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by John P. Reisman last modified Jun 21, 2014 08:59 AM
To protect, support and further justice and liberty in concert with national and societal needs. While needs and societies change, governance and its administrative responsibility does not. It is the job of governance to meet the needs of the nation and its people. Achieving higher levels of individual opportunity through education and awareness empowers independence. The Centrist Party will endeavor to promote policy based on due consideration of the Tenets to achieve its goals.


We shall endeavor to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions and recognize that governments, groups and individuals all carry the burden of responsibility for their actions in word and deed, to their best ability.


Actions speak louder than words. Actions driven by principles, value and common sense. Not relying on others to take or alleviate individual moral responsibility. We expect that government properly administrates the welfare of the nation but not that we should be a welfare nation. That individuals, governments and organizations take responsibility for decisions/actions.


Reasoned argument allows for the examination of perspectives from various points of view and including special interests. All argument should include relevant perspectives and be weighed with the aggregate need of the people and the nation. Groups shall not be given undue influence over individual needs and the common good. Arguments should thoroughly explore relevant points weighed with the health definition.


Examining short and long-term ramifications with regard to solution development is required. Voters and politicians need to disregard the election cycle and look beyond perceptions. We need to ask what is right for the people. While extreme measures may at times be necessary, ways and means to deal with problems by well thought out planning and consideration shall be the rule of thumb.


Consideration of relevant factors and the relative health of a decision is the job of those tasked with such responsibility. Public need must not be restricted to corporate wealth building that excludes or diminishes the public need or the common good. Merit, need, resource and ramification must be considered in policy making.


Having the fortitude and the strength to deliver the needed political message, rather than the politically correct message should be adhered to at all times. Politicians should pay less attention to focus groups and polls, and stand up for what is right for the nation/region and the common good.


Relevant criticism helps develop new ideas and formulate new solutions to changing circumstances. Closed-minded policies impede progress and negatively impact effectiveness of an administration. Short and long-term consideration enable the construction and implementation of solutions prone to success and adapt to circumstance rapidly as awareness of need develops.


To hold to our moral obligation and responsibility to get things done based on pragmatism. Our duty is to ignore appeal to emotion arguments that distract from reality to pander to a particular base. Our duty is to take the harder road of explaining why we need to support things that are not necessarily popular but required to help our communities move forward. Our duty is to not engage in political gamesmanship that favors biased agendas over reason. Our duty is to rely on evidence based reasoning and not sell, or support, ideas or platforms that are contrary to the needs of the people and the nation.


Equal rights were clearly an intention of Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately due to the circumstance of the period equal rights were not as strongly held in the Constitution of the United States as had been illustrated in the apparent intention and spirit of the Declaration of Independence.

The Centrist perspective contains what we hope is in the spirit of reason and responsibility, as well as aligned with the brand of reasoning Jefferson imbued in the Declaration. It is not possible to know his full mind but Thomas Jefferson himself explained in 1825: "Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

In consideration of Jeffersons stated intent, the Centrist goal is to promote equal access to opportunity based on merit in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. We include 'reasoning, to the best of our ability'. Even that should be taken as a generalization to inspire progress in the evolution of humane civil society toward these ends, in the whole of consideration.

Reasoning is neither precise nor simple. That in and of itself is both a  problem  and a blessing of sorts. There is always room for improvement it seems. Our goal is to promote the spirit of the intention, inferred and/or ideal, and to support continued progress in the pursuit of equality:

"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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, ..."

These words contain the embodiment of the core of intent for the Centrist Party. That we are as a nation, the community of the United States of America. As a people and as individuals. That our purpose is to build upon that which will strengthen this intent and build toward the furtherment of these "unalienable rights", to the best of our reasoning ability, and in line with the pursuit of greater achievement of equality and responsibility.


Facts without context can be misleading. The CP is against the misuse of facts to spin, or manipulate a message can easily mislead people. Such salesmanship or undue ambiguity is discouraged. The CP encourages honest debate to support positions rather than politically evasive speech that caters to voters sentiments. As able, centrists should engage and fight for their positions, not avoid the definitive stance for political expediency.


