Simply put, if you compromise to create a policy solution between the right and the left, you end up with a policy solution that is compromised. Compromising reason to produce policy does not produce the best policy, it produces compromised policy. We should work hard not to compromise reason to satisfy moderation of the better, or best solution.
America is already Centrist.
A study by a Princeton research group surveyed public attitudes toward politics, the parties, and the idea of a Unity Ticket. The survey did not include a “Centrist Party” but certainly indicates the strong desire for one.
- 73% agree that “it would be a good idea for this country to have more choices in the 2008 election than just Republican and Democratic candidates.”
- 74% of Americans are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in this country. (Highest in 13 years).
Bringing together the best ideas and meeting in the middle
Many Republicans, Democrats and Independents believe Centrist views will allow America to achieve better solutions that work for the nation. The Centrist Party allows for a position not torn between partisanship and polarized agendas.
We need to break out of the two party system and build a bridge between bias and reason. The Centrist Party will span the distance between the left and the right, and address the scope of the nations needs from Americas mainstream point of view.
The Best Candidate
Americans no longer look for the best candidate for the presidency; they seek the one that is not the worst candidate. Putting the Centrist Party on the ballot will help but an independent candidate may be the best way to start.
Just think about how many Americans already support Centrist ideas. It makes sense!
The Problem of No Center
Imagine a fulcrum with no balancing point, it wouldn’t be much use.
The far left and right seem to oppose centrist candidates for drawing outside the party lines. The primary difference between Republicans and Democrats from Centrists is that Republicans and Democrats are strongly controlled by a defined platform stance, and centrists can take a stand on issues based on regional and cultural needs at the state and local level and weigh in on the national need as it relates to regional needs.
Looking at immediate needs weighed with future needs is essential in a reasoned approach.
By examining the entirety of an issue across the political spectrum one is able to devise solutions specific to the issue at hand and the needs of the region. This significantly increases the integrity of the positions and a candidates ability to support the issues. This ability serves the public need and opposes polarizing politics.
It also allows for new solutions to be developed that are not caught up in the special interest bias that currently drives campaigns and political policy. This conflict of interest between special interests and the needs of the people and the nation has created the spin machine tactics used by politicians and governance. It is expected that a corporation would spin towards its advantage. The people and the nation need a government that is independent of the corporate influence in order to make decisions that are designed to meet the needs of the people and the nation.
What are Centrists
Centrists are independent thinkers. They gauge situations based on context and reason, consideration and probability. They are open minded and exercise conviction. Willing to fight for reason as opposed to ideology.
- Ideology limits the capacity of reasoning
- Centrist conviction is not limited by ideology
- Reasoning is based on pragmatic reality and circumstance.
- Centrism is not a belief. It is an open book to an unfolding situation. This does not mean it is moderate, but that it is considerate of changing circumstances that may require reconsideration based on the intelligence available, and reason itself.
Centrists are independent
- Centrists argue based on reason and context to define relevance of a given point.
- Centrists tend to be pragmatic and avoid extremes whenever possible. Of course an extreme may be a required action so luckily Centrists tend to exercise reason in application.
- Centrists tend to dislike special interest influence and unfair practices. They don’t appreciate spin from candidates or news organizations.
- Centrists tend to believe that if we dealt with the facts and concentrated on working together we could fix a lot more problems than two polar opposite parties constantly embattled in their own agendas and ideologies.
- Centrists seek accountability in governance.
- Honor & Integrity – Centrists tend to believe that political spin erodes the integrity of the vote and certainly that of the politician.
- To honor the electorate candidates should be motivated by the strength of their reasoning and the wisdom to know that convictions are merely perspectives based on current understanding and circumstance; and that learning is key to future solutions.
- Honor in intention: means not just being honest, but to be honorable. Not just saying “I did” or “did not” say “that” but “I mean “this” or “that”. America is tired of being misled by politicians that handily word craft their way in and out of positions and rely on popularity polls to figure out what they need to say next, in order to pander to some special interest, or get more votes.
What Centrists Are Not
Centrists are not moderate.
Moderation has more in kind with compromise than working toward the best solution. The reality of modern politics is that compromise is the status quo. This leads to policy that is not based on pragmatism but rather on the needs of compromised points of view.
The goal is not compromise, but rather pragmatism based on reasonable considerations, short and long-term. In other words, decisions and policies based on the best answer, not the compromise between two flawed perspectives that are ideologically opposed.
When necessary, compromise, but fight for reason and present the case to bring others closer to the most pragmatic solution or policy.
Source – The Centrist Party - http://uscentrist.org/