what made you choose the political party you joined?
it doesn't have to be democrat or republican.
any party: socialist, green, populist, libertarian, reform.
dont hold back
i am registered as a democrat, although i feel more like a libertarian sometimes.
In my time I have been a member of the Monster Raving Looney Party (http://www.omrlp.com/) , the Rhinoceros Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_Party_of_Canada) and the Yogic Flyers Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_La … _of_Canada)
None of this is true.
There was a thread about this before
I chose, and still choose, the Republican Party because its Platform is the only one with the values I value.
I used to be a Republican, but have been an Independent since 2005. I go by philosophy, not Party.
I am registered as an Independent. I do not wish to make it easy for the slimebag career politicians to count on my vote and then slipping their personal agenda by through backroom deals.
I don't believe in parties. Many parties start off as advocates for the people, but at some point everything their politicians do is in the interest of maintaining the party's power. My views tend to reflect those of U.S. greens but on some things I imagine that even they won't be left enough for me.
I'm not a joiner of anything. Or at least very little. I have a very dim view of political parties. I think they are just another false religion. Another form of a personal interpretation of "truth" to use as a weapon.
i couldn't agree more. what i'm wondering is, in what other ways can people get together and represent wants and needs? if many people believe in the same wants and needs and join together, that's a group. there is a distinction between a group and a political party, and one is that when groups try to gain power they more and more start to become like a political party. it seems power and groups together lead to an inevitable model of a political party.
i dont pretend to know the end all resolve of this. the more i wonder the more i realise i dont understand, and the more questions i have. i'm just hoping that every political group who gains power does not have to turn into a typical political party. there has to be a better way!
That's really the danger of any organization, isn't it. The more organized and powerful they become the more power and money they have to thwart any who oppose. That's why I'm not really a joiner. Of course there are some benefits from organizations, and I'm not totally against organizing and coming together. But what I am against is that organizations for the most part, interpret their own ethics to their own benefit, much to the detriment of anyone not associate with them.
If ethics were universally applied and agreed upon, we actually wouldn't need organizations as we see and use them now.
So what I think is that as we individually live by ethics to the benefit of ourselves and others we associate with, the less we will need intrusive government or organizations that try to "police" them. It's a grass-roots approach. Do to others as you would have them do to you, and love your neighbor as yourself. There isn't a government that will promote that. There isn't even an organized religion that really demonstrates that. Lip service is cheap. Actions are the real indicators.
I think it starts with us as an individual. We make the change in us first, and demonstrate that in action to others. They make the change and demonstrate it also to others. We hope, in time, that it goes viral. Thus the destruction of greed, corruption and lust for power. (In theory.)
If we don't want the big money machines screwing us, then take your money and go to another smaller, reputable credit union or something. If we don't like the way mortgages are being handled, bought and sold, foreclosed on when they don't have to be, then we should form some type of co-op with rules that will allow for less malicious and predatorial lending practice.
In that regard, organizing can be highly beneficial. But experience tell us that gigantic corporations, big money machines, etc., are always going to be extremely detrimental to most people. We have to think smaller, not bigger. We have to think grass-roots and neighborhoods, not global. We have to think individual, not global population. Small scale is easily duplicated innumerable times around the world. The variations will always allow for the needs of local individuals that way, something that big organizations, corporations and governments CANNOT do.
"rules that will allow for less malicious and predatorial lending practice."
what an important sentence there.
all of what you said is common sense, but in todays world it sounds foreign, and it strikes me as genious, the genious of realising what we need as something a lot simpler than the confusion of the american government. i wish i could hear your words, your voice on a radio or television. its so refreshing to hear such important truth.
i hope in time common good and decency and respect does become viral, because here in the northeast, not every where but where i am, rudeness is rampant, and though i've lived here my whole life, i can't get used to it.
i was down in georgia last month for the first time on the bible belt, and there was almost no pressure, because people are not as much in a rush down there. driving down there, when they could be going 80 they go 60, when they can do 40 they drove 35. they're patient at stop signs, haha. up here people drive 50 in a 40 to each red light 100 feet away. in georgia, it felt like a huge weight off my shoulder. and then to come back up here north, was so hard, because i wanted that southern hospitality back.
thank you Daniel
I have a son-in-law who is headed into politics. He wants to hear my ideas. I don't know why. But I do believe in simplification rather than bigger organization. Unclutter life. The more you have, the more you have to maintain. Little is much.
You sound a lot like him, Daniel.
If you are as young as I think you might be, then get past being jaded and disallusioned about organizations, parties and governments, and get tough about the basics. That's where the rubber hits the road. The basics sustain life. Intelligence and brings quality.
I joined the Republican party back when I turned 18, like everyone else in my family.........
While my name is still found within the GOP membership I have long ago left the group, and am looking to, in time, establish a "coalition of the willing"....to push for increased labor power and dramatic immigration/economic reform....
I believe that loyalty is far too important a virtue to be wasted on any political party.
Few people realize that George Washington, in his farewell speech to congress, delivered a similar warning to the "Military/Industrial Complex" speech Eisenhower gave.
