Are you really registered as a Democrat or a Republican? Why?

Are you really registered as a Democrat or a Republican?  Why?

I have decided to register as an Independent voter and here is why.

After reading the Constitution and Declaration of Independence I now consider myself as an independent who believes in the  Constitution. These founding documents identify a set of beliefs centered on individual rights, freedom (e.g., the freedom to compete in a free market), and a limited federal government.  The belief system identified in these documents is what makes America unique.  It is not any one individual, a party, or the melting pot of unique individuals. The citizenry of many countries including the US is comprised of  individuals having different ethnic, cultural, and geographic origins.

Don’t be caught with your pants on the ground by tipping your voting hat to either political party in this country.  If you study either political platform in detail or pay attention to the legislative bills and the earmarks I find I am neither a Democrat or a Republican.  Yes each party may utilize sound bites and key phrases that resonate with your own belief but it’s their actions of spend and more spending that makes them the mirror equivalent of each other. What I am disgusted with is the corruption of our elected Dukes and Earls and their out of control spending.  See Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution. No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States. Really, Speaker, Committee Chairpersons, and Majority & Minority Leaders!

Therefore, I have decided to register as an Independent and so should you. Force party leaders to work for your vote verses registering with one party and handing them your vote.  Don’t let them count on any vote.  As a voter one should review each candidate’s actions (not their words) on issues that matter to you personally, your family, friends and community and ensure that the ideals set forth in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence remain supremely protected by our Representatives actions.  Don’t listen to the sound bites “Its like being caught with your pants on the ground.”

America is not the cheapest or the hardest working industrial country.  We are not blessed with energy reserves like the Middle East. We are not the only melting pot in the world, many countries have immigrants with diverse ethnic, cultural, and geographic origins.

What makes America great, in my opinion, is we are founded on the protection of individual rights in a free market system and due to this belief system we have historically been the most innovative nation to date.  Let freedom ring!  If we work together as the citizenry of We the People to contain the Federal government within its limited Constitutional boundaries, we and our posterity will be rewarded with watching America innovate and thrive once again!

MG

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  1. I understand what you are saying, but it really makes no sense. In America, you don’t have to vote the party line. Further, Colorado has closed caucus system. If you don’t register Democrat or Republican, you have zero influence on which candidates are put forth for lower level offices, state offices and higher level offices.

    The caucus system in Colorado allows people to have a far greater voice in in the selection of candidates than a primary system. When attending a caucus, one gets to stand in front of their fellow citizens and speak to them about why they support a certain candidates. You and your citizens do three things at the caucus meetings.
    1) Nominate and elect fellow citizen to attend county, district and state party meetings where they will vote to elect the final slate of candidates to appear on the ballots for the November elections.

    2) Conduct a straw poll for the candidates who are running for county, district and higher level offices.

    3) Create a prioritized list of issue/values (platform) for the party candidates. (I know the Republicans do this. I assume the Dems do as well.)

    The platform, straw poll results and list of delegates gets sent to the county and state offices. The platform issues are aggregated and the top five/six/seven issues become the parties platform of sorts. Candidates are not bound to this, but it give the party an idea of what their constituents think.

    If you aren’t registered you are exasperating the very problem you think you are alleviating. Being an independent you have ZERO influence over which candidates will appear on November’s ballot. In Colorado, candidates are not selected in smoke filled back rooms. They are elected by the delegates that the people who attend the caucus elect to represent them at party meetings ranging in size from 200-500 at county and district level meetings to 3,500 at state party meetings (higher level offices, Gov, AG, US Senate etc… )

    If you attend a caucus meeting, you can stand up and say….I don’t support Dan Maes because he is a social Conservative, I support Scott McInnes because he is a more moderate. You fellow citizens do the same thing and then you all vote for delegates to attend the party meetings who will attend the party meetings and vote for McInnis and not Dan Maes. In the process, you hope they will also try and sway other party delegates as well.

    Being registered allows you to dedicate 30 minutes out of one evening in March to attend your precinct caucus and nominate delegates who will attend the party meetings and vote for the candidate who most shares your values.

    I’ve read the constitution also. I like it. This is why I attend my caucus meetings. So I can do what I can to ensure my party elects candidates to appear on the November ballot who

    Your approach depends on pollsters, paid for by political parties, to try and determine what Independents want and a hope that in the end, candiates will run on issues they think are important to you. Then, when they are elected, they do what the party who nominated they elected them to do.

    You are exacerbating the problem, not solving it.

  2. On the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as an “Independent” you will get to “choose” between the candidates offered by those who participate in the two-party system – by voting in a primary or participating in a caucus. In that way, I agree with the person from Colorado (whoever that may be) who says you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    Being a Democrat or a Republican means different things to different people. I am registered as a Republican because I believe it means I advocate a limited role for government in the lives of Americans; that the several States and individual citizens have clearly defined rights and responsibilities and that our economic welfare is best accomplished in a system of free enterprize. While there may well be Democrats who say they believe in those same principles – their actions speak otherwise or they don’t even know WHAT they believe!

    As a Republican, I am not prohibited from thinking and voting independently! In the 50 years I have been voting, I have never cast a straight party ballot. Some candidates think they are one party when they are actually the other in practice (or they need the label to be elected where they live.)

    Having an open mind is a good thing – unless nothing sticks as it passes through. It helps to read and listen to the thoughts of others – on ALL sides. People whose business it is to think about these things. Watch FOX and MSNBC – Krauthammer and Klein – Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell. Barney Frank and Ron Paul. Am I a sheep because I find the conservative side more rational, more honest and, by my definition, more Republican?

    Come on back.

    Jay Kacena

  3. I agree. I have given up on the party. I can’t tell much of a difference between the two anymore.

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