2 Reasons Independents Should Not Vote for Democrats and Republicans: the Past and the Future

In 2013, Gallup released a poll about Americans’ political affiliations, showing a record number of voters identifying as Independents.

 

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2013

Democrats

36%

32%

37%

31%

Independents

31%

36%

36%

42%

Republicans

33%

31%

27%

25%

 

This poll has major implications for 2014 and 2016 elections. Before we delve into the results, let’s be clear that polls should be taken with a grain of salt. As far as they go, this one is reliable – thanks to a large sample and a 1% margin of error.

The parties’ reactions were:

  • Democrats reacted with glee that the Republicans have their lowest numbers since 1988.
  • Republicans gloated that the Democrats’ numbers plummeted under Obama.
  • Everyone moved on, tra-la-la, with no thought to the larger implications of the data.

Gallup’s takeaway: “Americans are increasingly declaring independence from the political parties… The rise in political independence is likely an outgrowth of Americans’ record or near-record negative views of the two major U.S. parties, of Congress, and their low level of trust in government more generally.”

Both parties consider Independents as up-for-grabs, because Independents rarely vote for Independent candidates, though it might greatly benefit everyone if we did. Let’s look at what the past taught the two parties, and where they’re headed for 2016.

 

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Nancy Pelosi clarifies: It’s the War on Stupid Women

The War on Women messaging really bugs me. It’s such elementary, over-the-top propaganda that I always turn on the Democrat spewing it, rather than the Republican it’s aimed at. Do they really think women are that dumb?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fully aware of the flaws of the Republican party. Yet, on the other hand, they aren’t treating me like a drooling imbecile, so that’s one up on the Democrats.

Thought not included since no politician has told me what to think yet.

Thought not included since no one has told me what to think yet.

Paraphrased, the War on Women message is: “You women better back Democrats and our agenda. If you do, you can have your birth control and almost equal pay. If you don’t, Republicans will show up – probably with guns – to make sure you clean the house all day and that your sexist husband beats you every evening. The Republicans will only give you one holiday from this routine every nine months, specifically to give birth, but we Democrats will throw in an extra holiday every election day, so you can vote for us!” Mmm-mmm. You sure know how to win a girl over!

Check out this video of Nancy Pelosi, in which she first suggests that women are too dim to realize an election is happening (probably because we’re unlikely to know how to read the news), then follows it up by saying that only with Democrats ruling the roost, can we expect the world as we know it to continue. Spoiler alert: She doesn’t answer the question of why a world filled with such ignorant women should continue to exist.

 

Well, fiddle-dee-dee. I may not see the logic of why I have to rely on the Democrats or Republicans to defend my liberty, but that’s probably because, being a woman, I’m better suited for vacuuming than thinking. Thanks for explaining it to me, Nancy Pelosi!

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Will the Real Lee Harvey Oswald Please Stand Up?

There is something peculiar about the many photos we’re seeing of Lee Harvey Oswald this week.

Even making allowances for expressions, lighting, and aging, some of these verified photographs do not look at all like the same person. They could be pictures of two men with some similar features and coloring.

The Two Oswalds theory has been around almost as long as the Magic Bullet theory. If you look at the pictures here, there seems to be one Oswald with full lips and a pointed chin. Then there’s the more familiar Oswald with thin lips and a square chin. This is the Oswald who was arrested after the President was killed.

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