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  • Yes I have (how many tmes)

    56 62.22%
  • No I have not (ever considered it)

    13 14.44%
  • I have never aligned myself politically with any party

    19 21.11%
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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I'm not so inclined to say Paul should have been given a seat in the cabinet. That would be cool, but that's not how decisions should be made. It really angered me, and many others, that they feared Paul's influence and possible shakeup of the convention, that they changed the rules in the middle of the process.

    I will never forgive those responsible for such a boneheaded move. Had they payed the game fair, rather than underhanded, I would have voted for Romney. No my favorite at all, but in many ways I do like him.
    Ron Paul would have truly been good on the Cabinet, no matter why the decision would have been made. I think the reality of politics is with only two parties that win everything, there has to be compromise and inclusion of a wide range of people and ideas. That usually is the positive thing about a two party system, both theoretically cannot be too extreme otherwise they lose. It keeps both parties from going off the deep end (usually). IMHO.

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Actually what would be interesting, Ron Paul as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    I would say less changed and more refined. Barring some kind of huge shift like the movement of southern segregationists from D to R, I can't imagine ever voting Republican. There is basically no interest of mine that they represent. But I've certainly altered my views on a lot of specific issues, and that sometimes manifests in various third party votes.
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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    From one Viking to another.

    Why don't you just vote third party? The 21st century democrats are just as bad as the republicans? Do you really consider them the lesser of two evils?
    The Democrats are not as bad as the Republicans, and it is not close.

    Events of 2007-8 left no doubt that most Democrats WERE willing to save
    the international economy from collapse and most of the Republics were
    NOT willing to save it.

    I also think there there should be higher income taxes, and I favor drastically
    increased regulation of the financial class and its instruments, which puts me
    at odds with the Libertarians, who I have no more use for than the Republicans.

    I also consider Obama to have done a fine job considering the complete mess
    he inherited (two wars and a tanked economy), and I think the economy would
    be much better off if not for legislative sabotage by the Republican-controlled
    House of Representatives.

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    I would rather be Libertarian Left than Democratic Party these days. Mostly due to gun and privacy rights. The problem is that there's never a candidate for high office in my group. So I remain a registered Democratic Party member and vote accordingly. I did vote that I'd changed, but maybe not so much after all. It's confusing at best.

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    And that's why you said it, right. You knew someone would see you logic...
    I can't tell if you're being intentionally obtuse or not

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    As the man said. "If you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're older, you have no head."



    I myself have shifted position on a few things - for example, Abortion.
    Isnt that a Churchill quote?

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by instagramsci View Post
    Isnt that a Churchill quote?
    No, he never said it, but many people attribute the quote to him.

    The idea is that when people are young they are idealist. They think the world can be better, that the rich are somehow keeping the poor down, that people should be helped by the government, etc. When people grow older they learn that life is not fair, that hard work is how your make your life better and that you can't truly help someone by giving them what they need.

    Of course, as someone that never was a liberal I don't happen to find much merit in the idea that idealism is a sign of someone with a heart, but just the sign of someone being foolish and naive.

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    No, he never said it, but many people attribute the quote to him.

    The idea is that when people are young they are idealist. They think the world can be better, that the rich are somehow keeping the poor down, that people should be helped by the government, etc. When people grow older they learn that life is not fair, that hard work is how your make your life better and that you can't truly help someone by giving them what they need.

    Of course, as someone that never was a liberal I don't happen to find much merit in the idea that idealism is a sign of someone with a heart, but just the sign of someone being foolish and naive.
    That bit about hard work making your life better sounds more like idealism to me

    I've known people who have worked hard their entire lives and have next to nothing to show for it

    Also are you implying that I'm a liberal

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    Re: How many times (if any) have you changed your political affiliation?

    When I first registered to vote I was a Republican, because my parents were. Within a decade or so, although I remained a registered Republican, I realized that I was voting for more and more Democrats, and my views on various ballot initiatives were split... sometimes I voted with conservatives, sometimes with liberals, depending upon the issue.

    Somewhere in the '90's the partisan venom became untenable, with the first 4 yrs of Bill Clinton's term...a man I had not voted for, btw... being devoted to getting him out of office instead of governing the country. Pissed me off. I did vote for him the second time, and although I continue to this day voting equally for republican and democratic candidates, and voting on issues rather than ideologies, I became an Independent. I still am.

    So I guess I actually "changed" my political affiliation once.

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