The parties aren't getting the job done.
Both major political parties have made promises to their most extreme members, promises that are incompatible with solving our biggest challenges — like entitlement spending, the dangerous American debt, K-12 education and climate change.
"Most Americans are moderates, yet we are represented by officials who pander to the extremes of the electorate" says Charles Wheelan, founder of The Centrist Project. "Ask yourself: do you feel this system represents you?"
So while you may be at home in one party or the other, you have to wonder — Why don't we take the best of each party, and discard some of the things we know just don’t make that much sense?
So we're taking the best of both parties, and ditching the rest.
Centrist Project members are fiscally and environmentally responsible — we don’t want to live well today at the expense of the next generation. We believe in social tolerance – to the extent we can, let’s just keep government out of our private lives. And last, we believe in economic opportunity for every American.
Welcome to the first special interest group for pragmatists! We’re giving leaders a reason to fight for ALL Americans.
Here's how we'll hack the system
The electoral process is a full-fledged disaster. The electoral college, gerrymandering, primaries — the parties are in complete control of all that. It's a dead end. So we've found a way to hack the system:
- Step 1 Create a home for moderate voters.
- Step 2 Elect just five independent-minded Centrists to the U.S. Senate.
Our strategy will make Congress work again
Think of the Centrists as the five folding chairs in the center aisle. Republicans have a fiscal responsibility plan? The Centrists will move their chairs over to the right and get it done. Democrats need support for environmental protection? We’ll slide to the left and make it happen. And when the great debates come on social issues, we’ll forge common sense solutions to move the country forward.
And it's easier to achieve success than you might think. Sen. Angus King of Maine, an Independent, already occupies one of those folding chairs. New England in general tends to elect pragmatic leaders from both parties. Then look at any of the swing states (Virginia, Colorado, Florida), and the Midwest states that tend to elect both Republics and Democrats (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio).
Just think! No more shutdowns. No more governing by crisis. Just everyday Americans rallying around ideas to move our country forward.
Our Centrist Principles
If you agree with three or more of these principles, welcome home.
- Good governance I believe in putting the nation’s long-term interests ahead of the electoral interests of a political party or any narrow interest group.
- Solving problems I realize that governing a nation of more than 300 million people is inherently difficult and contentious. I will set aside ideological purity if it enables me to achieve things that are broadly consistent with my views. I will let the most important lesson of the United States Constitutional Convention guide my behavior: In a vibrant democracy, compromise is an essential source of strength.
- Fiscal responsibility I am committed to putting the nation on a sound fiscal path. We recognize that this will require a combination of revenue increases, spending cuts and reforms to our major entitlement programs.
- Environmental responsibility I will act as a steward of the environment for future generations. I believe that climate change represents a potential threat to the United States and the international community. I will support international efforts to curtail carbon emissions, including policies that raise the cost of polluting behavior.
- Social tolerance I believe that the federal government should not involve itself in private behavior that does not affect the broader public. I will work to heal America's division on social issues rather than exploiting them for political advantage.
- Economic opportunity I believe that markets are the most powerful tool for promoting prosperity and innovation. The role of government is to create an environment in which the private sector can thrive; to provide a meaningful safety net; and to ensure that every American has an opportunity to achieve his or her economic potential.