What does being a "Centrist" mean to you, and why did you get involved?
During the early to mid 1990s, it became apparent to me that polarization was really becoming a serious problem. In 1995, I attended a panel discussion on Northeastern's campus, featuring local and visiting academics. A conservative leaning academic in the crowd stood up and said, to the effect, " you are representing yourselves as a cross-section of the political spectrum, and yet you are all, or all but one, liberal". There were about six panel members. An academic from Penn State sort of belittled the academic who had spoken, finishing his rebuttal with, "Mussolini made the trains run on time." I stood up and said, " I agree completely with this gentleman. If we don't meet in the middle of the political spectrum and unite this country, we won't be in a position to work our way out and do all the good things that liberals want to do."
One day, a few months back, I was listening to N.P.R. and heard someone refer to themselves as a radical centrist. I started to look online to find more information regarding this position and discovered The Centrist Project.
What is a policy issue you are passionate about and why?
I am really not a single issue person. I believe access to health care is very important. Overall, I would say, good governance would go a long way towards solving our problems.
How do you think we can unite our country and fix our politics?
I believe the course outlined in The Centrist Manifesto could well be successful.