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  •  Some, not most, Independents do (3+ / 0-)

    have a party preference, and sometimes it appears as if we have a party preference because one party or the other more closely aligns with our individual political beliefs.  As I said, appearances can be deceiving. We Independents resist the concept of a 2 party system because it limits choices, limits actions, limits solutions. We don't vote for the other party "just to prove" our Independence, we vote for other parties because they align with our issues and are sometimes a step in the direction we want things to go.

    Appearances aren't always the reality.

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    by Noddy on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:26:00 AM PST

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    •  what I hear from all of this is that the media's (4+ / 0-)
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      version of an 'independent'; someone who thinks both parties have it half right and splits tickets exactly down the middle, is bull pucky.

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      by kamarvt on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:55:03 PM PST

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      •  True. I don't think both parties (2+ / 0-)
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        have it half right.  On some issues, one party is more aligned with our stand on issues, and the other party sometimes matches up closer.  When neither major party aligns too closely, being Independent gives us the freedom to select the one that comes closest or vote for a third party, if that third party comes close.  We don't feel obligated to support a party simply because we belong to it or our parents belonged to it.  I've never voted a straight party ticket.

        One thing many Independents I know want to do is break the 2 party system up  to open politics up a little more, give us better representation and choices, and allow better people to run for and be hired (voted) in to office.

        We think a three or multi-party system would ultimately give us greater control over our elected employees.

        But rather than asking us, we get told we don't "pay attention" and are "lazy", and won't admit we really belong to one of the major parties.

        I don't expect the media to get it right.

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        by Noddy on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:28:00 PM PST

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