Two Parties Are Not Enough; We Need a Centrist Party

Here’s how it could quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

J.C. Peters
Dialogue & Discourse
6 min readFeb 26, 2022

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Crowd of Trump supporters marching on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. Source: TapTheForwardAssist

Soon millions of Americans will have a chance to vote in the midterm elections, but whatever the outcome it will not change the status quo. If the Republicans win, they will continue to obstruct Biden’s agenda. And if the Democrats win, the Republicans will also continue to obstruct Biden’s agenda.

It’s easy to place the blame for Washington’s gridlock squarely on the Republicans, given that they are the ones doing the obstructing. But in all fairness there is much to hate for conservatives about Biden’s multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Act and the Freedom to Vote Act (which Republican leader Mitch McConnell called a “federal takeover” of the elections).

But the problem isn’t that McConnell would probably say no to even the most modest of reforms, the problem is that he can get away with it. And that isn’t going to change unless we do something about it.

Almost two-thirds of Americans now agree the political system is seriously broken and needs to change. The system itself is extremely outdated but virtually impossible to reform. Meanwhile, both major parties have to contend with extremist wings pushing agendas that are so unpalatable to the other side that even if…

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J.C. Peters
Dialogue & Discourse

Author of History That Changed the World (Odyssea Publishing, 2017). Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on CNBC, The Hill, Quartz, and other media.