party system is not very conducive to the independent voter.
Each party exists because they have an agenda. A vote
for one party is a vote for their agenda, thus splitting votes
between the parties is one vote against the other.
The independent voter tends to pride
himself for independent thinking, however, reality shows the fallacy
of splitting one's votes between parties. A Democratic
vote is for liberal socialistic policies, higher taxes, and big
government, which is what we've been sliding towards for quite
some time now. A Republican vote promises more
conservative patriotic policies, lower taxes, and a much smaller
government. Split your votes and what do you expect, gridlock?
A third party vote is... well, just a wasted vote.
The intelligent independent voter will look
at the platforms, decide which more closely aligns with their values
or agenda, and then vote for the whole slate. Voting
party line according to one's philosophy is in reality the only intelligent
Following this philosophy, I believe most independents
and many democrats would find their belief system would come much
closer to that of the Republicans.
When I was apathetic and uninformed I was a
Democrat. I voted for Reagan after listening to some of the
prevailing facts; not yet knowing that, in 1988, I would look at
both Platforms, make an about face and become a Republican activist.
The true independent voter will vote party line, either right or
--- Roger W Hancock
Copyright 1998 Roger W Hancock