Francis S

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

I am a student currently going into my junior year at Miami University. I've grown up in San Diego and have been doing Theater, game, and video productions for most of my life.

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

Being a Centrist to me means being able to separate my daily life from my politics and beliefs, and being able to live with those around me whether or not I agree fully with them on policy. I do not like the idea of a future where we are forced to only associate with those in a similar political ideology and I fear that the current system will only lead us further towards that. The ability to sit down and discuss with those we disagree with the most, not just talking in a political echo chamber, is rapidly deteriorating and it will only lead to further destabilization and stronger partisan politics.

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

I am personally passionate about freedom of speech and expression. Everywhere on my college campus I see people being forced to either toe the ideology line or be kept silenced in whatever group they may be in . Very rarely do I ever find a large enough group of people where we can sit down and say "I may not fully agree with you all but we still should try to discuss solutions to some problems or in some cases whether or not some problems need solving."

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

Add either proportional voting systems or at the least make it easier for third party candidates to win elections. If we can break the duopoly of the Republican and Democratic parties then we can bring the country out of it's partisan state. It may not unite the country in a traditional sense but I believe that the traditional way of uniting will only make the country's politics more extreme and thus leave us with a more unstable country. By allowing for or even forcing more discussion we can make it where the country is able to have political and ideological differences without breaking into violence and disunity.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I just hope that we can get to the point where we don't have to agree with someone on policy or beliefs to be able to associate with them as anything more than an opponent or rival.

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