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Unhappy With Your Current Political Options?

 
Do you find it difficult to associate yourself with either of the two major political parties in the United States today? 

Are you uncomfortable with the extent to which the far right controls the Republican Party and the far left controls the Democratic Party? 

Do you often find yourself more comfortable with the Democratic Party on social issues and mainstream (as opposed to populist/economic nationalist) Republicans on economic and tax issues? 

Do you find some aspects of the libertarianism appealing but feel that the government should play a larger role than the libertarians support? 

Are you frustrated with the way the electoral process tends to present the independent voter with, at best, the lesser of two evils?

Are you dismayed by the Democrats antipathy for free markets and the tendency of the Republicans to be more pro-business and protectionist than pro-free market?

Are you upset by the willingness of both parties to hand out favors to special interest groups in return for money?

Are you frustrated with the inability of our elected officials to hammer out reasonable compromises? 

Are you afraid to vote for third party candidates because it will only succeed in electing the Party you like the least?

Do you feel that divided government may be best because you don't trust either party to govern responsibly?

If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, you may have found a new home with a centrist political organization made up of like minded people who want to see the political process work and who do not view themselves as fully liberal or fully conservative. 

Here's What to Do

Thanks to all who voted in the mid-terms. Centrist government will happen when elected officials expect that they have to appeal to the center rather than their base in order to get elected. This will only happen if centrists vote in large numbers. 

The Plan for 2020: We have succeed in creating a divided government. This is a necessary first step. At this point it appears unlikely that anyone can successfully challenge Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. Therefor we must concentrate on trying to get a centrist nominated by the Democrats. Our favorite at the moment is Michael Bloomberg. He could easily defeat Trump in the general election. His challenge is to get nominated by the Democrats. Please send him encouragement to run. It appears that he will make this choice in early 2019. If he runs and your state has open primaries vote for him in the Democratic Primary. If your state requires that you register as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary please do that as soon as possible.

What about Howard Schultz? Howard Schultz, the former head of Starbucks. says that he is contemplating a run for President as a centrist independent. He asserts that if the Democrats nominate a far left progressive, he can garner enough votes in the center to get a majority in the Electoral College. The unstated point here is that he does not believe he can accomplish this if the Democrats nominate a centrist. We would therefore expect him to drop out of the race in that event. Taking this argument at face value (I am sure it will be tested in polls) our recommended strategy is to vote for a centrist in the Democratic Primary. If the Democrats nominate a far left candidate and the polls validate Howard Schultz's assertion we recommend supporting him in the general election.

For those of you who for one reason or another cannot or will not vote in the Democratic primary the best option on the Republican side, at this point, is former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. He has announced that he will challenge Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. A fiscal conservative and social liberal (to the point of having run as the VP candidate on the Libertarian ticket) he is a great candidate from our point of view. He admits that his chances are slim but if you feel you must vote in the Republican primary (or if neither Bloomberg or any other moderate Democrat steps forward to run) by all means vote for Weld in the Republican primary in 2020.

We can do this!

Also:

Please read the Concept statement and review the Party's Platform. Let us know how you feel about the issues raised by clicking: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree, Not Sure, or Don't Care, at the end of each plank.

If you like the Concept and the Platform, please join the New Independent Party and add your voice to ours. The first task is to demonstrate that we constitute a powerful voting block.




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Join Other Centrist Groups

We are not in competition with other centrist groups and encourage you to seek out these groups and actively participate in them. Other groups that we are aware of include: No Labels, The Centrist Project, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Reformicon movement, Third Way, Level the Playing Field, Represent.Us, the Campaign Legal Center, and FairVote. If you are aware of other groups that should be included in this list please contact us and let us know.

 


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