- Posted October 25, 2012 by
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Why are you an independent?
With that statement, political parties do a lot of finger pointing which distracts people from the real issues. That is scary, because voters are so caught up in the political hype they are not taking the time to actually research the issues, many vote purely on political affiliation, and that political parties stance and plans, no matter how much one may agree with them in the past, may not be the best course of action for a particular issue. The finger pointing also leads to scapegoating amongst our politicians and the people responsible for giving them their position of power. People are so distracted by the separate sides, they blame an entire party for a mistake rather than the individual responsible for the mistake. Mourdock of IN being a perfect example. Just because he is ignorant doesn't make the entire Rep party ignorant. The same with the Clinton scandal, just because Bill was caught with his hand in the cookie jar doesn't mean the entire Dem party is that way. It is also a way for underhanded dealing because people are so distracted by the finger pointing that the people aren't paying attention to what the politicians are actually doing while in office. Legislation that should never been passed is being passed because folks are distracted, and then its too late.
Another issue with political parties is that it chokes out healthy competition within our political system and fresh ideals. We have seen this time and again with Ross Perot, Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, etc. These men all have some great ideas, and others not so great, at least in my opinion. However because they go against the status quo none are ever or have ever been seriously considered for president. For further proof of this, Americans should ask themselves when the last time was that we had a president that didn't affiliate with any political party.
All in all, political parties are damaging the very reasons our political system was set up the way it is to begin with. In addition, look at other countries and how the division of political parties is working out for them, not so well. Many of our forefathers deplored political parties for the very reasons I stated above. They lead to corruption, tyranny, and a whole slew of other issues. Corporations are able to corrupt them, lobbyists are able to corrupt them, and this isn't just Reps or Dems, its both parties. Special interest control both when the only interest that they should have is the betterment of America for America's people.
Finally I stated above that I was capable of thinking for myself. I don't need a Rep to tell me that I should have Second Amendment rights to bare arms, I know that I should have these rights because I'm intelligent enough to research the issue myself and weigh the pros and cons of it. I don't need Dems to tell me that women should have rights to their own bodies, because I'm intelligent enough to research the issue for myself. There are many out there like me who hold both what many call "liberal and conservative" views, but actually these are 'OUR" views because we take the time to research the issues ourselves and decide where we stand on them for "OURSELVES". We are also intelligent enough to know that there are exceptions to every rule, which is why we do not take the extremist route.
To drive the final point home: George Bush passed the Patriot Act which took rights from Americans such as First, Fourth, Fourteenth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth amendment rights which violates your property rights, privacy rights, etc. Obama passed NDAA which leads to the unlawful search and seizure of American citizens if they are suspected of terrorism, and takes away the same rights Bush took away with the Patriot Act. Both are of a separate party, however both have robbed Americans of their constitutional rights. Americans better start looking at the similarities amongst the parties rather than the differences, because the similarities are telling us more about the parties than the differences. If this continues, America isn't going to be so free anymore, and America's citizens are going to be the ones who pay the price, because in their ignorance of so willingly accepting a view or stance on an issue because of pretty words that a politician says or a political party tells them this is the view and stance they should hold. Wake up America, before its too late. Start thinking for yourselves.