“Centrism” in US politics?
For the purpose of…
1) Encouraging independent evaluation of each political topic. (instead of people just going with the norm for their party)
2) As an example justification for someone labeling themself a centrist instead of belonging to one of the two parties. (since some believe “centrists” are actually fakers from one side, who just call themselves that because they’re scared of conflict)
…I thought I’d list a dozen or so of the political views that tend to be associated with either conservatives/republicans or liberals/democrats, but which I hold simultaneously.
1) I think it should be legal to own a gun, as long as you don’t have a criminal record or mental disability — the main reasons being that some are genuinely fearful of break-ins and this gives them a way to defend themselves and feel safer, and because it acts as a safeguard against the US devolving into a tyrannical government (not a guaranteed counter but it does help).
2) I think Republican-appointed supreme-court nominees tend to be a bit more honest/faithful to the constitution, so prefer them to have a small majority there. (but not a supermajority as neither side is perfect in their interpretations and it needs balance)
3) I don’t think abortion past about 15 weeks (somewhere between 5 and 25 anyway) should be legal, except in exceptional circumstances like severe health concerns. (giving a more precise answer would depend on further research, particularly on when meaningful brain activity/sentience occurs) [some may consider this liberal since it doesn’t begin at conception, but it’s at least more conservative than most of the current Democratic candidates]
4) I think it’s good (but not crucial) to build a wall on the Mexico border, as it lessens illegal crossing, maintaining the reward for migrating legally. (I know lots of people come by plane, “visiting” but then not leaving, but it’s probably still worth it for the quarter or so who cross by land.)
5) I don’t think we should adopt laws like attempted in Canada where it’s illegal to use improper pronouns for people. I think it’s unkind to intentionally use pronouns someone is disturbed by, so I’d encourage people not to do so, but I consider it an overreach for government to be punishing people for it.
6) I don’t think the government should be funding free college or free individual housing (as opposed to homeless shelters). While I understand the reasoning for free college (it can help people become productive at higher-paying/more-valuable jobs), I don’t think that benefit is achieved well enough by it to currently justify the government redistribution of wealth from other established workers. (I say currently because I think that someday we’ll become rich enough through automation of everything that supporting people with heavy social programs will be trivial, but since we’re not there yet, the redistribution of wealth that would have to occur is too substantial.)
1) While I think owning a gun should be legal, I do think there should probably be more regulation concerning its usage and/or storage, eg. banning bump-stocks, and rules like if kids are in the house, the gun must have a lock on it. (I know some states have these regulations but I mean expansion of these sorts of laws into other states)
2) While I’m fine with a wall, I do think we should simultaneously lower the bar for immigration, letting more people in legally, as I think while it may weaken the economy, the humanitarian benefits are worth it.
3) I think climate change is a legitimate problem that we should work toward mitigating, even if it has substantial short-term economic costs.
4) I think same-sex marriage should be legal. (It’s not a type of thing the government should be regulating; I believe the government’s main purpose is just to prevent people from hurting each other, and same-sex marriage does not substantially harm other citizens in my opinion — again, regardless of the question of whether it’s the proper course of action for a person.)
5) I think suicide should be legal, as long as the person is above a certain age, waits a certain number of weeks to ensure it’s truly what they want, and that it be administered in as humanely/precise a way as possible to prevent botched attempts that leave the person alive but even worse off. The rationale is similar to the previous point: I think it’s not a type of thing the government should be restricting, as long as it’s done in the fashion described above. (Again, this is regardless of whether one believes it’s moral or not. Not every wrong choice should be made illegal — primarily just those that directly harm other citizens, in my view.)
6) I think the US should have some form of universal health care. For most problems (such as college, as mentioned earlier) I don’t think the government should manage it (partly because it requires wealth distribution, and partly because its lack of competition leads to bad management and inefficiency), but healthcare is important enough that even if it has inefficiencies and is kinda unfair to rich people, it’s still worth it because of how severely lack of universal healthcare affects poor people with major health issues.
An extra which is not really partisan, but has become somewhat perceived that way recently:
* I think the electoral college should be ended, moving instead to the popular vote. (And no, this isn’t because Trump won the last election; I and most proponents have been in favor of the shift long before Trump was even on the radar.)
So what about you? Are you enough of an independent thinker to hold views from both sides of the political spectrum? ^_^
If so, which ones? I’m one of those people who like talking politics, so feel free to share some views of yours “from the other side” that you believe are justified, and why.