To me it's funny the party that coined the phrase 'Big Tent' also coined the term 'RINO.' I personally think 'DINO' has a nice ring to it too, especially considering I grew up on Flintsrones reruns.
Seriously, each party has their own platform and core values. I interestingly find myself at odds with my party on some issues but especially at odds with its current culture. At the same time I'm sure as much as all parties would love for its followers to be in lock-step agreement with all of their positions and culture, everyone does have their own brain and is free to hold any position they want. Then what happens? Which party do you think is more accepting of its followers not towing their party's line? What happens when a republican supports an end to the oil oligopoly? What happens when a democrat supports a traditional definition of marriage? Can a Green Party member be pro-business? Can a Libertarian support government funded higher education? Is it better for more independent minded Americans to just have no party affiliation?
Sorry, iPad must have sensed the heat from my finger and thought I pressed save. No poll and cannot edit it in after the op is posted.