Andrew H

Tell us about yourself: who you are, where you're from, etc.

I'm a 19 year old college student studying criminal justice at my local community college out here in the suburbs of Chicago. Currently I'm in between jobs, I coach youth basketball in my free time as a volunteer and I'm an avid gamer.

 

What does being a "Centrist" mean to you, and why did you get involved?

I took a quiz on Isidewith.com and it said based on my results currently I reside ideologically in the center with a slight degree towards libertarian. Last year it told me I was 60/40 democrat/republican and I ended up voting for Trump. Now however after a year of trump and a semester of higher education I can safely say I am in deep regret and in need of reaffiliation. So I start googling how to get into politics and thought "is there a centrist party" so I then google "centrist party" and instead of a party I discovered this movement. I was immediately hooked, I joined the donation thing, I signed up all over the site. I feel the two party system is about to go into a horrible cycle and it is at that moment that people will need to rewind and go back to compromises. I see this movement as the start of the future of politics and me being 19 I feel like I could grow with and really make a difference here. I would hope that maybe one day with enough money, backing, and convincing arguments that come the right time I could maybe run as an independent . We need to bring back compromise and I'm all in.

What is a policy issue you are passionate about and why?

I'm passionate first and foremost with as Joe Biden once said "correcting the ship." We need to first bring people back together make sensible decisions and compromises and put ourselves back on track as a united nation. If I had to choose one policy issue I'd say income inequality. It's simply gotten way to out of hand, I've been learning and hearing about it for 3-4 years now, theres decades of research, yet our current politicians don't seem to want to touch it. I've grown up in a middle class family and my current career path keeps me in the middle class , thats why I care about the issue. Its the one section of our economy being ignored even though it's having a significant impact on the life I know.

How do you think we can unite our country and fix our politics?

Everyone is now talking on injecting youth and energy into their parties, to rebrand their party images with new age conviction and modern sense. We have two major parties if we were to pick and choose ideological parts from each the center and independents could really flourish. The problem is getting people to realize there is that option. A truly centrist president would be a quick fix but people need to see that option and right now a lot of my friends don't care about politics and people are fed up they don't know what to do so they just give up. If this movement really took off I think real changes could occur.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Nope I'm just glad to finally feel I've found something that is genuine to my growing political ideas and am glad I've found a new source of hope in these trying times.


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