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teach1st

(5,939 posts)
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 06:52 PM Jul 2018

I became a Democrat today

Don't get me wrong - I've always voted for Democrats (except once, in a local race for Sheriff). It's just that my status has always been an Independent. I've never been a joiner, but I changed my voting status today, and I'm proud to say I'm a member of the Democratic party.

The Republican party is the party of Trump and cruelty and hate, and I'll vote for any Democrat over a Republican.

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I became a Democrat today (Original Post) teach1st Jul 2018 OP
Glad you finally joined.. Kahuna7 Jul 2018 #1
me too Larrybanal Jul 2018 #22
Welcome to the party! Aristus Jul 2018 #2
Thank you! And welcome MaryMagdaline Jul 2018 #3
Thanks for always voting for Democrats and I understand about the Sheriff. TexasProgresive Jul 2018 #4
In my case teach1st Jul 2018 #9
Disgusting pig, imo. NCTraveler Jul 2018 #16
Our sheriff is a good man and the only way he could get elected is to be R TexasProgresive Jul 2018 #27
now for the work --we MUST #GOTV--and welcome riversedge Jul 2018 #5
Welcome aboard! InAbLuEsTaTe Jul 2018 #6
Welcome home! 3catwoman3 Jul 2018 #7
I have many former students teach1st Jul 2018 #10
Thanks for jumping in the pool JHB Jul 2018 #8
We are awesome! Cary Jul 2018 #11
Welcome aboard! Downtown Hound Jul 2018 #12
At the time teach1st Jul 2018 #14
Welcome to the cool kids table!!! Maraya1969 Jul 2018 #13
A little while back I went from NPA to Democratic Party. NCTraveler Jul 2018 #15
Do you live in a red/purple area? lpbk2713 Jul 2018 #17
Florida teach1st Jul 2018 #19
Excellent. lpbk2713 Jul 2018 #20
Tampa Bay area teach1st Jul 2018 #21
Me too Clearwater Oppaloopa Jul 2018 #43
thank you AlexSFCA Jul 2018 #18
May I say... GetRidOfThem Jul 2018 #23
Welcome to the party!! blue-wave Jul 2018 #24
Welcome! gulliver Jul 2018 #25
Welcome Funtatlaguy Jul 2018 #26
Glad to have you msdogi Jul 2018 #28
Welcome! We're glad you're here. yardwork Jul 2018 #29
Welcome to the Party, teach! Cha Jul 2018 #30
Welcome, teach! NastyRiffraff Jul 2018 #31
Welcome, I"m sure many are glad to have you as Democrat, the more the merrier! George II Jul 2018 #32
Welcome! bitterross Jul 2018 #33
Welcome to Blueland! n/t Different Drummer Jul 2018 #34
Recommended. H2O Man Jul 2018 #35
I did the same in 2008 FakeNoose Jul 2018 #36
WELCOME! Silver Gaia Jul 2018 #37
Welcome! Puzzler Jul 2018 #38
Good for you ... and us. We aren't perfect, like anybody or any thing, KPN Jul 2018 #39
If we had 10 of these a day... yuiyoshida Jul 2018 #40
All I have to say is... Trumpocalypse Jul 2018 #41
I've long claimed "independence" out of some vague contrarianism, I guess... Orsino Jul 2018 #42
 

Larrybanal

(227 posts)
22. me too
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:55 PM
Jul 2018

but many many years ago...in CA if you register as independent you can not really vote in a primary

TexasProgresive

(12,171 posts)
4. Thanks for always voting for Democrats and I understand about the Sheriff.
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:01 PM
Jul 2018

Welcome. I always vote Democratic but in Texas along with a lot of states one can no register as a member of a party. It gets noted which primary we vote in, so there is that.

TexasProgresive

(12,171 posts)
27. Our sheriff is a good man and the only way he could get elected is to be R
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 08:03 PM
Jul 2018

He doesn't act like the rest.

teach1st

(5,939 posts)
10. I have many former students
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:08 PM
Jul 2018

And I'm having success with getting them to register. Almost all in the 18-24 year-old age range hate Trump.

Cary

(11,746 posts)
11. We are awesome!
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:09 PM
Jul 2018

I don't understand the negativity. We don't deserve that and it does not serve us well.

VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

Downtown Hound

(12,618 posts)
12. Welcome aboard!
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:11 PM
Jul 2018

Same thing happened to me. Many years ago, I was an independent who pretty much always voted Dem with a few regrettable forays into the Green Party. This board helped me see the error of my ways, and I've been a registered Democrat for more than 13 years now.

teach1st

(5,939 posts)
14. At the time
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 07:16 PM
Jul 2018

I thought I was to the left of the Democratic party. But I like the big tent and pulling together for our nation's success especially now with the Trump threat.

msdogi

(430 posts)
28. Glad to have you
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 08:06 PM
Jul 2018

I've never had many friends who are republican, but recently the few who were have proudly said they can no longer support that party and have changed their registration to Democrat. I'm sure there are many

George II

(67,782 posts)
32. Welcome, I"m sure many are glad to have you as Democrat, the more the merrier!
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 08:47 PM
Jul 2018

Hopefully you'll find that it's much better to work with a Party from within.

FakeNoose

(33,056 posts)
36. I did the same in 2008
Mon Jul 23, 2018, 09:19 PM
Jul 2018

After 36 years as a registered "independent" I joined the Democratic Party in 2008 because I wanted to voted for Hillary in the PA Democratic Primary. It looked like she wouldn't make it to the general election, but I wanted to give her my vote when it mattered. I have no regrets joining the Democrats because like you, I had been voting blue in every election anyway. But I was tired of being left out of the primary voting and it seemed like a good thing to do to help Hillary.

Now I know I'll never, ever vote for a Republican candidate - ever. I hope the GOP goes down the tubes for good.

Thanks for sharing your story teach1st!

KPN

(15,697 posts)
39. Good for you ... and us. We aren't perfect, like anybody or any thing,
Tue Jul 24, 2018, 12:53 AM
Jul 2018

but we are head, shoulders, waist, knees and ankles better than the R Party as far as what and who is best for all people in the nation, plus some. Thanks for joining what is really the only viable option for defeating fascism and achieving equal rights, opportunity and justice for all.

Orsino

(37,428 posts)
42. I've long claimed "independence" out of some vague contrarianism, I guess...
Tue Jul 24, 2018, 01:17 PM
Jul 2018

...but for a couple of decades the GOP has been evil enough that I've not dared vote for anyone but a Democrat, and that's how I've been registering.

I can't imagine the Democrat so terrible that I would consider voting Republican. Dems offer, if not always the greatest possible platform, the only realistic possibility for the progressive change we desperately need.

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