There is a little room for moderates in the Democratic party, and almost no room for moderates in the Republican party.
That is a gross and naive misrepresentation. Trump is not a moderate, at least on the surface. The policies he’s put forth, though, have been somewhat moderate. However, the only moderates in real life that I know are republican or are starting to lean republican.
My views are best represented by the libertarian left. But there’s no representation in the Democratic Party for any kind of fiscal libertarianism. Now, the republicans are starting to adopt a more laissez faire position to social issues.
I can have a rational discussion with conservatives about gay rights and my stance on adopting a less interventionist military policy.
However, no one that is on the left in my circle of friends can have a rational discussion about Trump’s tax bill, strict immigration enforcement, or gun rights.
Every conservative friend I have supports the rights of gays to get married. Some of them are even atheist.
No Democrat friend I have supports an artists right to turn down a custom job that offends his conscience when that artist happens to be Christian and White.
I find conservatives more open to discussing ideas and less likely to take offense if you have a different point of view.
You really need to sit down and try to have a friendly chat with a republican, Lee.