Washington warned against political parties.
How about we stick with the laws we have and enforce them? If we actually enforced the ones we came here on maybe people would consider it an honor rather then a right.
As soon as you can find a way to ensure everyone will contribute without incentive and you can make the bums that ride on handouts work call me I'm interested.
Im pretty much a libertarian/independant..
I just look at their take on view and make my decisions on this..I am not hardcore to the left or to the right. I really have no loyalty to any political parties.
I'm a moderate conservative and a member of the Republican party. Don't shoot me!
One day we will all be communists, so you might as well join now.
The party system has destroyed Democracy completely. How can it be Democratic when it takes millions to run a campaign and always with the risk of losing. This just guarantees that whoever you elect will first be super rich or a puppet of his backers. This is not representative of the people. In the UK the set-up is different but similar.
It is time to think of a new way of doing it that stops business from running the major players in the world.
There is no Democracy in the democratic systems. We should not be so surprised - it was invented by the Greeks, the government of that time of a slave owning society, the Magna Carta in England was a 'democratic' document but only for the lords who took the power from the king and shared it among themselves, and the Constitution of America was written on the same general basis as both the Magna Carta and the Greek original. No Democratic government has ever been for ALL the people.
New ideas are needed for a sane and balanced way of representing the whole population of each country.
I'm registered as an independent and have been all my life. Unfortunately in my state election rules bar me from voting in the primaries. I'm now considering changing my party affiliation depending on how I may want to vote in the primary. For example, in the 2008 election, I would have registered democrat so I could vote against Obama. We'll have to see about 2012, perhaps I'll register republican depending on who the choices are to face Obama, if he decides to run again.
if he runs again, than it's more proof about the oversized ego he has for his lack of accomplishments
Im a conflicted individual. I feel very attached to my conservative side, but honestly feel like many Republicans are ignorant racists, which prompts me to lean towards the left.
However, I am pretty religious and enjoy arguing with my very very liberal boyfriend!
Haha, I feel at times its fun to be in the middle
I like the one I like best because it seems to make the most sense.
I'll 86 the political part and join in on the party.
sorry canadian eh?
I have no political party. I think for myself. I am a budding anarchist with consevative tendencies.
I vote issues. Who ever has what I think is the best plan gets my vote. I typically lean right of center by alittle bit.
I am a constitutionalists because I believe in the ideals this country was founded on and I believe the Ten amendments should be the absolute rights which GOVernmant can not take away from us.
kickass statement man. getting more an more refreshed everyday here on hubpages, never anywhere else have i encountered so many people who believe in the constitution and what this country was founded on. i'm so happy to find out this is not a dead feeling. SO HAPPY!
Thank you!! The constitution is what this country was founded on and makes this country special. Our elected officials have forgotten this. I just hope its not to late to steer this country back to the days when the constitution was the Supreme Law
i'm curious, have you read 'common sense' by thomas paine. if you have, what'd you think of it? and if you haven't, check it out. you can get it free online, but i suggest buying the book. its better appreciated that way in my opinion. i wish i coudl read it in the old pamplett style it was originally released as. the book cost me 7 dollars, so well worth it. it came with an appendix as a reply to the quakers who disagreed with his non-pacifism.
No i have not but I will have to check that book out. Thanks
Daniel Loves, isn't GA grand? Glad you enjoyed your visit here!
Yen, you callin' me a ignernt racist???
yeah i loved it down there. i'll be selling my home here in new york soon, in a year or so, and i thought it would be harder, which it will be, this has been my home for 26 years, but seeing how nice it is outside of new york will make it easier to leave. i'lll always miss my hometown.
i'll probably be moving to waycross.
where in Georgia ya from?
I'm a right wing libertarian. I like freedom and dislike government.
I'm a Reform Druid. We care nothing of politics. We just love small bushes and gravel as opposed to Orthodox Druids that worship trees and large stones.
I'm a liberal progressive Democrat -- apparently the only one on this forum and so probably at great risk. I think that life on earth has gotten too complex over the last 100 years or so for us to survive if we don't act in concert. Serious coordination among nations. That requires governments. Governments, particularly in a representative system, some form of democracy, ARE the people. ("Vox populi, vox dei" -- the voice of the people is the voice of God.) Now the transnational corporations and their lobbyists do seem to have representative governments in a stranglehold, a headlock. But I have to hope that the people will prevail, that we still have time for the "vox Dei" to make itself heard -- as historically it always has, eventually.
It's no coincidence that "progressive" comes from the word "progress". These ideas were radically progressive in their time: Votes for women. Abolition of slavery. A 40-hour work week. Overtime pay. No taxation without representation.
I am supposed to be a democrat, but I don't feel like a democrat. I was always independant.
Plaid Cymru, the only party fighting for recognition of the problems in the Welsh valleys.
CYMRU AM BYTH!
Sometimes Communist. Sometimes Anarchist. Sometimes Progressive. All depends upon who I am trying to anger.
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