Trying to figure out my own political views/values/principles, trying to ‘measure’ or ‘define’ them. Expect intermittent updates, undated.
“Moderate“: in the sense of “a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.” I believe in Justice and Civil Rights, but I don’t find that those are extreme. (more later…)
“Centrist“: most useful explanation I’ve read is “In politics, centrism is a political outlook or specific position that involves acceptance or support of a balance of a degree of “Egalitarianism” (social equality) and a degree of social hierarchy; while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the Left-wing of politics or the Right-wing politics; Center-Right and Center-Left politics both involve a general association with centrism combined while leaning somewhat to their respective sides of the spectrum.” (more later…)
“Republican“: most useful explanation I’ve read is “A supporter of Republicanism is an ideology of being a citizen in a state as a republic under which the people hold popular sovereignty.” (more later…)
My “bible” (reference) is the book “The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution” by Linda R. Monk Most important concept to me is “Checks & Balances”, but I see such principles as applicable not just *inside* government at the Federal level, but between Federal, State, and Local governments, and among The People, Private Industry, and Government.
Other useful concepts for me, application of which may deviate from accepted:
“Commonwealth“: It’s a murky concept, when applied to Federated Democratic-Republics like ours. Basically, I’m not a Socialist (
“Deism“: I’ve got another page going for this.
“WHAT I AM NOT…!”: I am —
- Not a Socialist.
- Not a Communist.
- Not a Libertarian.
- Not a Leftist.
- Not a Conservative.