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Soubresaut's avatar

What are your thoughts on the political parties?

Asked by Soubresaut (12802points) March 3rd, 2011

I’m filling out my first voter registration form right now it’s very exciting

I’m at the part that asks if you’d like to affiliate with any political party, and if so, which one. I’ve personally never really liked the whole concept of parties, so I’ve always planned to be independent. But now, that the decision is here, I’d like to make sure I’m fully informed, and know all the ups and downs of all the options, before I make a choice in ink on an official document.

I’m going to be researching the different parties, and what exactly it means to affiliate with one or not, but I thought I’d tap into the infinite wisdom of all the jellies here while I’m at it.
Thoughts? Opinions?

Just for reference, this is what the form gives as options
– American Independent
– Democratic
– Green
– Libertarian
– Peace and Freedom
– Republican
– Other (____________)
– No (not registering to a party)

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16 Answers

coffeenut's avatar

Sorry I’ve never filled one out so….

Join the Coffeenut party under Other

CaptainHarley's avatar

To NOT join a political party is to forego a significant opporunity to influence the electoral process. As a member of a party, you help select that party’s candidates for office, rather than just being able to vote for the candidates slected by others. Belongling to a political party also gives you many opportunities to work as a volunteer for the candidate(s) of your choice.

12Oaks's avatar

Look at the parties, what they are for, not for, do and don’t do. See which youbest could affilliate yourself with. Remember, you will never agree with a party, or candidate, on 100% of all issues. You’d be lucky to get an 80% agreement. Never mind the history, what happened like 40 years ago. Look now, try to predict a future. If you like one, pick one, remember you could always change that later. You are also under no obligation to vote for every candidate in every race just because you register as such. So really, do a touch of research. Pick one you like, or none at all. Remember, too, it is your decision and you neither have to reveal that or explain to nobody. Good luck.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@CaptainHarley I have to disagree a little. I am a registered independant, but have worked for both Democrat and Republican candidates, sometimes in the same election cycle.

As an independant, I can work for the candidate I prefer, instead of being stuck with a party line.

CaptainHarley's avatar


Good point, and one I hadn’t considered. : )

buster's avatar

My party is called the oxymoron party. Nuclear and fossil fuels are illegal. Rich people are taxed out the ass. Drugs are legal. All guns are legal. Food and housing is free. Cars and gas cost about 50 times the present rate. Everyone farms. Rapist and cold blooded killers are killed. Schools parks and social programs are free to all. Big government is abolished. Be kind to everyone and all the creatures of the earth or die. Live by the golden rule. Kill everyone on Jersey Shore.

ETpro's avatar

Well, my first thought is that when George Washington warned, at the end of his presidency, that we should avoid political parties, he proved himself so incredibly prescient it makes me wonder if he was privy to a crystal ball. Both parties have gone too far supporting the rise of corporatocracy in America. If your state has open primaries, meaning you can vote in the primary election no matter what your party affiliation, I would definitely register as an independent. But if they have a closed primary, beaning only voters registered in a given party can vote in that party’s primary, then here are the fundamental differences between the only two that currently have much chance of winning on a national stage.

I’m not sure how you avoid partisan politics, but it is a grevious curse on national unity today. Watching the foolishness unfolding in Wisconsin right now, with the Republican Senate finding the Democrats in contempt for leaving the state, and then when they realized they don’t have the Constitutional authority to send State Troopers out to arrest them, thinking of hiring Dog the Bounty Hunter or some such. Our politics have come to a point of divisiveness I haven’t seen since Massive Resistance in the South after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954.

Ever since the Civil War, the South had voted as a monolithic block for one of the two political parties. Blaming Republicans like Abe Lincoln for their grief rather than their own attack on Fort Sumter, they were solidly Democratic for 100 years. They had a special brand of Democrats called Diexcrats who were fiscally conservative, favored the wealthy landed gentry over the poor, and supported segregating and apartheid. They were largely against any sort of move toward equality, whether it involved women, racial equality or the GLBT community.

When President Johnson sent federal troops into Selma in 1965 to enforce the Civil Rights Act, the Republicans, long languishing as a smaller party representing the corporate elite and the rich, saw an opportunity to make a deal with the racist devil they had always opposed. They appealed to the Dixiecrats to cross party lines, and we soon had the solidly red South. That split the South away from the Democratic Party, which had always been the representative of the working class in America, meaning most of the electorate.

At the same time, we also saw a transition in Republican strategy. Nothing will likely ever change the real party interest, supporting global mega wealth. That is where the bulk of their election funding comes from. But the problem the party always faced is that less than 2% of the US population is wealthy enough to benefit from that agenda over the long haul. You need over 50% to win elections. So the GOP crafted a strategy of appealing to values voters on every issue where emotions ran so strong that simply reaching out to those voters would ensure allegiance.

Republicans became the party of the Religious Right and Racism, which played beautifully in the South. They appealed to anti-gay prejudice, which resonated across most of the nation in the 1960s. The majority is straight. They went after the gun lovers. They went after tax hatters. Wow, lots of those. But the real purpose of the talking points turned out by right-wing think tanks is always the same. Support the interests of the billionaire corporatists who fund Republican Party and the right-wing think tanks..

filmfann's avatar

Some states are very friendly to independant voters. California is not one of them.
Connecticut is primarily independant voters, so it depends where you live.
Here is the breakdown in California:

– American Independent Wasted Vote
– Democratic Allowed to be in public
– Green Wasted Vote
– Libertarian Wasted Vote
– Peace and Freedom Wasted Vote
– Republican Asshole
– Other (____________) Wasted Vote
– No (not registering to a party) Not allowed to vote

SavoirFaire's avatar

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, it to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
—John Adams

I’ve never been registered in a political party and am generally opposed to them. I’d like candidates to be listed in either alphabetical or random order on ballots with no indication of who endorses them. That said, I currently live in an open primary state, which means I can vote in any primary I like (though only one per election cycle).

markferg's avatar

Now I understand the biggest flaw in the US political system.

You lack a ‘Monster Raving Loony Party’ .

Or, perhaps you have too many of them. One or the other applies.

incendiary_dan's avatar

“People in the United States used to make fun of the Soviet Union and the Politburo because the body of the latter was approximately 97 percent populated by communist members. What percentage of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives are capitalist party members [politicians who subscribe to the so-called free market system]?”

ETpro's avatar

@incendiary_dan Ha! Good point. I happen to know the answer to that one. Ignoring Tea Party labeling of all Democrats as communist, socialist, Nazis, the answer is that the US Congress is currently 99.8% capitalist and 0.2% Socialist. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the only Socialist among the 535 Members of Congress.

CaptainHarley's avatar


Then why, oh why, has effective control of entitlement programs eluded them???

SavoirFaire's avatar

@CaptainHarley Greed. Everyone in Congress likes entitlement programs. Keeps their constituents happy. They just disagree on which ones to keep and which ones to cut.

ETpro's avatar

@CaptainHarley That’s an even easier question. They all want to get reelected.

CaptainHarley's avatar

LOL! Ok, ok, I give! : )

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