This is the third of about a dozen planned papers designed to list the ideology, and (where applicable) the manifestations of such ideology, for most all political leanings. They will start with the Acceptable and Centrist ideologues and work through to the Fanatical ideologies over the next few weeks.
Please refer to the political chart at – http://civismundi.net/civismundi.php?p=06-Political+Chart It is a bit dated but it is available for anyone to take and improve.
“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
“It is from the center that leaders must lead.” — Dick Morris, pollster & political adviser
2. of or pertaining to centrists or to their political views; middle-of-the-road.
Centrist -position on my political chart
There is no party in North America, that I am aware of, that is called centrist but a large segment of society fits into this category.
This citizen has been called many names – Centrist, Independent, Fence sitter, and Moderate. All covet his/her vote at election time. All try to hit him/her with some issue that will move him/her of off the fence and into their camp. All it takes, at times, is one sliver from one plank in their professed political ideology. If it strikes a nerve, you have his/her vote – providing you can get the converted to the polling station.
Many can be swayed with messages of fear and patriotism. Many can be swayed with religious prejudices and phobias. Many can be moved with a promise of prosperity or a tax cut.
They advocate the “middle ground” regarding- governmental control of the economy, and interference in personal behaviour.
They tend to keep an open mind and make decisions based on the situation.
They tend to oppose political extremes.
Let Thomas Jefferson make this conclusion.
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”