I am first and foremost a husband and a father. I am a Colorado native but have traveled and lived extensively around the world. We are a family that uses national parks and public lands extensively. Although raised in a Democratic household, I found myself drawn to the Republican ideal (it also may have been my sense of rebellion against my father as a youth). While I have steadfastly remained a registered Republican, I have not always voted with the party. Whether it has been the lack of candidate enthusiasm or some other reason I have voted outside the party.
I have grown weary of the all or nothing attitude of both sides. For me being a Centrist means a sensible attitude towards a multitude of issues. I can't support politicians that seem to be living in a different world of partisanship and divisiveness. There are real problems that are solvable with a measured and practical approach. With small children, I am concerned with issues such as fiscal responsibility and protection of the environment. I don't see these as mutually exclusive, and our country needs leaders that understand this. Having been a student of political science and one that loves the human dynamic of political theory, I feel the current state of affairs has taken that passion away. I need something that I can feel positive about, and I have always been a leader. I believe most Americans live in the middle and want many of the same things. Now is the time for real change and I am excited to have found the Centrist Project.
While this is a difficult question with the myriad of issues that abound in the United States and the world, for me sound fiscal responsibility is the foundation of many of the other issues. We cannot continued to place upon future generations the ramifications of unrestrained spending/borrowing at the federal level. I feel a balanced budget amendment is a must to begin this process. Special interest and high powered lobbyist have no incentive to support this. Only when we are able to elect leaders that are not more concerned with their next election cycle will we be able to move on this issue. I see the Centrist approach beyond the fulcrum approach and look to help it grow into an overall alternative to politics as usual.
Unification and healing of the divide in our country can only begin when people that avoid politics get involved. Politics does not attract our best and brightest anymore because of the stigma attached to the typical politician. Our form of government was not designed to be a career for someone where their livelihood was dependent on getting reelected. The concept of contributing for a period of time and then go home (or return to your crops as it were) is a solid one for me and I think would allow better brains to come back to leadership. I have so little in common with any of the people that are allegedly making the right decisions for me. I speak to everyday people that are smarter and have better ideas than I've ever heard come out of Washington. There is just no upside right now for someone to want to enter the fray. There is no system for that person on the street to step up and lend their expertise. I would hope that within the Centrist Project, new leaders are identified and supported.