Realign Washington to the Public…
…Create Long-lasting Political Change…
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A Call to My Fellow Young People of America
Our political system is a broken one. I do not mean this in anger, although this is a topic that troubles me deeply; nor do I mean this in direct reference to recent events in Washington, although these events are examples of such. Instead, it is a simple statement of fact, the way one would observe the weather. It’s partly cloudy with a high of 68, and our political system is broken.
When I say broken, I mean in that statistics have become suggestions. I mean in that each branch of government has moved beyond checking and balancing the others to disregarding and undermining. Broken because politicians can’t reach their hands across the aisle for fear of slander from the extreme elements of their own party. So far broken that elections have devolved into little more than an argument over which disease would be less damaging. “Well, at least small pox hasn’t killed anybody here recently… and it can be cured in another 4 years or so!”
It is astonishing to me that the most productive and successful nation in the Western world can hold an election in which not a single candidate represents the will of the people! In decades past, when presented with a disparaging election, the public’s response was a fundamental change of the political landscape. Over the course of American history, the Federalists beget the National Republicans beget the Whigs beget the Free Soilers beget the Republicans because the American people no longer accepted the ideas of the old party. Why, then, are we so afraid to make ripples today?
There’s an old adage that I believe reflects the state of our nation, not only now but in instances throughout American history: “We get the candidates that we deserve.” A harsh truth with an implication we may resent. Political seasons and the legislation that happens in between them are mere annoyances for many voters that can be shrugged off a day or two later. The national zeitgeist has become, “They’re both crazy, what was I supposed to do?” Yet throughout history we are presented with those who would use their power to the nation’s detriment, and so I venture to ask how these became the choices in the first place.
These problems arise due to the complacency of the people. It’s easy to sit idly by and claim that it’s out of our power. It’s easy to resign to whatever cards are dealt because we didn’t select them. It’s easy to lead a nation into disarray that way too.
However, it poses a real challenge to stand for something, it takes courage to question the dealer, and it takes a tempered, cooperative effort to lead a nation. These are the necessary choices, but they are difficult and oftentimes go undone.
I say let what’s right be undone no longer. It’s time that we – as individuals and as a nation – step up. We must hold ourselves responsible for the political landscape, the good and the bad. When the Republican and Democratic status quo no longer reflects the wishes of the country, it must be challenged by a new party like in centuries past.
Let’s take a page from our free markets, for example. A firm in any market has a role that it is supposed to fill and a product that fills it. By that definition, political parties can be considered firms, but they sell pride and values rather than a physical product.
However, if the product misses the mark and the consumer doesn’t need it, then simply no one buys it. If two bad firms control the market, then a new one opens to compete and replace. There may be high barriers to entry into American politics, but the cost of the vote has become so high that Americans will put in the work for shaping something new. Thus far we have stuck with our duopoly because they provide a sense of predictability and safety. The people are realizing that long-lasting change is not born in predictability and safety.
The high startup costs and established customer loyalty may be enough to turn away political beliefs on the margins of society, but as the will of the public is pulled ever closer to the center, a moderate movement cannot fail. Red and blue do not own the public as a resource. When the better Centrist option grows to a big enough size to compete, Republicans and Democrats will no longer monopolize the vote.
Political centrism succeeds where current third parties do not: it has a wide voter demographic. When libertarians take the stage, those who believe in some form of government intervention in the markets – most Americans, to one extent or another – tune out. Similarly, the green party only draws the attention of pseudo-Democrats who are more passionate about the environment than their mainstream cousin. There is not a strong enough reason to pull voters away from the safe and established choices. Centrism is based around the tenets that the most Americans already believe. That distinction gives the entire movement basis.
The future is going to be determined by what our people do now. As such, it is our duty to begin seeking practical solutions to our problems instead of the recycled material leaving Washington.
Stand for a party that is more than the sum of special interest groups and corporate backers. Join me in a stand for pragmatic politics that put the good of the nation above the good of any party. The Centrist Party remains in the middle of the battle royal, defending from all sides and still standing. Let this page be a testament that reform is possible. Become a part of the solution.
With that, I’d like to formally welcome you to the movement. My name is Andrew Hicks, and I thank you for your vested interest in the country’s future. If you have any questions, feedback, or anything else in need of discussion, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll be happy to hear from you.