Political Independents… Are You Truly Independent?

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Republican ? Democrat ?

Different… But the same.

The key is that they are the two dominant parties, with no real challenger for votes. Both sides know the political pendulum swings one way for a while, and then the other. But they know that voters will vote for them no matter what.

A few years ago, someone did an illuminating survey of independent voters. They found that, even though the voters were no longer registered as Republicans or Democrats, when most of the “independents” stepped into the voting booths, they pulled the lever as if they were still in their former party! The former Republican still voted Republican, and the former Dems voted from Democrats. Thing is, both parties don’t much care about the average voter because they know the population has been brainwashed into thinking that the two party system is the only way that our system can function. We have been captive to political paralysis because too many voters can’t find the will to step outside the R or D box.

For the last few years, I’m been on a personal crusade to get as many friends as I can to not vote for candidates with D’s or R’s next to their names. Vote for anyone other than Repubs or Dems.

But Mike, they say, the guy I choose has no chance of winning!

At the moment… Yeah.

But, right now, winning isn’t the immediate goal. The aim is to break the stranglehold that the two parties have on the electoral system.

The average citizen does not matter to our politicians anymore. We don’t have enough money to fund their campaign dinners and other extravagances.

We, the people, the ordinary average citizen, have only one form of political currency at our disposal, our vote. Both parties know we’ll vote for one of them, so they take it, and us, for granted. What would happen though, if instead of moving the political pendulum back and forth, we start deconstructing the pendulum…. taking it apart instead of being a slave to it? The pendulum is made from our votes. We take our piece of that device and put it somewhere else, somewhere that the pendulum doesn’t swing to. If enough people do that, the pendulum doesn’t have enough weight to continue swinging, and then????

Then maybe, just maybe, the politicians will start paying attention to us, the voter.

5 Comments to “Political Independents… Are You Truly Independent?”

  1. By Lori Heine, November 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I understand your point, and I can see the logic in it. But I respectfully disagree. The first thing that needs to be done, I think, is take back one of the two major parties — so we can then go on and take back the country. The Democrats are too far gone, and Obamacare proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. There are still pockets of sanity in the GOP. I believe it’s worth saving.

    My friends and relatives will think I’ve lost my mind, but I’ve just switched my affiliation from Libertarian to Republican. I don’t think the rivalry/partnership of socialist “progressivism” and social conservatism can be defeated any other way than via the GOP.

  2. By Sonicfrog, November 1, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    The GOP is lost. It has been since the 1960’s.

    It needs to die so that something untethered to the past can be born and grow. It is the only was to shed the dead weight that hangs on its rotting corpse! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. By Sonicfrog, November 1, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Oh.. Maybe I should have replied in a way you’re more familiar with:

    I understand your point, and I can see the logic in it. But I respectfully disagree.

    “””Thatโ€™s absolutely correct, littlewhoreheine.

    YOU are not capable of taking care of yourself. You lack the skills, the intelligence, and the work ethic to do so.

    Which is why you turn to the establishment republicans. You do not have either the inclination or capability to earn your own living, pay your own bills, and regulate your own behavior, so you demand that the government do it โ€” and you then whore your vote to the politician that promises the most handouts.

    And since you desperately want to normalize this behavior, you surround yourself with your fellow moochers, looters, and parasites, constantly defining downward the value of self-sufficiency and hard work and demonizing people like ILC who actually DO work for a living and DO view parasites, looters, and moochers like you who wonโ€™t with disdain.

    I think itโ€™s high time you were institutionalized, littlewhoreheine. You clearly are a danger to yourself, because you admit that you are unable to care for yourself or be self-sufficient and are incapable of functioning without government to tell you what to do. Furthermore, you are a danger to others, because, as you have stated, without the law in place, you would loot, rob, steal, rape, and sexually molest children because you have no self-control or inner morality other than the fear of law enforcement.

    Signed: The Political Philosopher In The World!!!!””””

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. By Lori Heine, November 1, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    Sonic, that was a spot-on impersonation. I really felt a sense of nostalgia. It was like North Dallas Thirty, or J “Man,” were back shaking their fists in my face again.

    Thanks for that precious trip down memory lane…

  5. By Sonicfrog, November 2, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    Sonic, that was a spot-on impersonation.

    It should be. I simply copied one of NDT’s latest posts, and inserted your name!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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