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  • Linda Noel-Duquesnel
    commented 2024-05-25 17:25:34 -0400
    My defining moment was after Obama. I realized that he was no different than all the other Dem/Rep before him. Those two parties tell you what they think you want to hear, then once in office, they don’t keep their word. I don’t like the fact that this country pushes only Dem/Rep candidates in our faces, but doesn’t take the time to showcase the other parties’ available candidates. I feel that the Blue and the Red are only out for themselves, their rich cronies, and the elite of this country. I choose to vote Independent because I want the ability to choose who I want, not just from the lesser of two evils.
  • Bobby Wesley
    commented 2024-05-25 12:18:56 -0400
    Track records of the official bribe excepting traders of these past 22 years in The United States of America 🇺🇸 have deceived us daily with never ending war based on lies, deceiving us daily as demonstrated on American couch idol programming and promotions of division television 📺 MSM and not allowing the documented facts of these past 22 years in The United States of America 🇺🇸 to reach the American people so they can make important decisions based on fact.
  • Carol Wright
    commented 2024-05-24 14:32:01 -0400
    I am 79 yo. In my lifetime I have witnessed Our American voting system falsely tell our voters what they , the politicians, were going to do to improve our lives,family life,government, ect. Only to discover most of the promises where either untrue, halftrues . I nolonger care for the 2 party system, perhaps a 3rd party can give clarity to our political problems and or just another choice.
  • Roby Roberts
    commented 2024-05-24 12:36:13 -0400
    I have always followed our founding fathers and this quote from Thomas Jefferson speaks of the importance of individual thinking.

    thinking for myself"

