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I Used to be a Republican, but...

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I used to be a Republican until Bush's 2nd term election. I was dumbfounded how he got re-elected,"Fool me once...". Anyhow, it was at that time that I saw, clearly, that Republicans had completely abandoned their conservative values. Still today, when I hear a Republican say that the Stimulus is a good thing but that it needs to changebefore it is a good bill, I cringe. The Stimulus goes against everything conservative and any real conservative would be completely against it, not partially against it.

Unfortunately I see little difference these days between Republicans and Democrats and I blame them both for screwing up this nation. What is ironic is that Bush's second term was much better than his first.

Anyhow, it all made me think more about what I believe in. I decided and then a few months later I found the Libertairian party whose principles mirror mine almost to a tee.

I no  longer vote for Republicans or Democrats for two reasons. The first is that  I don't like the candidates either party puts forth, but then again, I wasn't a big fan of Bob Barr (Libertairian candidate) either. The second reason is that I think the idea of two parties only has hurt us as a nation. I understand the argument in favor of it, but I believe that we are seeing the perils of it now. When both parties start to look the same and then they bandy the candidates in front of you, tell to choose one or the other and then call this a democracy, I laugh. This is not freedom.

Remember when our choice was George Bush, a failed president or Kerry. a true putz? Bush only won because the other guy was horrendous. That wasn't freedom, that was something trying to look like democracy. I want real choices, serious ones. I want to be able to choose more than just between two parties that might as well be one.

When people don't vote, I get mad for all the same reasons that you do. However, what is someone to do when none of the candidates even remotely represent them. When neither of the candidates seems like they are hitting on allcylinders? What is someone to do when their two choices are dumb a nd dumber, corrupt and more corrupt. I can see how someone can feel very disenfranchised in this system.

The candidates and their parties have gotten so far off the track that I had to make up my own (track that is).

Comments(8)

John Hersey
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - York, PA
e-PRO Realtor

I hope someday we can have a true third party option that could actually have the numbers and (unfortunately) enough money to make it happen.

Feb 25, 2009 06:52 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I would not automatically rule out everyone in the republican party.There are still some conservatives left that could and would make a difference!

Feb 25, 2009 09:11 AM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC

I agree with Mike - My senator, Jim DiMint is a true conservative, and Gov. Sanford is getting a lot of attention lately. Lindsey Graham - not so much...

Feb 25, 2009 10:19 AM
Tim Rogers
Coaches Corner Radio...The Real Estate Guy - State College, PA

I think folks should consider the individual and not the party affiliation.  Arlen Spectre as a Republican-hardly.  I watch politicians actions rather than their pontifications since what they do is much more important than the bilge they spill from their lips.

It's the individual rather than the party that should determine your support.

Tim

Feb 25, 2009 12:17 PM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

I myself am not going to abandon the Republican Party. I believe we need to remove those who are rhinos (republicans in name only) and take back our party. It can and will happen, the liberals will self distruct, there way of ruling is repressive and proved it failure all over the world in socialism.

Feb 25, 2009 01:11 PM
Brian & Marie Spray
www.DFWAreaRealtors.com - Action Realty Group - Frisco, TX
Frisco TX Realtors

I'm kind of with Nicholas.  Although I got my Republican card in the mail a few weeks ago I almost felt like cutting it up.  But, we have to be realistic and realize there will never be enough numbers to make a 3rd party viable and strong politically.  I also believe the Dems and Obama are horribly overreaching, insulting many hard working people in this great country and that they will pay for it next election cycle.  The "Repubs" who voted for Obama should be kicking themselves about now.  Have any of you heard Obama speak about the new budget this morning?  He's blaming just about everything wrong right now on the last administration!  He is re writing history, the media is going along with it and we all have to fight back!!! 

Feb 26, 2009 03:20 AM
x Bye Bye
x - Bay Minette, AL
Delete Account

I am a Libertarian; but I have never voted for a Libertarian in a federal election.  Who I do vote for are Conservatives- Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc..- I really do not care. I also do not think most politicians in Washington are true Conservatives.

Feb 26, 2009 10:51 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Unfortunately this country is a two party system...thus, I vote values, not party!

Mar 04, 2009 09:59 AM