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ELECTION: Go beyond political party affiliation

Letter by Dan Mills, University Place on Oct. 18, 2012 at 11:02 am with No Comments »
October 18, 2012 12:11 pm

In this great nation of ours there are many, perhaps the majority of the people, who state their views through political party affiliation though they may disagree with large sections of that party’s platform. These people do not wish to be labeled, but have no choice as the only “mainstream” choices are Democrat or Republican or minor parties generally founded as the product of some specific grievances.

Where do people go who are fiscal conservatives and social moderates or fiscal moderates and social conservatives or some range in between? They are castigated by both mainstream political parties (MPP) as people who don’t know their own minds. They are an anathema to the MPP leaderships because they are independent thinkers and thus a threat to party leadership, power and control.

With national and local elections in November, and a national 13 percent approval rating of incumbents, now is the time to look very closely at all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican, and ask ourselves: Does each person I’m voting for represent my basic beliefs? And of those who do, does it really make a difference if they are labeled Democrat or Republican?

If your answer to the first question is yes, then, hopefully your answer to the second question will be to throw off the shackles of party affiliation and vote your core belief. In the absence of choice two, you will be electing the same people and expecting a different result.

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