    -— Thomas Jefferson To Hopkinson, 1789

    I am not a federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction, is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
  • Roby Roberts
    commented 2024-05-24 12:33:57 -0400
  • Doris Turner
    commented 2024-05-24 11:17:33 -0400
  • Norbert White
    commented 2024-05-24 08:10:25 -0400
    I don’t need anyone to tell me how I should vote. I should be able to vote in everything just like anyone else. The only one that tells me what to go is God. Have a great day.
  • daniel mark
    commented 2024-05-24 01:09:06 -0400
    i believe that in a land of freedoms, we share many responsibilities within our communities, our nation and our planet. We need to be reasonable, caring and wholistic. That means listening to and trying to understand the needs of ALL people, regardless of race, language, gender, religion, politics… Those that are fiercely one-sided tend to be out of balance and therefore reckless or even dangerous to some degree. The independents that I know tend to be better educated and are willing and able to see, consider and work with multiple perspectives. This allows us to be more peaceful, compassionate and understanding.
  • Ronald Jennings
    commented 2024-05-23 23:26:14 -0400
    The Israel-Palestine conflict has taught me so much about the two-party system, and more importantly, western powers. The conservatives and liberals alike have demonstrated that they are incapable of listening to the will of the people and that they are always divided, EXCEPT, when it comes to funding war and suffering abroad. They are divided on issues that would actually help working class Americans. It’s like that old quote from Malcolm X: “Conservatives and liberals may be likened to a wolf and a fox. The wolf wants what it wants and it doesn’t care what you think. It doesn’t care if it has the moral high ground. He’ll show his teeth and try to eat you. The fox also shows its teeth, but it pretends to smile. In this way, the liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives. They lure us with their crocodile tears and their false hopes so that we run from the wolf and into the jaws of the “smiling” fox. Conservatives will be honest about their disdain for you, but a liberal will fight tooth and nail to convince you that they are on your side, only to do the same thing as the conservative does.” This is why I became and independent. I believe that third party voters and candidates are vital to restoring America’s democracy.
  • Terry Ballentine
    commented 2024-05-23 23:16:19 -0400
    I registered to vote and cast my ballot in my first election in 1976 for Jimmy Carter as a new and excited member of the Democratic Party. I remained staunch supporter and party strong with every local, state and national election for the following 48 years. I held the same ideals, principles on social, religious and economic issues. I respected our country’s position on the world stage; humanitarian efforts and fight for progressive values for all peoples of the world, until it was t. I left the party in October 2023 and could not get out fast enough. With Joe Biden’s words, “I am a Zionist”. I lived and worked in Gaze. I know these people, their culture, their religion, their beliefs. I’ve slept im their homes. I’ve eaten in their homes. I watched TV with families not understanding a single word. I had to collect rodents throughout the strip in a clandestine Fashion to have caregivers for the sick in Baptist Hospital. Students would miss days from work because the occupation forces would enter homes without cause and detain these young men stripped, sacks over their heads sometimes kneeling sometimes forced to stand for hours for no cause but to insight terror. I myself stood at the end of an IOF soldiers weapon after taking pictures for my slide show once home in the U.S. My white American privilege got me out of that one. We had to leave the strip and usually drive to Jerusalem or shorter to Ashkelon to collect potable water in containers or boil our water in Gaza. No bottle water to get in 1982-83. No internet, no cell phones. Under occupation. After my country’s response as an active role in apartheid, occupation, collective punishment, starvation, and Genocide. I could not be associated or anymore complicit than I already Am by virtue of national citizenship. When I saw protesters calling for ceasefire and end to murdering thousand upon thousands of innocent men woman and children and democrats response was equal to that of republicans, white supremacist , American Nationalists, I knew democrats and republicans are much more alike than they are different. I was asked if I was a one issue voter after changing my voter registration to independent. No, I’m at least a 40 thousand issue voter and counting. We voters in this country are consistently left to vote for the lesser of two evils, I thought that was democratic nominee, I drank to kool-aid. This go around there are no lesser of two evils. No longer party affiliated and no one to cast a vote for. I am frightened.
  • Tony Knight
    commented 2024-05-23 19:58:24 -0400
    I don’t participate in voting because I’ve learned that the system was rigged from the start against democracy as the minority wealthy landowners congregated to protect their interests over those of the majority and the system we now have is a duopoly at best and an oligarchy at worst. Neither party serves the interests of the people but rather the interests of the rich. I believe it is beyond reform and as a wise man once said”when the system no longer serves it’s citizens it is their duty to overthrow it and replace it with a new one “
  • Edward Scott
    commented 2024-05-23 17:59:37 -0400
    I am almost 67 and I’ve always been an independent. I remember being taught about both parties in high school. I remember thinking, those are my options? I immediately thought, no thanks. I vote democrat because the republican party is/was so much worse. We need more political parties. Now, more than ever, these two parties don’t represent everyone.
  • Edward Scott
    commented 2024-05-23 17:54:57 -0400
  • Deborah Hopper
    commented 2024-05-23 17:47:48 -0400
    I don’t vote party. I’m sick of the behavior of some in both parties. I vote for the person I think will do the best job. Party doesn’t matter. Our Congress is not working for the everyday American. They are to busy playing politics and fighting. When did it become wrong for bi-partisanship? There are individuals in Washington that I feel want all the attention. It makes our country look bad. I’m a proud American and am ashamed of the garbage going on in Washington. We are literally not getting anything done except fighting each other. UNITED WE STANDDIVIDED WE FALL!! The parties are so divided!!
  • Edward Jones
    commented 2024-05-23 17:40:34 -0400
  • Christopher Shookla
    commented 2024-05-23 17:39:04 -0400
    I am not an independent voter I’m a Democrat and I support Joe Biden
  • Eliud Lopez
    commented 2024-05-23 09:47:07 -0400
    I am tired of voting for the status quo. Both parties are for war, invasions, world control. Enough!
  • Mark Snyder
    commented 2024-05-22 20:50:57 -0400
    I had been registered Democrat since I turned 21, but I often voted for a better candidate in another party. I am now registered as an Independent to match my thought processes on voting for the candidate rather than a single party. I feel the two major political parties are now more extremist than centrist and I feel they are tearing this country apart.
  • Melinda Franklin
    commented 2024-05-22 11:38:23 -0400
    It’s complicated. But you already know that.
  • Javier Hernandez
    commented 2024-05-20 11:19:12 -0400
    First generation immigrant, who realizes the reason his family immigrated here no longer exists in major political and media landscapes
  • Pamela Harbin
    commented 2024-05-19 23:53:30 -0400
    I feel that the requirement to vote under a choose two party system has created greater division than good for the “Common People “. Legislature can be bought and sold based on the parties affiliation.
  • Anne Brown
    commented 2024-05-19 11:02:11 -0400
  • Flor Colon
    commented 2024-05-18 09:13:39 -0400
    I used to consider myself a Democrat thru out the years I have learned that the Democrat party is just as corrupt as the Republican Party. There isn’t a party in the USA that represents the values of the majority of Americans. I want to be able to choose a candidate that is not beholden to a specific party but to the people it represents. I am tired of having to choose the best of two bad candidates. I want a True Democracy!
  • Amanda Menard
    commented 2024-05-18 08:18:06 -0400
    I am an independent voter because I want the freedom to choose my candidate based on their political stance on issues that are important to me and not because of what party they belong tom.
  • Gc Ray
    commented 2024-05-17 15:15:35 -0400
    Because the world state right now forced me into a position where I couldn’t do anything I wanted to do. The country is run by a two party system which is broken and unjust and we need to fix it by changing voting patterns by voting third party and end the two party system
  • Bill McCutcheon
    commented 2024-05-17 11:41:57 -0400
  • Roger Myers
    commented 2024-05-17 11:36:12 -0400
    Born and raised in the Deep South (Louisiana) and a Navy veteran, one would expect my loyalty to the Republican Party. But, like religion, when one group tells me what to believe or not believe or infringes upon my freedom of choice, I do not wish to follow any particular party. I will chose my candidate based on experience, not on what PAC tells me to.
  • Steve Thiel
    commented 2024-05-17 09:17:53 -0400
    Because neither one of the political parties care about the working or middle class Americans in this country and independent should be allowed in debates also
  • Kay Beesley
    commented 2024-05-17 09:16:06 -0400
    I lean firmly towards the Left. Always have, probably always will. But I’m so tired of the Democratic Party relying on ineffectual “lesser of two evils” campaigns. The two party system, as it stands now, has only strengthened the resolve of radicalized candidates while weakening moderates that could bring bipartisan common sense to the table. Republicans used to run on having smaller government, now they want to legislate every book and bathroom break. Democrats, flip side, say they are the humanitarian, caring party, while supporting drone strikes and genocide and not doing nearly enough work to actually appease their main voter poll. Reading the comments below, I don’t have a lot in common with some folks on this page. However, I want to assure any conservatives reading this that the Left, the true Left, hates the current Democratic Party just as much as you do. We deserve not only better candidates, but a destruction of the notion that we have to settle for the “lesser of two evils”. And before I jump off my soapbox, I have three more words: ranked choice voting.
  • Brian Horgan
    commented 2024-05-16 22:07:09 -0400
    I am a staunch Trump supporter but other than him and a few republicans (Jim Jordan, Matt Gates. Tim Scott and a few others)

    They mostly complain yet do little. Our country is on the verge of being taken over by power hungry lunatics. It is time for real Americans who love this country to take it back