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Why I am Independent

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I am Independent because, let’s face it, there is not that much difference in the two main parties. Neither party is willing to change the old status quo; both parties promise big changes but, in the end, they do nothing different. 

Our founding fathers warned against parties or different factions in government. The parties divide people to keep their power. Drop partisan labels, and it’s easier to drop a partisan mindset and avoid partisan reflexes to good or bad policy. The two main parties aren’t so different. For example, what if all the millions raised by the RNC went directly toward causes Republicans support like supplying medical care, counseling, financial aid and adoption services to young mothers who don’t want to abort but cannot afford to carry to term? 

What if all the money the DNC raised had gone straight toward causes Democrats support, like setting up a charitable trust to supply health insurance for children of low-income families? 

Parties are often more interested in power than policy. Parties love to play red team-blue team. For many party functionaries, it becomes more about getting people with the right letter next to their name elected, and less about making life better for the people they represent. 

The same exact party will act radically different when it’s in power than when it’s not, then will criticize the other party for doing exactly as they did. This has happened in multiple branches of government at multiple levels of government. We have all seen it happen; it is happening right now. 

Members of both political parties ran up the national debt, authorized the president to take us to war, bail out rich corporations with middle-class and poor workers’ money, passed and renewed the Patriot Act and got us to where we are today! Not the independents. 

If you don’t like the status quo, remember it was parties that brought it.

No “independent-controlled” Congress can be blamed for the status quo. Democrats, were you honestly happy with President Obama? Republicans, are you truly happy with President Trump? Does anyone honestly believe if Democrats had full control of the entire government for twenty years, or if Republicans had full control of the entire government for twenty years– that at the end of either time our country would be better off?

The whole leftwing / rightwing dichotomy is nonsensical. We are told our entire lives to think outside the box, but when we think about something as nuanced as public policy, we try to cram the entirety of our views into a single, one dimensional line. That makes no sense at all. Parties perpetuate the silly linear model of political ideology. Parties spend most of their time and energy fighting about the things they disagree on and almost no energy passing the inarguably simple, common sense and desperately necessary reforms that most Americans agree need to be passed. 

Policies are more important than personality, and parties often become cults of personality for this or that rising star within the party. You know what I’m talking about.

This why I am an Independent.