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The Centrist Party Platform

Policy Perspectives & Positions

July 4, 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ––– September 17, 1787: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare…” ––– March 4, 1789: “…to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government…”

The Centrist Party (CP)

Defining Terms

Usage of these terms is based on root meanings, less rhetorical notions.

  • Centrist means: Evidence based well reasoned policy
  • Conservative means: Conserve/Preserve, do not waste
  • Liberal means: given or provided in a generous and openhanded way
  • Libertarian means: Focused on ‘personal/business’ liberties
  • Progressive means: Addressing change factors and needs
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Centrist Party Platform Framework

Economy:

Protect capitalism and the ‘American Dream’ by ensuring anti-monopoly structuring enables fair competition in Americas markets. Protect intellectual property rights. Competition does two things: 1. It drives quality up and 2. It drives prices down. Create full transparency in the marketplace via SEC & regulatory requirements. [More]

Education

A stronger Public Education system is needed to enable access to the American Dream. Studies already demonstrate that the negatives of Charter School implementation far outweigh any positives that are promoted. Current technology/methodology can greatly improve public education as the primary source of American education. [More]

Energy

Driving toward safe sustainable energy is the best way to keep America Strong. Moving away from fossil fuels and moving to fuel cells, small scale nuclear, wind, solar and hydro becoming increasingly adoptable and thus market available. [More]

Environment

Address Global Warming threats. Reduce fossil fuels, increase air, water and soil safety. Direct policy to increase economic safety short and long term. Clean up plastic issues and regulate for the safety and security of America’s health and the prosperity of our citizens. [More]

Healthcare

Equitable health system regulation is required. Unhealthy people means an unhealthy nation. Americas agriculture and food needs to be safe to protect our nation, people, and our economy. The dis-ease care system also needs to address our medical needs in a just and affordable manner. Affordability  and quality are key issues. [More]

Political Reform

Separation of powers and influence. The purpose of government is to serve the needs of the nation and the people. Getting the money out of politics is of primary concern. Until we can change the rules, we must work with them to achieve greater honor and integrity of the American System. The CP supports America and Americans, not demagogues. [More]

Security

National security means local and international efforts to increase security. That means America’s government of, for, and by the people needs to be involved around the world, and at home, to ensure we protect “the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. The CP supports our ‘Republican Democracy’. [More]

Getting at the roots of a given problem.

Fixing the soil & eliminating the root rot.

The Centrist Party (CP) Platform is designed to aim at the roots of a problem. CP is not about putting bandaids on cancers unless in an emergency situation. Repairing the root causes of a problem will likely net the best and least expensive solution for taxpayers. This in turn will reduce the costs and risks caused by swamp rat cancers.

Not everyone will agree on everything.

Evidence & Reason

CP recognizes it is not possible for everyone to agree on everything. It is important that Centrists don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater though. Regardless of our individual beliefs, we need to support policies that support the rights of individuals, regions, states in accordance with the spirit and intentions of our founders.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution outlined our ideals and the purpose of government. The CP respects and reflects that spirit. Thus, The Centrist Party Platform is designed to support the protection of the individual rights of people under law, AND justice for those that act against the law and the nation.

The science, philosophy and history behind the Centrist Platform

Protecting America Now & in the Future

Importantly/Additionally: The platform considers primarily the safety of the United States of America and its citizens. To do this well we apply systems science (Living Systems Theory) and the socratic method. This includes but is not limited to our platform principle methods:

  • Short and long term considerations (weighted accordingly)
  • Impact of changes in policy
  • The law of unintended consequences
  • The Precautionary Principle
  • The Peter Principle
  • The Dunning/Kruger Effect
  • The Tragedy of the Commons
  • Voltaire: ‘The perfect is the enemy of the good’
  • Living Systems Theory
  • Facts out of context are not/least/less likely to represent reality

The platform system is designed to provide a foundation for principled approaches in promoting and achieving healthy governance to protect the citizens and the nation.

Platform Evolution

Objective Analysis

This platform is based on current perspectives and evidence. As needs change and evidence improves adjustments will be made. Changes will always be made based on the strength of evidence and reason inline with the principles of teh Centrist Party. These principles are outlined in line the ‘The Centrist Manifesto’, the mission statement and our platform goals. More issues may be added and/or adjusted as needed based on the needs of the United States and our citizens in accord with the tenets and principles of the Centrist Party.

