Intransigently Left-Right—probably people who lean right morally, but not so far to the right as to favor cutting (legally) so many of the social welfare programs we’ve come to depend upon. That is, stubbornly protective of their individual rights without advocating scary cuts in education, social security, and medicare. As a Left-Righter,
· I would not favor abortion, but be hesitant to restrict it wholesale for others (so trimester regulation is good).
· I would have less respect for our education system—assuming I weren’t rich—and would favor some degree of carefully regulated privatization, and at least some “last resort” voucher system which allowed my children to move if the district I were in sucked and I met the requirements for doing this (JP would need to specify those requirements in such a way as to prevent the total destruction of schools who are simply low performing for reasons other than administrative ones).
· (As a more politically savvy Left-Righter), I would favor a crackdown on overspending in public utilities & municipalities, transparent web publishing of major lobbying groups in Washington
· I would need someone to honestly “in plain English” explain to me what in the world certain key events in Washington meant for me as a normal person. (In the beginning, JP could do this itself, but in the event that the Party becomes bigger/tied to the very issues, it may push for the creation / funding of an party-neutral (DOE-run?) body whose sole purpose is to translate things like the fiscal-cliff, china debt, and the gun issue in terms relevant to the average person. This is a way to address the feeling of powerlessness among those who think Washington is full of stupid circular jargon.)
· I would resent Obamacare until I got that refund check, then I would be fickle about where I stand on it, would know little about the politics which makes middle eastern affairs necessary, and would want to go green without wanting to pay the costs. I would be uneasy about same-sex marriage, but uncomfortable taking a stand on the issue since I probably know someone who’s non-heterosexual and I would probably claim to “treat everyone equally” (suggesting that JP initially does better as an explainer of these issues and a mouthpiece for those who are undecided, than a party who propagates a specific solution loudly.) Ultimately, “states rights” may be the ultimate save: States should be competitively rewarded for green initiatives, punished for practices which cost our health welfare systems money, allowed to regulate decide on their own border solution aware that inhumane solutions like deportation will bring the legal action on behalf of the federal government.
In general, I think JP can aid those slightly Left of Right by taking a broad “States Rights” approach, along with an “individual opinion w/ non-infringement” approach, and promote solutions accordingly: Educatin policy by those good at it; Abortion ok early, but not late, w/emergency exemptions; the right to apply for a “pause” in federal statutes while solutions to border wars are formally proposed (though the application may not be granted), and the general absorption of those Republican and Democrat plans which the people currently seem to back—for JP’s OWN published reasons. As a third party, JP does not need to carve out brand new territory. It just needs to check the reckless influence given to two parties steeped in old territory. It can side with the dems & GOP on some things, but it CANNOT divide itself in the beginning, nor separate its platform from what we normal people basically care about: Jobs, entitlements, taxes, (maybe our children's education), and where politics is concerned: as sense that my voice doesn't matter.
I do not want to be in a "moderate" or "centrist" party. Not by American Standards of today. This country is radically right. Obama is a neocon. We should most definately be to the left of him on most issues.Americans tend to believe they are center-right because the right wing media machine has done a very good job of demonizing the left. But when asked issue by issue Americans tend to be more progressive. We need to focus on the issues and on justice.And I would say absolutely not to privatizing schools, or any other thing that belongs to the commons. Private schools are already being bought by foreign investors. And as vouchers funnel taxpayer money into private companies, resources will be pulled from public education. If your children are in a district with a school that needs improved, work to improve it. Don't turn your back on it and ship your kid of elsewhere. Stay vested in your community. Your children will have to live in a world with people educated in those schools. Unpatriotic selfish people want to opt out. If senators had to send their kids to public schools, public schools would be fixed in a flash.
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