Personally, my concept of centrist does not align with the definition we have been given, lead and coaxed to use nor do I believe that the ‘center’ of an issue is always the right, moral or correct place to create legislation… As a matter of fact, it seldom is.
The total left/right spectrum we have been given to believe in is suppose to represent the total of all legitimate political thought and discourse and anything that resides outside of the Democratic and Republican parties is somehow subversive or a group of flake headed wingers. As represented in the picture below we are also given to believe the authoritarian and non authoritarian is represented by each of these two parties. Consequently the Centrist, the peacemaker resides in the middle acting as the virtue of all the radical outliers.
Now it is true that being a liberal or a conservative does not in and of itself equate to being an authoritarian however much of the policy that each want to see made into law most assuredly is. It is most certainly fair to say that few if any current politicians seek the accolades of being a superior statesman over the quest for money and power rather. So I personally see both of these political parties as authoritarian. I see the liberals in the communist vain and the republicans in the Fascist vain… Interestingly enough… as a pejorative both parties call each other out in just those terms.
The actual (IMHO) political spectrum is more accurately depicted in this representation:
In its labeling it does present some distortions thou… one is the use of the word Socialist and its placement on the spectrum. No one can doubt that communism and fascism have their basis in socialism yet they are somehow depicted as both being left of that philosophy… But it most certainly puts them in the authoritarian left camp… Another distortion is that it has spectrum does not include anarchy which is that absence of government
Now what this chart shows us and I somewhat disagree with is that the Centrist… is in fact a socialist who sit outside democratic majority rule… who sit outside of the republican form of government…
So it would seem to me that anyone who professes that Centrists come from a position of conviction… I would have to ask… what conviction? Placating the extremes isn’t a conviction as it must automatically shift as any extreme might shift either closer or farther from the center.
My question to the Centrist who assumes the medium or the peacemaker, if you consider a proposed piece of legislation, regardless of how seemingly reasonable, as being against the letter and spirit of the constitution…do you take a hard line against the proposal or do you compromise the law of the land? Things like the individual mandate made the proposal 100% untenable and yet if you apply the word ‘principled’ to your deliberations, then you become an obstructionist to progress.
No matter how much the left would like to co-opt the constitution in the name of progressivism… it was clearly written to allow people to carry on their lives in a non aggressive way. So for me the Centrist who is principled doesn’t look to the positions put forth by the Democrats or Republicans but by the people who wish to impose authoritarian rule verse those who believe that people, given that they must suffer the responsibility of their own decision should in fact have free will.
This is how I perceive the centrist: Centrists have long complained about the cult of “balance,” the insistence on portraying both parties as equally wrong and equally at fault on any issue, never mind the facts. If one party declared that the earth was flat our ‘balance’ media would report the headline of: ‘Views Differ On Shape of Planet’
Anything outside of this contrived spectrum rests control of individual rights and responsibility from those who work to position themselves in control… anything inside that spectrum takes away liberty…