How Important is Party Affiliation to You?

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How Important is Party Affiliation to You?

When I consider who I am one of the last labels I think of is Republican. However, I am in fact a Republican. I am a child of a Republican politician. There really should be a club for all of us. And as such one thing I have always known is those who have power never worry about parties. If you have the power you make up the rules as you go. It really is that simple. Not to mention that all people with power consort with other people with yes, power. So in my life I have always known Republicans and Democrats in power who are very good friends. Even today as I write this hub, I am a consortist with my brethren Democrats as well as Republicans. However, what I can’t take is the Tea Party crowd. They are such and embarrassment to politics and represent such an extreme a minuet portion of America as of only to make themselves completely irrelevant.

When I consider myself I think Mom, girlfriend, friend, businesswoman, student, professor, researcher, traveler and healer. I don’t even think about being Republican.

And things have gotten really nasty lately in American politics. Yes, I have stirred the pot on occasion but not personally attacking a specific political party well maybe the Tea PArty but they deserve it. As a Republican I am being spammed, on a daily basis, hate mail about Obama. Now I have to state officially while I don’t agree with 100% of what anyone does, I do like Obama. And as a Republican I am embarrassed by all of this hate speech towards Obama. I am also not wild about the negative ads the Obama camp is putting out about Romney. I definitely don’t want to be spammed hate Obama email as it only makes me softer to Obama and vice versa for Romney. I should mentioned this spammer is a former member of Hubpages who has been banned.

As a Floridian the pressure is on again this year and my telephone is ringing off the hook, I am getting all this spam about which way to vote and there are more presidential ads on the television then there is substantive programming. Even now I have just regained control of my email account which was filtering all email as spam because I was receiving so much political spam. This is a horrific inconvenience as I write for HP and I have to respond to my commenters in a timely fashion, I am a businesswomen who is setting up a business and I am have a paper in press. And I haven’t had email because of political ads? At one point when is the government going to realize their drunken lust for power is interfering with job creation. Because I, JT Walters, am trying to start a business to create industry in our community but have been hindered by political spam.

And when I think of myself, I think Mom, girlfriend, friend, businesswoman, leader, researcher, innovator, traveler and healer. I don’t think of myself as a Republican until I hit about the 100th adjective. When are the politicians going to stop dividing this country and get out of the way of industry and innovation so this country can rise to a new dawn? Why do they constantly wish to keep this country and its people in darkness?

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I ask when describing yourself how far down the list do you have to go to get to party affiliation. How important is party affiliation to you? In Florida there is a hair's razor difference between the Democrats and Republicans. I am actually a environmentalist Republican who is old guard. I am certain that I am a novelty but there are others like me. The fact of the matter is there are so many other adjectives to describe who and what we are that party affiliation is almost moot these 2012. It is only as important as you think it is and that is true whether you consider yourself a Republican or a Democrat. And it is most important to the guys running for the job. Personally I don't plan on giving them anymore power then they already have had over me. I am pretty p.o. about my email being shut down for a month as it interfered with my businesses. I place p.o. above Republican especially in this election cycle.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I tend to agree on your points but sadly we are country built on a two-party system....the switch is off or on, down or up, etc. Certainly we have had splinter groups on both sides of the aisle over time but none have been able to garner enough support to overwhelm the two-party shift. Consequently, if I step away and vote Liberaterian, I may just waste my vote or deprive the conservative candidate of the win. George Bush Sr. saw the effects of that with Ross Perot splintering off independent and basically taking enough votes away to give Clinton the election. Ron Paul looked hard at it this time around. In terms of voters, the pie never gets significantly larger except for some population creep over time. From a conservative perspective, I would like to see a candidate outside of the Republic platform who has a set of cahonies and is willing to tell it like it is and back it up.....but something has to give to get there and most likely that skin will come off the backs of Republican candidates thereby simply handing more and more control to the Democrats in the process. WB


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Wayne,

Good to hear from you. I don't recognize the Republican platform today. They are very different then the Republican Party I grew up with but I am a different kind of Republican.

I believe it is a requirement of all those who live inside the beltway to have their cahonies clipped and their spines removed;)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

JT


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

We're a house divided, this I know and if both sides don't recognize the dangers in contempt and intransigence, then America will never be close to what it was or could be again.

I sense that Conservatives, who were once noble and filled with a sense of the responsibilities of privileged people, to act with generosity have become something Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and even, George H.W. Bush would no longer recognize.

The new Conservatives seem much more ruthless and solely business-oriented true-believers who must win, no matter what.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Wizard of Whimsy,

I believe the new conservatives/ neo cons to be the old liberals who had very little power in the Republican party until Bush(43). Old Guard Republicans believe in business as a means to emply the country and make certain there is a chicken in every pot.

