The US Constitution as a Centrist Manifesto
One way to explain the concept and process of Centrism is to look to the US Constitution.
A group pledging their property, honor and lives needed to craft a mutual operating agreement that justified their risks.
They tenaciously negotiated among themselves to find pragmatic mechanisms that could work and stand the test of time.
They wanted the most modest organization that promoted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
With mutual respect and mutual effort, they locked in passionate deliberation to find the optimum balance.
They wanted to balance freedom with security, control with flexibility, the power of the majority and the protection of the minority.
They wanted rules of behavior and an objective method of enforcement that didn’t capitulate to personality.
They wanted local control when appropriate and federal control when necessary.
They created a government in three parts and wisely made the terms of office different lengths to provide for both continuity and accountability to the people they represent.
They demonstrated the purpose and methods of Centrism: invite collaboration, strive for fairness, maintain accountability, and minimize government interference.
I hope someone more artful with words can expand on what I can only begin to reveal about the richness of this inspired collaboration.