What it means to be an Independent, Moderate, or Centrist
According to surveys about 30% of Americans are Republicans, about 30% are Democrats, and about 40% are Independents. These numbers vary over time but they are the approximate breakdown of our political alignments. These proportions also reflect how we are distributed ideologically.
Even though the ideological spectrum is a continuum, we in the U.S. have been artificially divided in half even though this is not in alignment with our beliefs. The Republicans represent primarily the far right 30% of Americans and to a large extent the wealthy, and the Democrats represent primarily the far left 30% of Americans and to a large extent the poor. There are a few minor fringe parties that represent the more extreme ends of the spectrum, but no one represents the 40% of Americans in the middle. We are one of only a few countries in the world to have a two-party political system, and it is failing us.
The approximately 40% of people in the middle are moderate conservatives and moderate liberals, with some at the very middle who have almost no ideological beliefs what so ever. We call ourselves Independents, Moderates, or Centrists. Moderate conservatives and moderate liberals have much more in common with each other than they do with the far right and the far left. The Republican and Democratic parties don’t represent us anymore.
So, what does it means to be a Moderate? It means:
- We believe that government should institute the will of the majority of Americans and not some extreme ideological beliefs.
- We love democracy. Democracy is a moderate form of government and the Founding Fathers were Moderates.
- We detest extreme forms of government that take away the rights and freedoms of its’ citizens.
- We make decisions based on facts, data, and science-based logic, not on ideological beliefs.
- We believe in the need to rebuild our middle class. Our increasing productivity should benefit both employees and shareholders.
- We believe in increasing personal responsibility and that people need to be more strategic in how they run their lives.
- We believe in the need to start manufacturing things in our country again.
With our democracy under threat as never before, the rule of law being distorted on a daily basis, our bar for integrity at a rock-bottom level, religious hypocrisy driving huge numbers of Christians to become unreligious, and our country no longer being the most respected in the world, we desperately need a change in the White House. Luckily, we have one somewhat moderate candidate to pick from and we, as moderates, need to vote to make sure that Biden is elected.
But once Biden is elected, we need to push for the formation of a third major centrist party to end the gridlock that is holding us back. The middle 40% of Americans need our own political party. Join with others who understand that the problems that we are facing are due to our failing two-party political system. There are several fledgling efforts out there to accomplish this such as the Alliance Party (http://theallianceparty.com), the Reform Party (http://reformparty.org), and http://Represent.Us. Volunteer and support these organizations before it’s too late. Nothing will happen without you.