I don't understand the neo cons/ Tea Party at all.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

JT


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junko 4 years ago

The type of Republican you represent, will have to save and return the Grand Old Party to greatness. JT the silent majority must speak out.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Junko,

Always wonderful to hear form you. Thank you for reading and commenting. I think the silent makority will speak out in November. I think I will settle for our country returning to its greatness and I will leave party business to those who wish to be divided.

Have a wonderful weekend. Prosperity is guaranteed to all of us and I think it is time we all reap our rewards.

JT


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

"I believe the new conservatives/ neo cons to be the old liberals who had very little power in the Republican party until Bush(43). "

Interesting—are you implying that they were the Southern Dems who joined the GOP when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Law, or something else?


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Wizard of Whimsy,

My Family worked for 9 presidents including Theodore Roosevelt. Johnson was late to the game with civil rights. I hail from the time of the Buffalo Soldier, the Rough Rider and a generation of Republicans which embraced a multiculture background.

We wouldn't have joined Johnson because we would have felt civil rights were a prelude to recruiting black soldiers to vietnam.

Old guard Republicans believe in appreciating each other universally and have believed in civil rights dating back to before 1900. I am enclosing a link to another hub which I clearly show a family heirloom signed by the Rough Riders who are my family. It is also signed by Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. We are the South.

Johnsons' stradegies ot recruit african american soldiers are irrelevant and devisive.

I want a better America? What do you want besides partisianship?

http://hubpages.com/technology/Blogging-for-Dumbie...


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Thanks for the insult. I want economic justice and a country that doesn't think corporations are people. If that makes me a "partisan" then so be it.

And for what it's worth from a "partisan;" this is one who would love to vote for a Teddy Roosevelt or any other Republican who was willing to bust the corporate oligarchs who now own our congress lock stock and barrel.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Sorry Wizard of Whimsy,

But old guard Republicans see the Democratic civil rights movement of the 1960(s) in terms of military recruitment of Afrian Americans to fight in Vietnam which Nixon often receives credit for.

Again I think this is another devisive measure. Corporations employee people. This fact gives them tremendous power in our country but not as oligarchs.

Does it not concern youo that both parties have agreed to lay a flat tax on all of Americans especially the exceptionally poor? Democrats receive just as much if not more campaign donations from corporate America(BIG OIL). A cap on campaign contributions would be a better solution. Partisianship was not meant as an insult. I believe we have enough room in this country for everyone including partisian. I just don't think partisians will get a lot accomplished because they are so sensitive and fight so much.

All My Best,

JT


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Well JT, with all due respect, I'm a white Vietnam veteren and recall that there was a draft then—where even non-minority Republicans served—so please don't try to sell that bunk to someone who was there.

If you think corporations are people, then please tell me the last time a corporation saved a child or elderly person from a burning building, taught a child to share or add, or saved a battered wife from violence. You evaded my point and didn't address it.

An oligarchy is what we have and the congress—both sides—do their patron's bidding.

You also ignore the Tea-Party Congress intransigence and unwillingness to compromise on any reform or regulation while a very conservative majority on the Supreme Court refuse to cap any political contributions.

So it's all just lip service. Republicans are unabashedly ruthless about leveraging every tool for partisan gain, even if that means leaving crucial federal jobs unfilled or picking fights rather than making legislative compromises.

Finally, and quite frankly, I don't see your point of view as "non-partisan." My point has always been that both sides must compromise to save this country—but the Tea Party Congress only sees political expedience as the way to reelection and thus destroying their opposition to more power and more (unrestrained) profits, while the middle class remain slaves on an economic treadmill.

Cheers, JT—I wish you well too.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Okay Wizard Of Whimsy,

You disagree that the majority of Vietnam veterans are African American? As a person who was there certainly you should have noticed. It is offensive that you accuse me of selling anything. The majority of soldiers who fought in Vietnam were African American and you can hide behind the draft because disportionately African Americans were called to serve far more frequently then whites. Although I do know whites who served as well.

Corporations employee people which is far better then the current system of government employing people. Governemnt and corporations are poor at social services this is not news.

Everyone despises congress no news here either. I think they will feel the pain in November. And the Tea Party is particularly hated by the old guard Republicans especially. I agree both parties should work together but the methods that have been em0ployed by both parties have made that difficult.

The middle class has always been slaves to the wealthy in this country. This is also not new. As for not understanding my "non-partisian" point perhaps you have not known very powerful people from both parties. They don't care about parties but about power and money. Obviously, you have not had the same experiences I have had and therefore can not appreciate my point.

Cheers

JT


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I'm confused, I don't see my post, JT and you are posting your interpretation of what I said and not what I said or implied.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Wizard of Whimsy,

Your post is there. And it is not my interpretation but you do love to fight!! And I am all about loving my brothers and sisters.

Your post is right here my new friend.

Cheers!!

JT

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