Many people have become concerned about what they see as the polarization of the American political system, characterized by vicious political dialogue. Others see the same lack of civility and conclude that the two main parties are in fact drawing closer together in all but rhetoric. Here’s a quick review of three American centrist party efforts.
The Centrist Party proclaims that
Our hope lies in 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 the leaders and never fix the system, we are just putting new people in charge of a broken machine. We need checks and balances that are free of undue, or improper influence. We need political reform.
Their analysis of America’s political position and the role of a centrist party in it includes:
By giving the center a strong foundation we enable solutions for the nation that can reach across both sides of the aisle. We can present arguments and ideas that encompass the most reasonable views from Democrats, Republicans and Independents, as well as Centrist America, and form solutions that really work for the people and the nation.
The American people are asking why doesn’t our government use common sense? People can see it isn’t working.
Without a Centrist Party we are bound by the extremes. Even though many politicians consider themselves Centrist (usually only during election campaigns), they are still tied to their constituents, party platforms, special interests and personal agendas.
The Centre Party seems to emphasize it’s American-ness, possibly feeling a need to do so to counteract the English spelling of the word ‘center’. Its website offers a somewhat agrammatical, randomly capitalized, and logically tortured rationale:
Swing voters are the most feared electorate in the land. We are not controlable or predictable. We can see through Pandering. We vote our mind, We can see through the empty promises. We do not have reliable representation. That is why political parties attempt to appear Central to issues, or in the “Centre”We know that they are just appealing to the masses just to get the vote. An once they are in office it is either: We are working on it, or they entirely forget about the promise they made on the campaign trial. You know why politicians promise big events close to near or end of their term? Because they will say they ran out of time, or they had opposition, therefore could not fulfil their promise.The Centre Party is the Hybrid approach from taking the best the major Political Parties have to offer.
For twenty years, we Americans have watched the Democrats and Republicans gerrymander and entrench themselves in power. The two parties have largely abandoned the American center, American pragmatism, and much of the American population. The path out of this quagmire is a national centrist party. We therefore establish the Center Party of the United States.
The Center Party will cohere around a central platform. In 2010, we will contest more than 100 Congressional races and many state legislature races. Our candidates will have plenty of experience making our country run, but very little experience running the current Republican-Democrat system. We are necessarily newcomers to party politics, but some of us are not new to politics. In 2012, we will contest every possible Congressional and state legislature race, but no executive races.
The Center Party proposes a fairly detailed platform, with features including a detailed health plan, withdraw from Iran but maintenance of American forces in Afghanistan, and a border fence. The position on gun control seems to draw a functional equivalance, for regulatory purposes, between nuclear devices and automatic-fire weapons:
The right of law-abiding citizens in this country to keep and bear arms is inviolable. At the same time, gun manufacturers must ensure that retail sales of new weapons are only to background-checked individuals. All gun sales, new or used, must involve background checks. Just as we would not extend Second Amendment rights to atomic weapons, and as just about every police officer advocates, private ownership of automatic weapons should not be permitted.