I don't like to call myself an independent or for that matter a democrat - even though I support OUR President 100%
I don't consider that agreeing with someone who makes sense also automatically defines my politics. I prefer zero politics and 100% intelligence which nowadays are mutually exclusive.
It is true that the Democratic party represents more of what I believe in than the GOP - but that doesn't make me a democrat.
Nor is an individual who advocates fiscal sanity in Government spending and spending priorities automatically a conservative or a republican. Many on the right and some on the left are radicals.
Many democrats and republicans hold their noses while voting - but it is not a problem as long as most of us use common sense and step away from all the noise of the media.
It's becoming more and more difficult to find objectivity in the corporate owned and sponsored news media although there is no shortage of slogans like "fair and balanced". News is now homogenized with political opinion and woven into a web of deceit and lies that changes color almost daily to synch with the viewer ratings.
"Leaning forward" on MSNBC you at times must avoid dosing off from their polite approach to politics since Keith has left and then moving forward with FOX you stand a good chance of falling off an ideological cliff straight down to hell.
In both cases we have extremes - yet there IS a difference. The truth.
I won't tell you what I think the truth is ... because I could be wrong. That's where your common sense comes into play.
I flip the channels from CNN to FOX to MSNBC and occasionally to HLN to relax.
I wonder at times if those broadcasters I listen to really believe what they say ... since there are news producers constantly yelling into their ear pieces - who dictate priorities and agenda and additions and omissions based on revenues and not the news.
Can we form our own opinions? How about when we get off the couch and look around and think back to years ago?
Do we need polls and pundits to determine what we think? Do we need opinions to form our own opinion?
For example we all know that we can't simply stop using credit or stop spending without stopping something else.
Less food, a smaller apartment or home, a less expensive vehicle ... less phone calls, shut off the lights, lower the temperature on the thermostat ....
The GOP one dimensional and radical approach to cutting spending is designed to win votes - one by undermining the economic recovery and two by deflecting from the money they have pumped into the pockets of the wealthy. You know ... the tax cuts for the rich. Remember?
In the case of wealthy individuals what are they sacrificing when they pay more taxes? Food, education, shelter, clothing?
If you are wealthy which party do you belong too? If you are Trump your a republican if you are Buffett you are a democrat.
What party do you belong too?
We are all independent when it comes to common sense.
I find myself using the word "other" more and more .... because there is no party that can represent how I feel our nation should be governed. I think everyone should simply have a computer and vote on-line with line item veto power. The country can be run by referendum - instead of by polls. At least everyone gets a say!
We must all constantly remind ourselves that WE are the Government - and when WE seek to reduce self-Governance at the insistence of those who wish to disenfranchise us - we are becoming an anarchy.
Some GOP State Governors are anarchist's. Seeking to weaken and eliminate laws that protect everyone and create new laws that cater to their constituents.
The justification for bypassing democracy is money as always - in this case reducing spending on what humans need to live.
How about reducing what wealthy people will never spend? instead of workers salaries which are used to purchase food, clothing and shelter? :opinion