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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Centrist Beliefs

Who are American Centrists, and what do we often believe?

  • We are Republicans, we are Independents, and we are Democrats.
  • Like most Americans, we generally populate the center left and center right quadrants of the political spectrum.
  • If united in purpose, we can become our country’s most powerful force.
  • We are voices of reason. We are centered. We see a bigger picture.
  • We are not afraid to vote against our party on important issues of our day, when our conscience tells us that the party is on the wrong side of real progress.
Does that sound like you? Want to know more?
  • We understand that single-issue litmus testing is often the weapon of the self-interested, the often over-invested.
  • We do not fear the future. We learn from the past but do not yearn for it. Instead, we are inspired by the promise of tomorrow.
  • We understand that moving to a better tomorrow requires compromise during the process. That way, more can participate in building that better tomorrow.
  • We want debate, not to win, but rather to find best ideas and solutions, often formed through spirited conversations that inter-mingle issues and ideas from many sides, that when brought together, create better solutions.
  • We do not serve to glorify ourselves, our name, our family, or our own personal legacy. We serve our country, and all its citizens.
  • Narcissists are not welcome in our house. They will find no comfortable place or role here, nor should they be in positions of leadership in our nation.
  • We support candidates based on their demonstrated good character, and rational, collaborative approaches to solving society’s greatest issues. Such rational approaches must include effective listening and even compromise during debate. Inability to compromise stalls forward movement, harming all, the antithesis of good governing.
  • We dare to envision a profoundly different and better world for all. We believe that great change can occur. Great changes have occurred throughout time. We seek to bring about great change in this, our time; not to stand still or step backward.
  • We believe America to be that greatest beacon of liberty, of human rights, of cooperative government and goodness. Many of us believe that it is by this beacon that the world is moving to an extended time of peace.
  • All people, regardless of country, color or creed, want these things of which America is so proud - freedom, liberty, opportunity, hope. America’s promise has made it harder and harder for the cruel, the ruthless, the narcissists, the treacherous, to rule. The Soviet bloc is long dead. The Great Spring is upon the Middle East. The days of the ruthless are numbered. Our beacon of liberty and goodness must continue to brightly shine to show the way for all nations.
  • We understand that change is constant. Our world, our institutions, our thinking, must evolve in positive ways. The voices of reason must be loudest of all. Our voices must lead change. 

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