While we will discuss policy ideas, and bring together thinkers – both professional and serious amateurs – we’re not a think tank. Our job, as a centrist grassroots organization, is to represent the views of what we call the ‘centrist big tent’.
We don’t do this by gathering a group of insiders and pretending that they get to decide what centrist means, but rather the opposite – we find out what the majority of centrists and moderates believe and make that our platform.
We start by using a mixture of polls that ask people what issues their priorities are, as well as engaging with our followers on social media to find out which issues are most important to them.
That’s why we start with these anti-corruption issues, and where the other stances on the next section come from, though we’ll filter and/or change them from time to time, by which we think we have a better chance of having an impact on, and/or which are hot button issues more in the public eye at the time.
With the issue areas selected, we go another step down and look for specific policy ideas that have at least a comfortable majority amount of support among centrists and moderates in polling, and then extrapolate that stance into positions and ideas that we can add to our platform. In areas where we can’t find reliable polling – with specific policy ideas that haven’t gotten much national attention, for instance – we rely on the large number of extended conversations we’ve had with thousands of centrists and moderates over the last decade (we hope to have the resources to do our own, in-depth, educational polling someday.).
Ultimately, the goal is to be of, by and for the ‘centrist big tent’ – to represent your views, and build a tent around them. We in no way expect everyone to agree with all of them, and in fact we both expect – and hope for – serious, substantive, passionate and healthy debate.
As the country evolves, some of these views may no longer be centrist 20-30 years from now, and that’s fine. Much like how the political parties have seen their tents move around the political spectrum, where we go as an organization will naturally evolve as well, and change depending on what our volunteer and staff leaders decide to collectively do – within the confines of core principles set forth in the preceding sections 1-4 (this is section 5) of our ‘founding documents’.
These section may be amended, and slowly evolve – as our constitution has, over the generations, but the core will remain for the lifespan of this organization.
One last note. For some bizarre reason, a certain element on the right and left say that centrists are people who just up and decide that they’re going to stand in the center, rather than the reality – we believe what we believe, same as the left and right (among others) do, but our beliefs just happen to land us in the center area of the political spectrum, here in the United States.
That’s all centrist (or right, or left) means – they’re just positional labels. These labels align with different beliefs if you move to a different country, and will align with different beliefs over time, as the spectrum of belief among a population shifts.
Pretending terms like this mean anything else is just deceptive marketing (or worse… usually worse, in politics).
Where a person lands on the political spectrum isn’t something they just choose, and just saying that you’re here or there doesn’t change anything about where your views plot you in relation to other people. Same as those on the right and left, if your views average out to aligning with the center, then you’re a centrist, and if they don’t, you aren’t a centrist just because you call yourself one.
Beware of those who claim to be centrists or moderates, while lying about what it means in order to try and co-opt us, and/or those who criticize us for things that have nothing to do with who we really are, and/or what we really believe.
Just like that of American centrist voters, our beliefs currently place us in the center, but we do not artificially seek to be in the center – our beliefs are our beliefs, and if/when they no longer centrist in the future, that does not mean that we will abandon them for whatever centrist will mean then.