The CP position in the ideological perspective expressed in the following two venn diagrams:

The Centrist Party Position
The Centrist Party Position in a Venn Diagram

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Centrist Party Platform Foundation

Key Parameters of the Basis of the Centrist Party Platform:

    1. Evidence
    2. Reason
    3. Logic

Last but not least all of the above must be weighed with the values and principles of what ‘The Founding Fathers’ and ‘We The People’ can most easily agree are the the values and principles we all should strive for to make and keep America a great country. All of these are important:

    1. Honor
    2. Duty
    3. Morality
    4. Ethics
    5. Fairness
    6. Justice
    7. Pragmatism

NOTE:

The following platform planks are subject to improvement based on the above parameters. Our goal is to weigh the Socratic method with the above principles. That is the basis for the Centrist Platform as it stands and as it develops. Fiscal and social responsibility are primary concerns combined with national security.

Article 2, Section 4

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

When a president, or elected officials of the Nation and States foment, support, encourage insurrection against the United States and its Constitution, or any State of the Union: The CP supports removing seditious and treasonous politicians from office.

Article II. Section. 4.

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Points of Focus:

‘High Crimes & Misdemeanors’ is a legal term established in British Law that our founding fathers adopted because its precedent is ‘breach of public trust’. The indicated intention was to have a term that was ambiguous in order to ensure that it can be applied to a politician, even when there was no clear or actual crime. Its use in British Law and the adoption of the Founders into the U.S. Constitution clearly supports the idea our Founders wanted to make sure we can remove politicians that are disingenuous and show demonstrable bad intent toward the Constitutional protections of the nation and of the People.

  • In other words, and CP supports:
    • Removal from office for breaches of the public trust that are demonstrable in evidence, intent & purpose.

1st Amendment: Conservative/Progressive

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

When a president sends unidentified police forces to randomly arrest individuals and attack and arrest members of the press we need to remind ourselves. The CP supports the 1st Amendment:

1st Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Points of Focus:
  • In other words, and CP supports:

    • Citizens rights to free and peacefully petition the Government
    • Freedom of the Press
    • No Law respecting the establishment of religion

    Think about it. DO YOU want someone to tell you which church you ‘must’ go to, or what to believe? Or even if you have to go to church or not? What if you’re a Protestant and the government determines the only valid Christian church is Catholic, or ANY other religion. Is that what you want?

    Now think about what the 1st Amendment is NOT. It is not a free license to foment violence. Nor is it a free license to say anything you want to anyone. It is not a free license to lie, cheat, mislead, or commit fraud. It definitely IS NOT a right to attack the capital of the United States. It’s not even a free license to walk into a retail store and throw a bunch of medical masks on the floor just because you don’t understand epidemiology and the risks of deadly or dangerous aerosolized pathogens.  Generally speaking it is not a free license to say or do anything you want just because you want to.

    Now, think about it again. The 1st Amendment is a guideline to enable you to peacefully address concerns and not be prevented from doing so by your State or the Federal government. It is also designed to help ensure the Republic by enabling and protecting freedom of the press. That’s a good thing.

The 2nd Amendment (Gun Rights): Conservative/Progressive

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.
In accordance with the Constitution of the United States, all states should empower an official State Militia licensing system in order to ensure legal and safe gun ownership in their respective States. The Constitution does not support unregulated non-State sanctioned militias.
The 2nd Amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Points of Focus:
  • “A well regulated Militia”
  • “security of a free State”
  • “right of the people to keep and bear Arms”

Let’s add this up. In order to secure the freedom of the States, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, and each State shall have a “well regulated Militia” “necessary to the security of a free State”.

The 2nd Amendment…

…was clearly designed by the founders with the aim to form a ‘balance of power’ between the States and the Federal Republic. This was to protect the States from federal republican dominance and authoritarian rule. It was clearly NOT intended to empower ‘individuals’, or ‘private groups’, to rebel against the Federal government, nor was it designed to support group or private ownership of “Arms”.

Simply put: State regulated militias would be much safer than armed random citizens that might be having a bad day; or private militias that rely on lack of regulation to operate in secret or underground, and act as if they are above the law. 

It is important to understand that the focus of the 2nd Amendment is to protect the States from Federal overreach. Private militias are not State approved or regulated and thus are not entitled to the protection of the 2nd Amendment.

To reiterate:

The 2nd Amendment is NOT an empowerment for individuals or private groups to attack the Federal Republican government or State governments; that is the job of the States. Citizen protests against the federal government are what the 1st Amendment is for.

The 1st Amendment protects the rights of the press and citizens: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” That is a right to ‘peacefully’ protest, to and about the government without the Federal government silencing you.

The 2nd Amendment is designed to support a ‘balance of power’ between the states and the national government to prevent takeover or infringement of States by the Federal Republic. Basic civics: We the people live in States, and the States have a contract with the United States of America. It’s called the Constitution. American citizens need to respect and abide that contract.

