I know a lot of folks compare our two major parties to those of Europe. Perhaps in Europe the Democratic Party would be viewed a centrist. Not here though. Our nation's birth was quite different than the nations of Europe. Our nation was born not only out of war, but with a fear and a distrust of government, a central government.
Thomas Jefferson once said or was attributed to saying something akin to "A government big or powerful enough to give you everything you want, is a government big or powerful enough to take away everything that you have." That may stick in the back of many Americans mind.
Do I trust our government to do what's right, no. To tell us the truth, no. To keep its word no.