A centrist is defined as “a member of a political party of the center; moderate”(Dictionary.com). “Centrists don't have party lines. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.”(Dwight D. Eisenhower) This is a great quote by former president Eisenhower about centrists and their ideology. Centrists believe that solutions are more important than bias. While there is no set rule for what a Centrist is, there are some generally accepted guidelines that seem to depict the Centrist mode of thought”(US Centrist).
What centrists are. Centrists are independent. Centrists argue based on reason and circumstance to define importance of a given point. They tend to be realistic and avoid extremes whenever possible. Of course an extreme may be required, so luckily Centrists tend to exercise reason in application. Centrists dislike special interest influence and unfair practices. They don’t appreciate spin from candidates or news organizations. They believe that if we dealt with the facts and concentrated on working together we could fix a lot more problems than two opposite parties constantly battling in their own opinions and ideologies. Centrists seek accountability in authority. “Centrism is not a belief. It is an open book to an unfolding situation. This does not mean it is moderate, but that it is considerate of changing circumstances that may require reconsideration based on the intelligence available and reason itself”(US Centrist).
What centrists aren’t. Centrists are not moderate. Moderation is more like a compromise than actually working towards the best option. The reality of modern politics is that compromise is what Americans have accepted. This leads to ideas that are not based on common sense but rather on the needs of compromised points of view. The goal is not compromise, but rather practicality based on reasonable considerations, short and long-term. In other words,...