Acting in accordance with the rules or standards or in a legitimate manner considering group and individual needs as well as capacity. This includes just or appropriate action with regard to circumstance. This also includes short and long term consideration as well as individual, regional, state, national and international needs and capacities.


The development of the individual is held as the highest goal, above any group. Education is key. The richness and rewards of reason become stronger in a more empowered electoral base and enable a more reasonable government and economic environment. The founders of our nation sought to reduce group influence over individual rights through responsible governance.


While the human mind is subject to various degrees of influence, we shall endeavor to increase awareness through reasoned argument, education and application of common sense. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty (Edward R. Murrow). Questioning our leaders is as patriotic as respecting the rights of individuals to dissent or agree as they so choose. Common sense should always be our guide.


Is a policy or decision healthy? For the purpose of policy formation and consideration we are using the following model definition:

The Health Model Definition

  • Healthy: anything that reduces anxiety, simultaneously and/or consequentially, on an individual and/or group basis, with consideration of short, medium and long-term consequences.
  • Unhealthy: anything that increases anxiety, simultaneously and/or consequentially, on an individual and/or group basis, with consideration of short, medium and long-term consequences.

(More About Health Definition...)


Being honest is easier than being honorable. Not just saying I did, or did not say "that", but I 'mean' this or that. America is tired of politicians that word craft their way in and out of positions and rely on popularity polls to figure out what they need to say next to pander to some special interest, or manipulate the electorate to get more votes or support for a piece of misnamed, mis-intentioned legislation. Political spin erodes the integrity of the vote and certainly that of the politician. To honor the electorate, candidates need to be motivated by the strength of their honorable and well-reasoned convictions.


To demand respect, rather than earn respect, as a method of governance is a mistake, which has been repeated throughout history. It has always resulted in the downfall of civilizations. Mistakes are not to be hidden, but communicated in order to increase wisdom. Hiding mistakes or using spin to characterize them in a misleading manner in order to foist the perception or illusion of a strong leader, is a terrible precedent to set. We need strong leaders, not ones that just want to look like strong leaders.


Strength of conviction and an open mind are keys. Strength does not mean stubbornness, and leadership does not mean illusion. Pretending to change ones mind merely to gain political favor with voters is dishonest and dishonorable. At the same time, changing ones mind to adapt to the needs of the people to represent the needs of the people defines integrity. How are we to decide in the torrent of spin we are subjected to? To divine the difference is the challenge we face when listening to politicians and awareness of the problem is key to the solution.


Being open-minded is critical to a fast changing environment. Flexibility and adaptation to new circumstances allows new understanding and methods to develop.


Solutions must not bow to special interest agendas, unreasonable dictates not in the public interest, extremist positions or narrow vision.

Reason and consideration of the health of a decision, public need, economic stability, and short and long-term ramifications of choices and decisions must always be included in the process of administrating the public need.


Well-reasoned understanding results from exercising the tenets when approaching any given policy consideration. By applying the scope of the tenets with and open approach and communicating with involved entities, a well-reasoned policy is developed to meet the needs of the nation and the people.


That the Action of government should be primarily to administrate the needs of the nation and its people without undue influence from groups. That government actions should be founded in  simplifying the manner of regulation with the goal of fair and equal opportunity gained by work and intellect for individuals not groups.


Conviction tempered by wisdom with humility and open-mindedness empowers reason within circumstance. Strength comes from challenges, not lethargy. To lay down ones sword, be it the sword of reason or the sword of battle, is to accept defeat and slavery to the will of those that would impose upon our lack of will to stand and argue, or fight for that which we believe and that which we can own in our consciousness.


That value is not just an economic principle but also a life principle, and that the value of our actions as well as our interactions should be considered fully. That our communities, our homes and our friendships should all be considerate of value, equity, balance and fairness. In this we may find a better way to exist as individuals, families and as a nation.

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