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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 11/11/20)

Thanks to all who voted in the General Election for 2020. 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. If Biden wins in the Presidential election it is important that Democrats realize that he 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 his 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. 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.

In order for this to be avoided our recommendation is that centrist independents, Republicans and Democrats vote for the Republican senate candidates in the Georgia runoff elections. We do this reluctantly since so many Republican senators have failed to stand up to Trump in the last four years. We, also, don't find the Georgia Republican senators particularly appealing. 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. It is important to realize that the most import impact of a slim Republican majority in the senate is the empowerment of moderate Democrats in both the house and the senate. That is why we support the Republican senate candidates in Georgia.

If the Democrats take control of the presidency, the house, and the senate we hope that they will realize that this is 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 they have the self control to embrace it.

Conversely, if Republicans retain a majority in  the senate they should use it responsibly. They should resist radical proposals from the left but they should grant deference to the Administration on cabinet and judicial appointments. They should not try to prevent a Biden administration from achieving legislative victories, but they should seek to make sure that those victories are consistent with the centrist preferences of the vast majority of Americans. If they do not they will not hold their majority for long.


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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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