I was raised to be independent. I've refused to list a party affiliation since I registered to vote in 1978 and plan to go to my grave as an Independent. I wasn't put here to serve the political parties; they exist to provide a framework from which I should be able to make an informed decision as to the person for whom I should vote. In my opinion, good government occurs when a variety of ideas and strategies are communicated, thought through, and if a compromise is needed, one is reached. This is not happening now because the bases on both sides are so heavily entrenched and fearful of the motives of 'the other side'. I typically lean liberal on social issues and moderate to conservative on fiscal ones. I guess this means I remain independent because neither of the major parties - Democrat or Republican - supports my views. I will tell you, though, that this election I plan to vote for more Democrats than Republicans, because I think the Republicans are far too entrenched in their mindset to see a good solution when the other side has it. Dems have that problem sometimes too, but not to the extent that the Republicans do. If my vote, and those of others who feel as I do, brings about a movement toward understanding and cooperation, that would really nice. I won't hold my breath.
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