that unreasonable to strive for our society to judge one another simply on character? I believe a man once talked about a dream. He was brown, his religious views were his own and he was a great American.
Where can I sign up?

Dec. 14 2010 03:01 PM
republican-phobic from NC

I fear Republicans; it seems they act on hype, fear & pseudo-patriotism. Very scary. I see R's letting TV/Radio performers tell them how to think. One example of what I fear: David Stockman (Reagan's economist) said trickle-down economics does not work - do R's still believe it does? Then why give tax breaks to the wealthy? Each time we have a R president, the middle class loses! I want a "R" to explain how their policies (when not just saying "no") make sense - with good logic and historical reference. Will I get that here?

Dec. 14 2010 02:08 PM
Bill O from Illinois

Why not call it RE-LABE?. Everytime the left gets their butts kicked, as they did on 11/2, they no longer want to be called Democrats, liberals, etc. Now they want to be No Labels. Nice try. Every democrat I know became an Independent on 11/3/10.

Dec. 14 2010 02:02 PM
Jan from Lake Odessa, MI

I think this movement is terrific. Heard about it last night on the news. As one of the great American public tired of being labeled by both sides, sick of gridlock, sick of name calling like "liberal" or "right-wing" I am delighted to have a vehicle to have my views heard.

Our country was not founded as a two-party system. I am tired of the party being more important that working together for the good of all.

Dec. 14 2010 01:54 PM
Mick from pennsylvania

No Labels is just another attempt to present oneself as "above it all"....above the left and above the right. But just take a look at the characters who make up this supposed "new" movement. They are the left; the elitist left who cannot help but see themselves as "above it all"...above everybody else...more tolerant, more educated, more civil, more connected and in touch. In truth, more elitism but with a new name. PUKE!

Dec. 14 2010 12:25 PM
Jeff from fl

Liberals always have to hide themselves. Whether it's behind 'hope" or "change" or "fairness" or "the children" or now "no labels" they have to hide their evil socialist selves from the public.

Dec. 14 2010 12:24 PM
John from Atlanta

Let's see, compromise, an interesting word. Let's see how a compromise on this topic would wind up.

I am from Iran, in my country if my child shames the family, I can end the life of my child and there are no laws to punish me for this act.

In the US, there are definite laws on the books to punish anyone who should end the life of another human being unless it is the result of self defense.

I want the US to amend their laws so that I may follow my culture of being able to end the life of my child for shaming me and the family name.

Tell me, where is the compromise?

Dec. 14 2010 12:22 PM
Garry from Albany, Oregon

Count me IN! It is way past time for rational and pragmatic solutions to be put forward with force.

Dec. 14 2010 11:24 AM
ML Bergeest from Florida

I would really like to get rid of both parties, but since I doubt that will ever become a reality then perhaps this is a step in the right direction. But already the bickering is starting with the comment about who is a part of this group and therefore, they will never be. Whoever told you that you were going to like or agree with everybody? Can we just stay focused - for once? We need to tackle the big issues that this country is facing and we have to come together to do it. If however, some individuals who are in this group are there because they have no where else to go, and they see it as another way to gain political power to them I say, "if the principles of this group stays strong, you're out the door and if not, we are."

Dec. 14 2010 10:32 AM
D. Ziola

This movement is a hoax and a sham. It is liberals who see the tide turning against them in a big way and needing to change their clothes. Anyone buying into this is foolish and naive. Anyone with liberal leanings has nothing in common with a conservative. You either know we are in a crisis of deficit, or you are in denial and just want to keep getting more stuff. How do you bridge that gap? How do you bridge the gap of pro-life vs. pro choice? This is a dangerous joke trying to usurp the Tea Party which is far too smart to take the bait.

Dec. 14 2010 10:23 AM
Sherry Bailey from New Hampshire

After participating in the John Stewart "Rally to Restore Sanity", this sounds like an active next step. The extremists of both left and right shouldn't prevent pragmatic solutions to real problems in favor of idealism. it's time to simmer down and really think things through.

Dec. 14 2010 10:08 AM
Susan Bruce from New Hampshire

This group includes Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh. Any group that includes them automatically excludes me. There are no progressive thinkers involved - just the most tepid of right leaning types.

No Labels - No Thanks.

Dec. 14 2010 08:41 AM
Pam Williams from Portland Oregon

Our country deserves our
un-DIVIDED attention

We've started an Oregon Civility Project in my state

Dec. 14 2010 05:49 AM
Arthur levinson from San Diego, cs

Interested to know how you intend to proceed from an organizational point of view.

Dec. 13 2010 11:01 PM
jan grantham

God, would I ever love to put them both out of business! Go for it!

Dec. 13 2010 10:44 PM
Hager from Montana

Thanks for working to help our country solve problems rather than bickering over how to stay in power! Both parties need to work together for the good of our country!

Dec. 13 2010 09:53 PM
Mott from Cape cod

Great, keep it up, you have my support.
Why didnt you leave your web site on the news hour?

Dec. 13 2010 08:26 PM
Pablo Rose from St.Petersburg,Fl.

I strongly support Non Political Labels! I love the idea of having a third political party that works as a center political point, putting america firts! ,but we aware,'til we get right off lobbists that compromisse politicians's decisions, 'til we get right off politicians holdings theirs seats for 20,30,40years, until them, there will be no way that gov. would be for the american people.

Dec. 13 2010 01:58 PM
JT McGee from moreno valley ca.

its about time where do i sign up? the next thing we need to do is stop sending our money all over the world,even to our allies... next build a fence, electric would be nice with a ditch to get to the tunnels and fill it with water of cement,then i'll know they're serious....

Dec. 13 2010 01:55 PM
Paul Eckerson from Lincoln, NE

Here is a good place to start. Amend the constitution to stop all the lobbying and corruption. Here is how. Make it illegal to donate money to any elected official unless you are a registered voter in the area the representative running for election represents. Set a limit say $100 or so. Make all contributions be made by personal checking or personal credit card. Make all contributions on line and available to the public.
No foreign money, no corporate money no action groups, only from individuals. Let the lobbyists and corporations lobby the voters! Money corrupts the system of one person one vote as it gives the ones with money all the influence.

Dec. 13 2010 11:23 AM
Diana from VA

Anyone who thinks you have to hold extremist views one way or the other in order to think for yourself is delusional. It's about time we forced Congress to make compromises. That's what the rest of us sheep do every day. Allowing for opposing viewpoints doesn't make you weak, it makes you smart!

Dec. 13 2010 09:56 AM
Steve S. from TX

Sounds like 1984 redux. The so-called middle of the politicians in government still believe they know best.

Let's do away with names and call each other by a number or Twitter id. That is a no label world too.

If you have a strong belief - this movement is not for you! What this movement wants is sheep - not people.

Dec. 13 2010 08:58 AM
David Savela from Sebeka, MN U.S.A.

Doesn't sound like "We The People" yet.
Government isn't ready to empower we the people to represent ourselves and our country yet and i happen to know why too.
It's still government and all you other people.

Will we all ever really live and represent ourselves and our country in a collective, cooperative and productive such manor as one class of people under one umbrella or may government prohibit unity among us too?

Ask me what i think, theres a better way!
Email: davidjaysavela@yahoo.com

Cordially, David J. Savela

Dec. 13 2010 08:27 AM
Lisa Griffin from Eastview, KY

I sincerely hope this group can influence what's going on in Washington and make a real difference - doesn't seem like anyone else is/can.

Dec. 13 2010 07:49 AM
Joe Schulte

This group is forming at the exact right time , this country needs it !

Dec. 13 2010 07:29 AM

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