Making it work for all Americans

  • CP embraces the 2nd Amendment in FULL, as it is written and clearly intended by the founders and as read in order to protect the people from unnecessary violence:
  • Federal shall support the States’ right to enable and regulate a State Militia
  • States must utilize military grade code regulation for weapon ownership
  • In accordance with the 2nd Amendment: No Private Militias will be allowed
  • All State Militia members must undergo background checks
  • All State Militia members must report for regular training
  • All State Militia members are subject to the law of the land
  • It shall be illegal for any private militia, group or individual to invade or threaten State government
  • All States should examine the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) for regulatory guidance
  • States shall have the right to set age requirements in accord with regional context
  • The sale, purchase, distribution, ownership or possession of functional automatic weapons, or weapons that can easily be made functional, is prohibited with the exception of active duty police officers
  • The sale, purchase, possession, or distribution of conversion kits that enable automatic function shall be illegal
  • It shall be illegal to impersonate state licensed Militia members
  • Individuals must be a member of the State Militia to purchase or own firearms
Note:

This platform plank outlines the general foundation and reasoning for a common sense solution that adheres to the Constitution and enables States to properly regulate the ownership of “Arms”. Since there is no perfect solution this plank is subject to being updated if The Centrist Party finds a better way to ensure citizen safety and States rights in relation to Federal rights.

14th Amendment​: Section 3.

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

25th Amendment​: Section 1.

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

The Constitution of the United States says the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged. Abridged means shortened. In the context of English this means to not be cut off short. That means the government needs to make it easier and safer to vote. It does not mean make it harder.

25th Amendment: Section 1.

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude–”

Points of Focus:

In light of the fact that American voters very rarely commit any form of intentional voter fraud, one has to wonder about the logic of making it harder to vote.. Point of fact voter fraud in relation to the voting population is only a tiny fraction of the voting public. You can safely say it is infinitesimally small.

A conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation examined Fraud in recent elections in America. They found 1,340 Proven instances of voter fraud. For that their were 1,152 criminal convictions.

There were 158 million votes in the 2020 election. That means that the voter fraud was 0.00085% 

There was no significant voter fraud. 1 person out ov every 117,910 is not ‘massive’ it’s a relatively tiny amount.

 

Anti-Corruption:

The Centrist Party is anti-corruption. There is a difference between saying we are against corruption and actually being against corruption. Our goal is to not only be against illegal means of corruption but to root out legalized corruption that has infiltrated our legislation. All policy must be directed to the purpose of the U.S. Constitution, that is to protect the United States and the American People.

Points of Focus:

Corruption has infiltrated our governance at the legislative level. Undue influence from special interests and politicians beholden to those interests have allowed corruption to be legalized. This is unacceptable.

A corrupt system of governance results in a weaker nation. A less great nation. Separation of business and government is required. It is not governments job to protect the businesses with the most money; especially when money is made by buying politicians through influence campaigns. The CP will work toward reducing these corrupt influences so that business can get back to capitalism and government can get back to governing the interests of the people and the nation.

Where corruption has infiltrated the rules of governance in opposition to the needs of the nation and the people it is up to all of us to oppose said corruption. There are many cases that demonstrate how such corruption can erode or degrade the short and long term interests of the people and the nation. Anti-trust violation on scale weakens the capital system to favor a ‘corporate’ system.

The Centrist Party is Pro-Captalism. We are NOT anti-corporation. However, the Party is Anti-Corruption in order to reduce undue corporate influence, and strenghten the American Dream.

There is nothing in the Constitution about protecting corporations; and corporations are NOT people. That is an example of a corruption that has been allowed to become law. The Centrist Party will work to undue corruption that interferes with the purpose and intent of the Constitutional responsibility of our government to protect the nation and the people.

When corporate influence campaigns are against the needs of the nation and the people considered together, then governance needs to support the Constitutional obligation of protecting the needs of the people and the nation. In such instances the Constitutional interest must supersede that of the corporate interest.

There are also times when government needs to support corporate interest if such interest positively effects the Constitutional obligation in the short and/or long run. As always, applying the Socratic method carefully and deliberately in consideration of evidence and potential outcomes shall remain the guiding principle of the Centrist Party.

Pro-Capitalism

Capitalism without corruption is the most efficient market means to balance price to supply and demand. However, it is a mistake to believe capitalism must be without regulation. Markets exist to serve needs and wants. Over exploitation of markets creates market imbalances and can even destroy markets. Markets exist to serve customers from distributors of ‘goods and services’. Thus, supporting properly regulated resources and market mechanisms also supports fair, sustainable markets and healthy competition.
Points of Focus:

Capitalism

Webster defines capitalism as:

an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state: an era of free-market capitalism | private ownership is a key feature of capitalism.

