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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 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 (This section will be continuously updated during the 2020 election process and the transition to a new administration. Please check back for any changes as the process unfolds.) (last modified 3/6/21)

Thanks to all who voted in the 2020 general election. 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 and when politicians realize that in order to get things done they have to compromise with the other side. This will only happen if centrists vote in large numbers. The results of the 2018 mid-terms clearly suggest that the Democrats were able to take control of the House by appealing to centrist voters in swing districts. The media-hyped successes of far left Democratic candidates, like AOC, in safe Democratic districts, have tended to obscure this fact. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, is keenly aware of it. It is important that Democrats realize that Biden won because he was the most acceptable candidate to moderate Democrats, Republicans and independents. The extent to which the Democrats lost ground in the House in 2020 was probably the result of the very public leftward tilt of the party during the primaries and the Democratic Convention.

The selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate was also an encouraging sign for realistic centrists. Our preference was Amy Klobuchar but Harris was more than acceptable. The most important thing was that he did not pick Elizabeth Warren. Again Harris is no centrist, but she is more reasonable than a number of the other potential choices.

We supported the Biden-Harris ticket over the Trump-Pence choice, and look forward to a more sane and predictable presidency. 

Having said that, we need to be mindful that the Democratic Party remains committed to some very far left positions.  The Democrats have taken the Senate. We can expect them to eventually revoke the filibuster rule and run the Senate by simple majority rule. In the long run, this is a mistake for either party to do. As party dominance shifts, legislation that lacks bipartisan support will be repealed, leading to an unpredictable political and economic environment.  

Even if they do not overturn the filibuster rule, there are many issues, including tax legislation, on which they only need a simple majority to rule. This is the way that Obama Care was passed without any Republican support.

There is little doubt that the reason why the Republican candidates lost the Senate run-off elections in Georgia is because of the behavior of Donald Trump. His unwillingness to accept the outcome of the presidential election and his insistence that other Republicans follow suit put the candidates in an untenable position. 

Now that the Democrats have taken control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate we hope that they will realize that this is  a mandate to govern responsibly and not a mandate for enacting a far left agenda. If they use the opportunity to govern in a centrist fashion, they might retain control of the federal government for the foreseeable future. If instead they push through a radical agenda, they will inevitably lose control of the legislature in two years and the presidency in four. This may well be a golden opportunity for the Democratic Party, and the country, if the Democrats have the self control to embrace it.

Republicans need to reject Trump and Trumpism and embrace center-right positions if they hope to regain power. It may well be the right moment for the Republican Party to split and form a new center-right party. Since such a party would lose the far right/populist part of the current Republican party, it must replace those voters with independents and moderate Democrats. If they do split, here are some suggestions about policy proposals that we think they should embrace if they want to grab the centrist/independent voter. 

Climate Change: Favor a carbon (greenhouse gas) tax combined with a tariff on the implicit carbon content of goods from countries without a similar carbon tax. Favor distributing the proceeds on a per capita basis until we are in economic recovery and then using them to reduce the deficit.

Abortion Rights, Marriage Equality, and Gun Rights: Accept the current Supreme Court Rulings on these issues as settled law.

On Law Enforcement and Justice Reform: Support federal programs to improve law enforcement practices to emphasize de-escalation practices and to allow more effective discipline of police practices. This probably means greater funding for police departments, not less. It also probably means less power on the part of police unions to protect rogue officers. Support reform of sentencing practices with the objective of reducing the rate of recidivism and the size of the prison population. 

On Trade: Support for multi-lateral free trade agreements that protect intellectual property rights and prevent government subsidies for favored industries. Favor aggressive federal support for retraining and relocation programs for workers adversely affected by trade agreements. 

On Immigration: America should be a global leader in humanitarian asylum. We should also make use of the global talent pool to enhance our economic competitiveness. This talent pool spans both the high-tech sector and low-skilled agricultural workers. We should provide a path to citizenship for the "Dreamers" and a path to legal residency for current undocumented families, with appropriate incentives to discourage future illegal immigration. We should also attempt to resolve the social issues in Central America that drive so many to seek entry into the U.S.



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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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