Thomas G

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

I am retired from the US Postal Service, my last position was Sr Manager, Distribution Operations. I am 63 yrs old, married to my wife of 37 yrs, Sue. We have 2 grown children. We both have lived most of our lives in the Pittsburgh area.

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

To me, being a Centrist means having the freedom to have strong opinions on issues without being aligned with either of the two major parties.

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

Taxpayers paying for: 1.Primary Elections that are basically a Party function. In my state (PA) I can pay for this but I can't participate 2. Paying those in State and US congress more than other members to hold Party positions (Whip, Majority Leader, etc.) that are used to make sure 'lower' members vote along party lines instead of voting for what is best for the people or the state that they represent.

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

Find a way to educate the public, through marketing, etc, on how their most important right, the right to choose those who represent them, has been taken away by the two party system, through campaign donation laws, gerrymandering and all the other tools at the disposal of party leaders who are just yes men and women for the special interests.

Anything else you'd like to add?

In the short term, getting independents elected will help. I believe that we need a strategy to get the media involved. This might be distasteful to some, but currently the media are ignoring the biggest problem and focusing on the symptoms. Maybe some non violent protests like a coordinated protest during primary elections in states that don't let independents vote, eg: holding up the voting line until the police and media show up and then leaving without any physical nonsense. Just a thought.

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