CENTRIST: one who seeks the middle ground between extremes


In a political year such as 2016, a whole new vocabulary arises as candidates struggle to define themselves and their opponents.  Sometimes the word struggle is unsatisfactory and tends to be more pejorative than is needed.  It seems the nature of politics in this particular moment in history is more about damaging others’ reputations than […]

POLITICAL PARTY: an organization that typically seeks to influence, or entirely control, government policy, usually by nominating candidates with aligned political views and trying to seat them in political office


We in the United States have become accustomed to the presence of two major political parties which dominate the electoral and governance processes. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party have a pretty good hold on the process, although there are a myriad of small, single-interest parties who exert their presence in most national elections […]