Last month a group of individuals launched a program called the “No Labels Movement.” The goal is not to create a third party and simply align with independent voters but to encourage bi-partisanship and accept members of all parties, democrats, republicans, and independents. Currently the project is small, with hopes of growing a much larger effort placing a central office and operation in each of the 435 Congressional districts nationwide. Members are invited to join weekly organizational and motivational speaking meetings via conference call.
Due to the recent and tragic event concerning the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and some of her constituents the movement has taken a statement against hyper-partisanship within the media, characterizing the sharp dichotomy between liberal and right wing media outlets as one of the main causes of action from individuals like Jared Lee Loughner.
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was the guest during the speaker portion of the No Labels call today. When asked whether he thought the media will moderate its typical vitriol and hyperpartisanship in lieu of the Gabby Gifford tragedy, Lieberman replied generally:
” There is a serious impact of violence in the media on children, there is a numbing relationship between violence on TV and in real life.” He hopes that there will be a shift in the way media handles and relays information to the public.
Lieberman fielded questions from the movements members for roughly 30 minutes about his relationship to Gifford’s and how to stop this fervent separation of parties. Lieberman noted that he only met the Congresswoman a few times but said was:
“civil, a decent and kind person, she took issues one by one based on what made sense for her district..she was an accessible listener.”
In closing remarks, Senator Lieberman noted that he respected Congressman John Boehner’s and Congressman Eric Cantor’s decision to place congress in a non-argumentative state this week and refraining from the repeal of health care proposal that the republicans had scheduled which was sure to be a stirring and partisan debate.