Many confuse capitalism with corruption. Remember capitalism has to do with private ownership and honest business between people and companies. Corruption is about ‘dishonesty and illegal behavior’ (trickery fraud and manipulation). The Centrist Party is Pro-Capitalism and Anti-Corruption. Capitalism enables fair competition under the umbrella of law and regulation. Capitalism also is much faster than government at adjusting to market changes.

  • Vital resources must be protected from resource depletion in order to sustain such markets.
  • Regulation in emergency and disasters is required to prevent price gouging.
  • Market sustainability is required to prevent the collapse of markets.
  • Capital markets operate best when transparent.
  • SEC regulation must strongly support
  • Fraud and corruption weakens markets are does not serve the purpose of the fair trade of goods and services.

Capitalism often gets a bad rap because of the misbehavior of corporations and liberal rhetoric. Corporatism, which refers to the notion of holding the good of the corporation above that of the nation or the people and even above the rationality of capitalism. That can do serious harm. The enabling of corporate lobbying enhances that risk. Damage to markets, damage to resource capacity, damage to the environment to the detriment of the nation and the people can all result form inappropriate management of corporate wishes and desires.

However, capitalism without appropriate regulation risks a tragedy of the commons. Capitalism without any restraints also risks antitrust issues that have short and long term risk factors. A market with no restraints of any kind feeds oligarchy and plutocracy and corporatism. Balance is the goal to produce healthy sustainable markets.

  • CP supports regulation to reduce antitrust issues
  • CP supports regulation to reduce anticompetitive issues
  • CP supports appropriately regulated sustainable capitalism
  • CP supports sustainable transparent markets structures

CP is against market imbalances that lead to corporate hegemony. Keep in mind that capitalism is the best system to help react to market changes. Unchecked (unregulated) capitalism however can lead to market imbalances and market resource destruction, which can  contribute to unhealthy market systems in relation to their surrounding systems. Sustainability in markets is important, and thus the policy recommendations above seem to be the most reasonable in context to the problems we all face.

Also note, that in emergency events, such as earthquakes and pandemics. Price controls are required. THIS is not anti-capitalism, it is anti-opportunism. In the event of an emergency in America, it is traditional for us all to work tougher to get through the situation. It is unfair if not immoral to take advantage of those that are thrust into an emergency to profit and prey upon the misfortune of others. Thus the CP supports the relative health and safety of The People of the United States of America.

We all participate in Capital Markets

We all buy products. Sometimes we sell products. People go to work to provide capital services. People hopefully get paid appropriately for their work. It’s important to know what capital is with regard to capitalism.

capital

 noun (1)

Definition of capital (Entry 2 of 3)

1a(1): a stock (see STOCK entry 1 sense 1a) of accumulated goods especially at a specified time and in contrast to income received during a specified periodalso : the value of these accumulated goods
(2): accumulated goods devoted to the production of other goods
(3): accumulated possessions calculated to bring in incomeset capital and land and labor to work— G. B. Shaw— see also VENTURE CAPITAL
b(1): net worth : excess of assets over liabilities
c: persons holding capital : capitalists considered as a group
d: ADVANTAGE, GAINmake capital of the situation
e: a store or supply of useful assets or advantages wasted their political capital on an unpopular causewrote from the capital of his emotionally desolate boyhood— E. L. Doctorow— see also HUMAN CAPITAL

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So, we can see that capital has to do with the goods. But look at definition ‘(3) e:‘. This references ‘Human Capital’. This is actually a very important point that somehow ended up at the end of the list.

Also, it’s important to point out that in the definition of Capitalism, we see that private ownership is prominent. This is the factor that increases and inspires motivation to compete in order to profit. It is that competition, that in non corrupt, or less corrupt markets, enables market efficiency.

What we see since Buckley v. Valeo, is the continued corruption of markets via political and monopolistic means.

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Cryptocurrency

Private (non-government) cryptocurrency increases crime and fraud, and can destabilize national monetary systems. Utilization of crypto must be established and regulated via the Federal Reserve and Treasury of the United States of America. Ensuring a relatively safe, stable medium of exchange that reduces fraud and criminal behavior in the goal. Global Central Banks are already discussing a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency).

Points of Focus:

Alternative to Cryptocurrency

Simply apply blockchain security technology to existing monetary transactions.

In other words, as of now, it might not be advantagious, or it might be premature to developing.adopting cryptocurrency as a key medium of exchange. At this time there is no ‘significant’ advantage to creating an entirely new medium of exchange.

