The Doctrine of Tenacity
By Brian Hunt
The Citizens Party is a promising experminent in third party politics, proposing a synthesis by incorporating political tenets from both the Left and Right of the spectrum to produce a balance of ideas and ideals. By including such a broad range of ideas and ideals, it also seeks to maximize its appeal to the vast majority of American citizens. At its foundation are the American people, those who are tired of the bickering, division, corruption, and theft of our broken political system produced by the entrenched two-party oligarchy. Additionally, they are also tired of the overbearing influence of Big Business, Big Media, Big Military, Big Banking, and Wall Street in our daily lives. We the People want genuine and fundamental changes that are beneficial to all citizens of our country, changes that do not cater or show any favoritism to any one ideological creed alone. Synthesis, Balance, and Progress must be our cornerstones if we are to not only stay true to our principles, but to propose pragmatic solutions to the problems that plague our country.
It is important that this organization remain a cohesive, stable one. Disagreements are inevitable, to be sure, but it is paramount that we strive forward regardless of minor differences of opinion. After all, we must never let principle overwhelm pragmatism, but we must also never sacrifice our core principles in the name of pragmatism. In keeping with the idea of Balance, we must strive to maintain a principle-pragmatic equilibrium. With regards to Synthesis, we should always look to what solution(s) will be acceptable not only appeal to Left-Leaning and Right-Leaning individuals, but are also pragmatic in nature, thus intertwined with Balance. With regards to Progress, we must regard the need to strive foward as vital, embodied in the phrase "Not Left, Not Right, But Forward". Progress in turn is intertwined with both Balance and Synthesis, proposing a program that is not only an even mix of Left and Right ideas and ideals, but maintains the balance of pragmatism.
Now, with all of this in mind, there is one element I would like to mention that holds the other three elements together: Tenacity.
It does not matter whether this organization experiences growth or decline, success or failure, gains or setbacks, our modus operandi must be that we should always be tenacious in maintaining this noble organization. For if we capitulate under any circumstances, it is a victory for the Establishment. We must be stubbornly tenacious with regards to keeping this organization alive and well. We must not allow the two big parties to ultimately triumph. We must brave whatever storm we are to encounter. And if do so, our organization, by tenacity alone, will stand as a testament of endurance, strength, and unity.