Man leaves the Republican Party but will not join the Democrats

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  1. A pox on both their parties

    I'm leaving the GOP, but not for the Democrats

    By STEVEN GREENHUT

    Last weekend, I announced my not-so-Earth-shattering decision to leave the Republican Party. In the era of George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, I simply have had enough. While I've been pleased by the correspondence I've received, most of it from other disaffected Republicans who are sick of the party's abandonment of its stated "liberty" principles, I've left some readers confused about where my allegiances now lie.

    Here's my chance to elaborate a little further.

    The country has devolved so much into a two-party system that many folks believe that if you abandon one party, you must necessarily take up common cause with the other one. Yet if a restaurant gives you a choice between eating food laced with rat poison or with arsenic, you might want to eat somewhere else, even if it's a long drive until the next rest stop and even if the new restaurant hasn't gotten great reviews.

    So ... no, I have not become a Democrat. I haven't criticized Democrats too much in recent months, mainly because it's so pointless.

    Let me reiterate the obvious reasons why I will not return to the party of my youth. It's long been clear to believers in free markets and limited government that the Democratic Party is committed mostly to European-style socialism. Ever fearful of the free market and hostile to the free choices individuals would make if left on their own (with the sole exception being what they call "reproductive freedom"), the Democrats ceaselessly advocate for more government control of the economy, more far-reaching cradle-to-grave social programs – never mind that such programs can't sustain themselves over the long term, and that government "services" are notoriously wretched compared with those offered by market-based companies in a competitive environment.

    Listen to the Democratic presidential candidates argue over who proposes the most gigantic government-controlled health care system, with only one candidate (John Edwards) honest enough to admit such a scheme will require massive tax increases. Being a Democratic candidate means that good intentions are more important than rigorous analysis. The party expresses one constant concern: how to get "greedy" working stiffs to shift more of their income to the government sector. As that sector has gotten bigger, with more than half of all Americans receiving support from government or working directly for some agency, it's become easier to call for more government.

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  2. Gavik

    Gavik Registered Member

    The two party system is suffocating American politics. Thank god this guy is trying to make people see the other choices.
     
  3. Duke1985

    Duke1985 EatsApplePieShitsFreedom

    I keep waiting for people to wake up and start voting for 3 parties, or at the least get out of the "wasting your vote" mentality.

    After the last midterm elections I go to the bar and get shitfaced in celebration, and outside myself and a friend got into short heated and drunken deabte with this this chick who kept insisting I was retarded for voting for a 3rd party.

    "God, you shouldn't even vote then, its such a waste of a vote" Is what she told me
    "Well only because of people like you." Was my reply.
     
  4. pro2A

    pro2A Hell, It's about time!

    I would vote for the Libertarian party, and I find my views match most libertarian views except the war in Iraq.

    There are many issues I don’t agree with in the Republican party. I'm for legalization of marijuana, stem cell research, split on gay rights, moderate socialization of education and health care… Do I like Bush and the Republican party… yes I do. I give him and the party credit where credit is due. Do I think we've had some F-ups? Certainly everyone has. As for the core views I find myself to be a Republican. The thing that sets me apart form the Libertarians is the war. Therefore I’m Republican. If I found a 3rd party like that I would vote for it.

    I think we need a 3 or 4 party system. When it comes down to it there are really only two views. Either your for an issue or your not. Thats why we have a dominant two party system.
     
  5. Geo_X

    Geo_X Guest

    I do not believe that is necessarily true. Many issues are never black and white- everything is in shades of grey (please excuse the cliche). Why is there a two-party system? I would have to surmise that it's because it's simply easier to choose between two things than three, four, or five things.
     
  6. Irishone21

    Irishone21 Registered Member

    sever the links in the chain, as democracy, especially in times of political polarization, tends to do... Independents usually are pulled into a party, so an independent that stands strong, I admire.
     
  7. Blackascoal

    Blackascoal Guest

    The problem with America isn't politicians .. the problem with America is Americans.
     
  8. Mr. Mustafa

    Mr. Mustafa Terrorist

    ditto...
     
  9. America needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Until we have a 3rd party in office, you are going to experience the same old, same old. Nothing will change. The Democrats and Republicans have had how many years to make changes that are good, sound choices for our country. Has it worked? Hell, no. Give an Independent candidate the chance to bring around changes that will strengthen our nation, and give the citizens of it a reason to be proud to say I am an American. Give the citizens a reason to stand up, and take charge, and take our country back.
     
  10. Duke1985

    Duke1985 EatsApplePieShitsFreedom

    What we need is one of those rock the vote scale campaigns but with the message of voting 3rd party for a change. Just get everyone to get under the same banner for 1 election and force the country to reconize 3rd parties.
     

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