There may be a possible advantage if all transactions are tracable but loss risk to individuals would remain high if said currency is not registered properly in financial institutions. Thus, the central banks need to strongly consider accoutability and integrity of the currency in order to ensure viable use as a medium of exchange. Risks need to be carefully assessed.

Note: It is possible at CBDC currency, if robust enough, can reduce crime by ensuring tracibility of transactions. 

NGC = Non-Governmental Currency
CBDC = Central Bank Digital Currency

Cryptocurrency

NGC cryptocurrency is privately owned and controlled/uncontrolled intermediate fiat with multiple risk factors. It undermines national currencies. It enables individual, and criminal organizations to rapidly transfer funds, and it enables bad actor states to do large scale disruption through multiple types of influence. It’s risk factors include, it is largely/complete unprotected currency unsupported by nation state financial guaranties; if you lose your password to your currency, you lose your money; if your hard drive becomes corrupted, you lose your money; if someone robs your house and takes your drive, you lose your money; if you have a fire and your drive is destroyed, you lose your money; if your drive accidentally gets erased, you lose your money; if a natural phenomena occurs that disrupts drive function, you lose your money; if your drives experiences an unrecoverable file allocation error you lose your money.

  • Analysis of crypto NGC shows it is mostly used for criminals and as a trading instrument.
    • Thus, crypto NGC mainly extracts/limits economic flow of currency.
    • NGC crypto on scale does not add to the economy.
    • NGC crypto mainly extracts real dollars from economic flow.
  • Cryptocurrency is a fiat that is not backed by Nation States.
  • If countries adopt cryptocurrency, there is a large risk to their national currencies.

NGC Crypto Issues:

  • For individuals, to lose a bitcoin wallet simply means to lose all your money. For example, let’s say you  ‘lose’ your hard drive where your bitcoin wallet is…, or let’s say the drive just becomes corrupted, which happens…, well, you just lost your money.
  • Generally bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general is a dangerous proposition. It is a way however to hand more power and money over to criminals and corporations. In other words, it’s really just a way to support the swamp rather than secure our monetary system.
  • NGC crypto currency that is not State guarantied.
  • Essentially NGC crypto is pure fantasy. It represents no hard value other than it’s assumed value.
  • The NGC crypto bubble is more dangerous than the Tulip bubble.
  • Even a CBDC can increase currency destabilization if not established in a secure manner to value.
    • Example: Let’s say you can put CBDC money on a thumb drive. Imagine you’re a CEO and need to bring 100 million over to another company. You crash your car on the way. The car catches fire. You and your crypto wallet burn up in the fire. What board of Directors would approve such a action/transaction?
    • Already millions upon millions of NCG crypto dollars have been lost, destroyed or hacked. IT is a very dangerous way to move money.
    • Thus, even with CBDC, combined with bankruptcy laws,  the costs of such an apparently foolish endeavor would be externalized to the State, and thus to the taxpayers.
  • The ONLY area of ‘non-risk’ for NGC cryptocurrencies are the brokers of currency who continually extract profit from the system via transactions. IN other words, the banks and investment trading firms. Such monetary accumulation is minimally productive and largely extractive. In this sense it is a negative for an economy overall. Removes capital from productive economic flow where only brokers benefit (Remember, trickle down economics has already proven to be mythic in nature and thus insufficiently helpful to economic function).

Generally speaking, the rhetoric about how great NGC cryptocurrency is ignores how terrible an idea it is. From increased crime and fraud to the ability to fund terrorism or secrety fund a coup, the risks are many. And the very idea that it consumes massive amounts of energy to mine bitcoin should tell you more than you need to know. NGC crypto risks are many while proclaimed benefits can be achieved my other means. Some claims are based on a fantasy and NGC cyrpto is a highly unstable form on monetary exchange.

Depoliticizing Our Military

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

Our stance, forged by common sense and the intent of our forefathers, relies upon the military’s focus on the non-political mission: Protect the Nation and its People by defending ‘The Constitution’. The military must never be used for political or self-serving purposes; this is below the dignity of our armed forces. With this in mind, the Centrist Party actively supports the role of our service-members and their self-sacrifice outside the boundaries of our political system. America is best served when politics are left behind when the uniform of the day is worn.

The Military Oath of Service

“I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Points of Focus:

The purpose of the US military is to support the State mission; meaning the mission of the United States of America.

That mission is defined in the US Constitution. Protect America by defending the Constitution. The deeper meaning of this mission is to protect American Citizens and American Interests. That also means protecting the ‘United’ States.

Other aspects of that mission include projecting power so as to maintain power balance and promote stability in the geopolitical sphere.

This is by design to maintain peace and stability. When conflict does occur and America becomes involved, the purpose is the same. The goal is to return to peace and stability. Deterring authoritarian States is essential to that mission and can be done by diplomatic means as well as sanctions. The use of military force should always be a last resort measure.

