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I am not a Republican or Democrat

I have voted since 1972. I have voted for Republicans, Democrats and Independents. I always try to vote for the best man or woman for the office.

Sometimes it is hard. A case in point was the 2000 Presidential elections. I couldn't stand Gore. He figure he was so great that we had to vote for him. And Bush was Cheney's puppet so bad you could see Cheney's fingers in Bush's mouth when he spoke. I wrote in McCain who I supported.

I have voted for Ford, Reagan, Bush (Senior), Clinton, and Obama.

I vote for their policies that they pass. It is amazing how many politicians say one thing and do another. If I can meet them, I do so. Living in Portsmouth, NH every four years (they actually start much sooner) I get the chance to meet and talk to most of the candidates. And I am getting ready to write about each one I meet again. (I did this when I was a member of a writing group called Gather.)

So agree or disagree with me. I love listening to others opinions. And I will share mine.

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ChickJ wrote on March 28, 2015, 11:47 AM

But both topics are life. I rather talk about life then gossip or entertainment.

LeaPea2417 wrote on March 28, 2015, 12:06 PM

I have always voted Republican, but starting this year, I refuse to vote anymore because both parties are screwed up royally. I don't see any hope at all in either party. This country is beyond repair.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:27 PM

I don't agree that the country is necessarily beyond repair, what needs to happen is we need to turn down the government money spigot and get back to the way it used to be when people thought they needed to be self-sufficient. Far too much of our society sees the government as the provider instead of the supporter. I am all for supporting those in need, but I am totally against the total reliance on government handouts in order to survive. I will continue to vote Republican until I see anyone else willing to make the hard choices necessary to bring about that change.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:28 PM

I am with you 100%, gossip to me is totally pointless.

ChickJ wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:37 PM

I do agreed there is a group of people who goes from birth to the grave completely on government services. But too many Republican politicians see no problem taking money from corporations who then close factories that are making money. Then they build factories in foreign countries that work cheaper and means more profit to the top and shareholders. Which leaves hard working Americans with no jobs. (And these people really hate to go to the government for help.) I vote go for people who will help build jobs in the USA, regardless of which party they are from.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:36 PM

Please don't act like it is just the Republicans take money from corporations, this is one thing that galls me to no end about the left. They act only they are looking out for the little guy, the real truth is they are responsible for the government spigot I am referring too. Every time I turn around this President is announcing a new way to give away money and says the wealthy will be expected to pay for it. Well guess, the Democrats have not been responsible for any policies that have helped to create a single high paying, non-government related job. The majority of the jobs the Obama administration has been touting as creating are either low paying or part time positions. He is also responsible for the give away of hundreds of millions of tax dollars to foreign companies (China being one of them) and to so-called Green Technology companies that ended filing bankruptcy without having to reimburse taxpayers.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:43 PM

Forgive me but you sound just like someone else that posts here that claims not to be a Republican or Democrat but seems to only blame the Republicans for everything they find wrong in the U.S.

FourWalls wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:45 PM

I think the most dangerous thing in America is the person who obstinately refuses to educate himself/herself on the issues and vote according to his/her beliefs based on what the candidate stands for, voting instead for the (D) or (R) after the candidate's name. I wish more people would do what you do instead of "I'm voting Republican because my dad was a Republican" or "I'm a Democrat, my mother was a Democrat, my mom's mom was a Democrat, and I'll only vote Democrat." I've voted all along the spectrum myself. Kentucky's late former Democratic senator, Wendell Ford, got my vote every time he was on the ballot...even when I voted for Ronald Reagan for president.

JohnRoberts wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:52 PM

Hmmm......could you mean someone who writes with sound and fury and claims to be balanced and independent and yet only one side seemed to be responsible for the ill of the universe?

JohnRoberts wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:54 PM

How about those who vote in accordance of whom they think will give them free stuff like food stamps?

JohnRoberts wrote on March 28, 2015, 2:56 PM

You are correct. Obama gave how much money to Egypt? Both sides are guilty but only the supporters of one side will stand by all innocent and never fess up to culpability and always blame the other side.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 3:02 PM

Yep, you hit the nail right on the head.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 3:04 PM

That is exactly what a certain party hopes continues to happen and aim all of their efforts toward that group.

ChickJ wrote on March 28, 2015, 3:45 PM

Sorry. I should have listed Democrats who do the same thing. I should have said politicians, instead.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 28, 2015, 3:49 PM

That would have been completely different and I would have agreed with you.

morilla wrote on May 3, 2015, 10:18 PM

I put it that I'm fiscally conservative, socially independent, etc. I'm registered with a Party so I can vote; but, that Party is not what it was decades ago. Actually, none of them are. The problem I have these days is that both 'sides' see the Government as the solution; i.e., both Democrats and Republicans tend toward "Big Government" these days. Both also tend to play to stereotypes which haven't existed in some years, even if the stereotype had some validity to begin with. In short, the way I tend to phrase it anymore is that I'd like to get back to voting FOR someone instead of casting my vote AGAINST "the other one." Unfortunately, I don't see that happening beyond the local level for some time to come.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 18, 2015, 5:17 PM

I am a conservative Republican, but with the way the RINO Republicans don't stand firm on any issue and cave let the left have their way, I am repulsed by the Republican Establishment and I loath the leftist Democrats. If a true conservative doesn't get the Republican nomination in 2016, I wont vote.