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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. Please check back for any changes as the process unfolds.) (last modified 09/20/20)

Thanks to all who voted in the mid-terms and the Democratic Party primaries. 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 2016 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 in safe Democratic districts has tended to obscure this fact. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat and Speaker of the House, is keenly aware of it.

The Plan for 2020: We have succeed in creating a divided government. This is a necessary first step. By dividing power between the two major parties, we can prevent the extreme elements of either party from wielding significant power.

Joe Biden was not the most centrist of the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. He was, however, the most centrist of the candidates that had a reasonable chance of securing the nomination. His success, so far, must be viewed as a hopeful sign for realistic centrists.

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

We definitely support the Biden-Harris ticket over the Trump-Pence choice. 

Having said that, we need to be mindful that the Democratic Party remains committed to some very far left positions. If they also take the Senate, in addition to the Presidency, we can expect them to revoke the filibuster rule and run the Senate by simple majority rule. We think that, in the long run, this is a mistake for either party to do, since inevitably party dominance will shift and legislation that lacks bipartisan support will be repealed leading to an unpredictable political and economic environment.

Our recommendation is to vote for Biden-Harris but also to support Republicans for the Senate. We do this reluctantly since so many Republican senators have failed to stand up to Trump in the last three and a half years. Nevertheless, the most important thing is that we retain a divided government with neither party in the position to act without at least some consent from the other party.

We realize that some of the Senate candidates that are being offered by the Republican Party are anything but centrists. Our recommendation is to vote for more centrist Republicans during the primaries of the next election cycle. For now, though the principal objective is to replace Trump with Biden without handing over complete control of the government to the Democratic Party. The best strategy for doing that is to vote Biden-Harris and support the Republican candidate for the Senate in your state.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg creates a challenge for centrists. The best solution, in our view, is for a few centrist leaning Republican Senators to refuse to fill the seat until after the inauguration of the President. In return, they need to extract a promise from a few centrist Democratic Senators that they will not support the elimination of the filibuster rule or the packing of the Supreme Court. Please let your Senators know that you support such a resolution.

On the issue of mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic, we believe that the case for doing so and even requiring mask wearing in indoor or close outdoor environments is sound. We do tend to lean libertarian in our views, but communicable diseases are a classic case of an externality (see Platform Philosophy or Environmental Protection for a full discussion). The known and potential unknown consequences of this novel virus seem to warrant the relatively mild infringement on personal freedom associated with having to wear a mask when we are indoors with others or unable to maintain a safe distance out doors.

On mail in voting, we feel that, given the pandemic, we should strive to allow as many people as possible to vote without having to stand in line at the polls. Nevertheless, it is important that we recognize that concerns about voter fraud are not trivial. In addition, it is important that the results of the election be determined in a reasonable period of time. We therefore support efforts to limit the time period in which mail in ballots can be counted and encourage everyone to request and cast their mail in ballots as soon as possible.

We can do this!

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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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