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Overview

Centrism is about taking a solid stand on strong principles. Centrism is not about compromise or moderation, it is considerate of them. Centrism is about achieving common sense solutions that fit current needs; ensure the public trust; serve the common good, and address short and long term needs. Fiscal and social responsibility balanced with personal responsibility and capacity tied to performance and progress.

Mission Statement

To achieve common sense solutions balancing economic realities and the needs of the people. To create a strong foundation for mainstream America that is not prone to undue influence from special interests or unfounded bias. To move away from character assassinations and toward solution oriented campaigns. To empower people, and the vote, with a strong position based on the strength of choice and the honor of well reasoned consideration. To formulate policies and solutions that regard short, medium and long term considerations at all levels.

Philosophical Overview

The Centrist Party supports candidates and public policies that enable the development of free enterprise, limited government and individual liberty, while protecting the common good, well being and the economy of the public at large. The party shall endeavor to provide a solid foundation for candidates who abide the platform tenets, reject special interests, and keep the common good of the public first and foremost in policy determinations.

The Centrist Party will endeavor to support candidates and legislation that provide reasonable and pragmatic solutions directed towards the public interest and the strength of the nation.

The Centrist Party (CP) opposes the abuse of government by representatives that offer legislation that is self-serving or intended to aid in re-election rather than support the public interest. The CP does not support candidates, propositions or policies that enable the agenda of special interest groups while sacrificing the common good of the general public and the national interest of the United States of America.

Economics

Free markets have important self regulatory qualities and government should act in a discretionary manner in order to actively stabilize the economy over the business cycle in order to enable healthier economic potential. Certain derivative markets, properly regulated, have illustrated such stabilizing effects in the 20th century. Monitoring market changes, regulation and capacity, in relation to supply, demand and resource capacity, provides a basis for longer term considerations.

Initiatives, Propositions and Policy

The Centrist Party supports initiatives and propositions that support its mission statement and goals, and will endorse or oppose such initiatives, propositions and policy based on these guidelines.

Government Reform

The Centrist Party is in favor of government and campaign reform with open primaries and redistricting rules devised and supervised by independent council.

Responsibility of Elected Officials

All elected officials have a responsibility to the public interest and the common good, not merely the good of those who voted for them. Common Sense in policy direction should be the rule.

Elected office is not to be taken advantage of for special interests. Campaign spin and promises should be the gauge of impeachment or recalls. Whistle-blowing regarding 'nefarious' deceit of any kind, by an elected official regarding intention and motive, regarding public issues shall be encouraged and protected.

Special Interest Groups

The Centrist Party is opposed to the 'undue' influence of special interest groups in the making of public policy. However, groups consist of the intentions of people and free speech is to be protected and respected. Industry PAC’s, unions, religious groups and extreme political ideology are all considered to be special interest groups. Separating undue influence of political campaigns and politicians is an important goal of the Centrist Party.

Candidate Endorsement

The Centrist Party may/shall endorse candidates that abide the tenets of the party and support the mission statement and goals of the party. Candidates must reject undue special interest influence and support the welfare of the public and national interest.

Candidates should have a track record of working with people of different political backgrounds and must be able to provide letters of recommendation vouching for said track record, or have a record of broad spectrum endorsements not egregiously tied to special interest influence.

Mainstream America

Our hope is reliant upon empowering the center. This gives Americans a more effective voice in government. Most Americans realize that our political system is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. Our nation needs leadership free of special interest control and long entrenched relationships. If we keep replacing leaders but never get around to fixing the systemic issues that allow corruption of the process. Putting new people in charge of a broken machine does not fix the machinery. We need checks and balances that are free of undue, or improper influence. We need political reform.

Apparently the only people that can accomplish this are the voters. We can't expect the foxes to guard the hen house and not raid the house when the desire becomes strong. The politicians can't fix this as easily as the people. But political awareness strong enough to make a difference is not as easy as that. People must drive the effort. In our increasingly busy lives it becomes harder to do so. Nevertheless, this is the task at hand, and it is up to us to take it on. The Centrist Party exists as a common sense guide, and organizational system in this effort.

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