Moral Centrism Is about
Hope, Unity and Shared Values
This site is about the active search for
practical ideas, policies and platforms that
will unify this great nation around
shared values and common dreams
Moral Centrism asserts
that the American people, indeed almost all people, share strong
common values and principles despite what we may hear in the media
and see in politics.
first president said it best:
“The unity of
government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to
you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your
real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your
peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very
liberty which you so highly prize.”
In the USA today, the right and left quote liberally from
George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984, on topics ranging from the bureaucracy of the welfare state to
increasing corporate media concentration. The irony of Democrats
and Republicans referencing this seminal work on permanent political
warfare while engaged in exactly such a war is hard to miss.
Even as these
political parties publicly
lament the division of our nation into primary colors,
they actively seek wedge issues to drive voters out of the enemy
camp. Words have become bullets fired as casually at fellow
Americans as foreign terrorists.
We are a nation
is about the inherently moral framework of public policy in a
democracy—and the common, shared morality that can bring us together
if we choose unity rather than division. We are a nation formed in
the search for unity, a people who came together “to form a more
But today there
is no party or platform that stands for unity or common interests.
Centrists and moderates are seen as pleasantly rational or weakly
indecisive, but never have we had a formal platform of moral
policies and ideas on which to stand. Everyone knows what a
Republican claims to stand for (lower taxes, free markets and
“values”) and what Democrats struggle to defend (everything else),
but centrists and moderates have become little more than
political fodder in the battle for swing voters. And we have become
sadly resigned to our fate.
Moral Centrism is an audacious shot across the bow of this
cynical worldview. Moral Centrism asserts that we have values in
common, and that by focusing on these values we can make permanent
structural changes to our nation and world. And Moral Centrism
suggests new ideas based on these shared values to address the
problems we face today.
That means Moral Centrism is about hope...
...the fundamental, unassailable belief
that our capacity for good and growth is so great, so nearly
unbounded, that things can easily be so much better than they are or
have ever been. This is not idealism, not the search for some
illusive utopia, but fact—people are capable of infinitely more than
we are asking of them today, as are governments, businesses,
churches, families, communities and nations.
Moral Centrism asks only that we act on this potential in a
focused and productive manner.