Registered Republican since I turned 18.
Registered Republican since I turned 18.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Its actually a single issue part about copyright reform, but pirate party sounds much cooler.A political party based on the ideology of Piracy
"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."
Washington's Farewell Address - Wikisource
Registered Independent here as well. While I do not follow one party or another exclusively I feel the republicans generally follow my ideals more closely. But to me registering as a republican or democrat screams of blindly following a party which I am not about. I would rather vote for a Dem that I felt was honest and open and genuinely there to help the people over a Rep that I feel is dishonest and corrupt even if he claims to follow my ideals more closely. My view is neither side is about the country so much is its about their own agendas. Frankly I have had enough of all of them.
I'm still waiting for some sort of real labor party to form in the USA. That'll be the day, eh?
"We may have destroyed this country, but we got rich doing it!" --The GOP
There is a special place in hell for those who care only about themselves.
Neither a liberal nor a conservative be;
I am a Democrat.
The Republocrats stand for status quo, and as I am not in tune with the status quo I can't support either side of that coin.
I'm libertarian, thus I am currently most aligned with the LP.
Last edited by Ikari; 09-09-09 at 09:54 AM.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville