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Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:02 AM

I am no longer a Democrat. [View all]

I haven't left the party; the party has left me. I am now an independent and I will vote my conscience, period. I will not "get fooled again." It's bad enough to watch a Republican I didn't vote for destroy the country; it's much more painful to watch a Democrat I DID vote for and believe in continue the same policies I railed against when the Republican was in office. NEVER AGAIN. I will be closely scrutinizing any candidate, whether for president or any other office, to see whether their past actions match their present rhetoric. If they don't, I'll be voting Green if it's available or leaving it blank otherwise. I will not vote for the 'lesser of two evils' thus endorsing the two-party system which is hopelessly corrupt and controlled by money which is the 'root of all evil.'

What you do is up to you.

Ban me. It won't change the reality that MILLIONS are thinking exactly as I am thinking right now and we won't be fooled again. Supreme Court or no Supreme Court, Jeb Bush or no Jeb Bush, this is how it's gonna be. The Democratic Party better come up with an alternative to Hillary Clinton that's acceptable to me if they want my vote in 2016

EDIT - Proof that millions are thinking like me:

http://www.people-press.org/2012/06/04/section-9-trends-in-party-affiliation/

The number of political independents has continued to grow, as both parties have lost ground among the public. Based on surveys conducted this year, 38% describe themselves as independents, up from 32% in 2008 and 30% in 2004.

The proportion of independents is now higher than at any point in more than two decades. Looking back even further, independents are more numerous than at any point in the last 70 years. (For trends in party identification from 1939-2012, see this interactive feature.)

Meanwhile, the percentage of self-described Democrats has fallen from 36% four years ago to 32% today. Republican identification has remained largely stable over this period (24% today, 25% in 2008). In 1991, however, there were nearly equal percentages of Republicans (31%), Democrats (31%) and independents (33%).


Republican percentage went up 1%, Independents went up 6% and Democrats dropped by 4% from 2008 to 2012. That's millions. Clearly it's the Democrats losing members. They'll be losing even more by 2016 if this trend continues.

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