In the age or terrorism and cyber-terrorism, a new dynamic has been introduced to balance of power and warfare. This is a threat matrix that needs its own attention sphere and our government has developed new force structures to identify and deal with such treats.

No matter how you see this personally, please know that our military has a job to do and our military service members are critical to that mission. Our thanks and our support for that mission remains to honor those that honor us, and our country, with their commitment to duty and country.

Education

The CP supports public education. Studies show that in most cases there is no significant advantage to Charters Schools and many negative outcomes/results/impacts. Generally the operation of Charter Schools is used to hide data that should be public. This is a disservice to the public and the country. They tend to use sophisticated methods to hide their expenses and in doing so tend to hide the amount of money and support students receive. Specifically, the CP supports continued development and deployment of the TLC/PATH system in education.

Points of Focus:

Criticism of Charter Schools: “Charter schools are not public schools.”

Claim by Charter Schools: “As defined in federal and state law, charter schools are public schools.”

  • Most charter schools are privately owned by a private company or private trust. Also, private Education Management Organizations (EMO) are often involved. It is also common that teachers are ‘private employees’ of the EMO that are leased to the school.
  • In charter schools managed by EMO’s many key decisions are made out of State. Public schools are subject to transparency laws. Charter schools and their private operators generally resist/refuse to share information and data regarding public requests.
  • In other words, charter schools generally claim to be public schools but use layers of corporate and private veils to mask and hide data, while utilizing public taxpayer money to fund their operations while masking or hiding profits.

This is only one argument regarding charter school propaganda, out of 21 arguments charter schools use that are not supported by objective evidence.

 

Reference Links:

  1. U.S. Department of Education NCES 2006-460: A Closer Look at Charter Schools
  2. Evaluation of the Public Charter Schools Program
  3. Separating Fact & Fiction: Western Michigan Univ.; Univ. of Colorado Boulder
  4. TLC/PATH: The Learning Center/Progressive Approach to Teaching Habilitation

Foreign Policy

To build and sustain a fair and just democratic world, so as to promote peace and sustainable commerce that protects foundational freedoms as provided in the principles and values of the Untied States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. To safeguard American interests through the State Mission by engaging with our international neighbors to achieve these ends.

  • CP supports power-balancing considering short and long term impacts, stability and security.
  • CP supports the development and stability of republican democracies
  • CP supports to the best of our ability: honor and duty to moral and ethical principles and values.
Points of Focus

It is important for people to understand that the State mission abroad is key to success in achieving security at home. As history has shown, without strong understanding, and strong relationships, and support for Republican Democracy, dictatorial authoritarianism can take deeper root and grow. Allowing that to happen reduces American influence and power toward upholding the principles of the founding purpose of the United States.

The Declaration of Independence clearly outlined our goal. To be free and independent of authoritarian or dictatorial rule.

In the case of US foreign policy, one must address international issues that can impact America in the short and long term. 

Market Transparency

The CP supports a simple and transparent financial reporting for quarterly and annual reports in order to ensure that investors in public companies are seeing an honest representation of value. Capitalism requires market transparency to function well. There have been too many instances where corporations were able to mask debt in order to represent themselves as more profitable than they actually were.

Net Neutrality

CP Supports Net Neutrality and establishing the internet as a utility. The internet has become a critical aspect of communications and information infrastructure. Nearly every aspect of American business, education and interaction relies on the internet. It is well established that bad actors use the internet for criminal and fraudulent behavior. Thus, to protect America and our citizens, access to the internet and its usage requires an appropriate degree of regulation.

Prison Reform

America has the highest prison population per capita on Earth. Imprisoning people MUST NOT BE FOR PROFIT. It needs to be an expense. Private ‘for profit’ prisons have no incentive to reduce prison population or prevent a return to prison. They make more money by having more people in prison, not fewer. With imprisonment as an expense States, Counties, Cities and regions are incentivized to create a better, more educated, more civilized society.

Points of Focus:
  1. CP supports ending for profit prisons
  2. CP supports strong efforts to reduce recidivism rates
  3. CP supports policies that reduce crime and incarceration
  4. CP supports better separation of social issues and injurious crime
  5. CP supports a focus on education and job training.
  6. CP supports a greater focus on reintegration
  7. CP supports restoration of voting rights once sentence is served.
  8. CP supports all prisons become strong education centers
Unless the crime is serious enough to warrant life sentences, people that go to prison will be released from prison. Thus, prison time must be used for education and reform. This benefits society, the individual and the economy. Anything less is a tax burden on society in both societal health and direct costs in policing, courts and incarceration. Reducing crime reduces costs and builds better, stronger communities. Safer more secure communities are the goal.
Also, we need to consider the difference between personal social issues and crime that does harm. These two types of behavior may/should have different remedies.
Better education for all of America’s students reduces the likelihood of criminal activity and produces a stronger economy.[4] A stronger and more fair economy benefits all and enables a more just society. Stopping the profit motive in prisons is key to this strategy.

We have the technology and ability to achieve better state and federal prison systems that lowers costs and contribute to society. Let’s do that. 

Additional Analysis

In studies since 1991, we note that direct costs were assessed. In a 1996 GAO analysis[5] the costs in the study in question showed similar costs in daily costs and “could not draw any conclusions about cost savings or quality of service”. Mixed results and limited scope prevented significant differentiation. However this could easily be considered too narrow a study. Quality of care was considered but loosely defined. That study stated sufficient data were not available but noted that one private facility indicated a reduced recidivism. Based on the scope of other studies two conclusions arise. 

  1. Additional wider scope studies would help define cost and recidivism; and 
  2. A focused comparative analysis including education and vocational training would help in understanding differences in longitudinal cost benefit analysis. 

Also, In a 2010 analysis, direct costs were examined. But long term costs of recidivism and crime were not quantified into the assessment. Studies regarding family disorganization theory and education as well as vocational training indicate that blue collar criminal violations are reduced as education and vocational training is increased. Interestingly, while collar crime increases with level of education.[6]  

A 2020 UCSD study showed that while “government spending on education increased by a factor of 1.2 from 1980 to 2005 spending on police and law enforcement increased by a factor of 1.5”[7]    Another 2020 study showed that increasing education and vocational training reduces blue collar crime. At the same time it is notable that ethics education needs to be increased as some data shows that increased education can contribute to an increase in white color crime.  

[1] DOJ: PRISON REFORM: REDUCING RECIDIVISM BY STRENGTHENING THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS

https://www.justice.gov/archives/prison-reform

[2] 2013 Rand: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education

[3] Reisman J.,  Schmidt L., Provvedini A., and Chamberlain M. “School 2000 – The Learning Center” University of the World, 1992

[4] Gordon, Howard R. D., and Bracie Weldon. “The Impact of Career and Technical Education Programs on Adult Offenders: Learning Behind Bars.” Journal of Correctional Education, vol. 54, no. 4, Correctional Education Association, 2003, pp. 200–09, http://www.jstor.org/stable/23292175.

[5] https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GAOREPORTS-GGD-96-158/html/GAOREPORTS-GGD-96-158.htm

[6] Groot, Wim & Maassenvandenbrink, H.. (2010). The effects of education on crime. Applied Economics. 42. 279-289. 10.1080/00036840701604412.  

[7] Ades, James & Mishra, Jyoti. (2020). Education and Crime Across America: Inequity’s Cost. 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344260626_Education_and_Crime_Across_America_Inequity’s_Cost

https://www.justice.gov/archives/prison-reform

The ‘United States’ of America

THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE SAID.

The Centrist Party supports the ‘United States’ of America. The Founders chose a ‘United States’ of America as opposed to an ‘Un-united States of America’ to form our nation. This ‘united’ form of nation was chosen in order for America to be a ‘Great Country’ as opposed to a ‘weak country’. Therefore the CP is opposed to the secession of any State(s).

Points of Focus

During the Constitutional Convention of 1787 the Founders and State leaders argued out the points regarding a loose conglomeration of ‘States’ verses a ‘United States’ of America.

The results: Only a ‘United States’ of America could become a truly great nation. An ‘Un-united States’ of America would leave America weaker due to its inability to make decisions on behalf on the ‘National Interest’. If each State pursued its own interest the combined power of the United States would not be possible.

Thus, as demonstrated in the US civil war, secession is neither good for America, nor is it desirable as it opposes one of the key components of what makes America a ‘Great Nation’. Therefore, the CP does not support secession of States.

The notes regarding these arguments are contained in The Federalist Papers written by Founders Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

Voting Rights

Voting Rights are vital for our Republic. The Centrist Party supports all efforts to extend voting rights to every citizen, at home or abroad. With policies that increase voter turnout, protect our most vulnerable communities and lower barriers to entry, we aim to guarantee the future of our democracy. The Justice Department has reported our voting systems are more secure than ever. Voters must be protected from unjust voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression. 
Points of Focus:
History of US Voting Rights

Constitution Leaves States in Charge of Voting

August 2, 1776: Declaration of Independence Frames Voters’ Rights

In the Declaration of Independence, signed on this day, Thomas Jefferson writes, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”

June 21, 1788: Voting Left to States

The U.S. Constitution is adopted on this date, but in lieu of a federal requirement, it grants states the power to establish standards for voting rights. As a result, mostly white Anglo-Saxon Protestant males, who own property and are older than 21, are the only group allowed to vote. Article II establishes the Electoral College.

July 9, 1868: Citizenship Granted to All US-Born and Naturalized

Following the 13th Amendment, which prohibits slavery, the 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to all people “born or naturalized in the United States” and “equal protection under the laws,” including formerly enslaved people.

Black Men, Women Get Right to Vote

Voting Rights c. 1865

February 3, 1870: Black Men Granted the Right to Vote

The 15th Amendment is ratified, granting Black men the right to vote and Congress the power to enforce the right. However, laws, including poll taxes, literacy tests and grandfather clauses, are enacted in mostly Southern states, suppressing Black voting rights until 1965.

August 18, 1920: Women Get the Right to Vote

After decades of protest and struggles for change, the 19th Amendment is adopted, granting American women the right to vote: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” However, its passage does not stop mostly Southern states from restricting minority women from voting through the passage of discriminatory laws.

Native Americans, Asian Americans Gain Rights

Voting Rights c. 1865

June 2, 1924: Native Americans Granted the Right to Vote

Congress enacts the Indian Citizenship Act, granting the right to vote to Native Americans born in the United States. Despite its passage, some states continue to bar Native Americans from voting.

1943 Chinese Exclusion Act Ends

In the wake of World War II when the United States and China had operated as allies, the Chinese Exclusion Act, which had barred Chinese from becoming citizens since 1882, is finally repealed. Chinese immigrants and their American-born families become the first Asian Americans eligible to naturalize and gain citizenship—and vote.

March 29, 1961: Washington, D.C. Residents Can Vote in Presidential Elections

The 23rd Amendment is ratified, allowing American citizens living in the District of Columbia to vote for president and vice president. Prior to its passage, D.C. residents could only vote for those offices with valid registration in one of the nation’s states.

January 23, 1964: Poll Taxes Banned

The 24th Amendment is ratified, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in federal elections. “There can be no one too poor to vote,” President Lyndon Johnson says during a ceremony announcing the amendment.

Voting Rights Act of 1965 

August 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act

President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law, banning literacy tests and enforcing the 15th Amendment on a federal level. It also provides for federal examiners who can register voters in certain jurisdictions. Facing a flurry of legal challenges, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds its constitutionality in a number of rulings from 1965-1969. In 1970, Section 5 is extended for five years.

July 1, 1971: 18 and Up Can Vote

The 26th Amendment is signed by President Richard Nixon, granting the right to vote to U.S. citizens who are 18 or older. Prohibiting discrimination based on age, it lowers the age from 21, largely in reaction to the number of 18-20-year-olds fighting in Vietnam.

August 6, 1975: Rights for Non-English-Speaking Voters

In addition to establishing a permanent ban on literacy tests and other discriminatory voting requirements, amendments to the Voting Rights Act are signed into law by President Gerald Ford requiring districts with significant numbers of non-English-speaking voters to be provided with instructions or assistance in registering and voting.

June 29, 1982: Voting Rights Act Extended

President Ronald Reagan signs a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act. Revisions also reverse recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, making voting easier for people with disabilities and the elderly.

Accessibility Becomes Requirement

September 28, 1984: Voting Is Made Accessible

The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 is signed into law by Reagan, requiring polling places in federal elections to be accessible for people with disabilities and the elder. It also states that if no accessible location is available, an alternative way to vote on Election Day must be offered.

May 20, 1993: Voter Registration Through DMVs

Also known as the “motor voter” law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It requires state motor vehicle agencies to offer voter registration opportunities, states to offer mail-in voter registration applications, states to maintain current and accurate voter registration lists and opportunities to register to vote at certain state and local offices. In its first year, 30 million-plus voters update or complete their registration.

October 29, 2002: Help America Vote Act

Enacting sweeping voting process reform, President George W. Bush signs Help America Vote Act, mandating that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission improve and certify voting equipment, maintain the National Voter Registration form and administer a national elections clearinghouse with shared practices, among other items. It provides states with funds to meet the new standards and provisions.

Supreme Court Walks Back Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013: Voting Rights Act Walked Back

In Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, rules that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, holding that the constraints placed on certain states and federal review of states’ voting procedures, known as preclearance, are outdated. Seen as a blow to civil rights activists, since the ruling, which affected nine states and several counties and townships, a federal commission found at least 23 states had enacted “newly restrictive statewide voter laws.” These include polling place closures, voter ID laws, limiting early voting and more.

Source: https://www.history.com/news/voting-rights-timeline

 

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