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Damn, Not Another Identity Crisis

 Just when I was content in my new identity as an Independent I read an article that suggests that I am no such thing. I am instead a “swing” voter. Whatever the hell that is. Cause to tell you the truth, even in my younger days; I wasn’t a “swinger.”

Evidently some of those who are so much smarter than you and me, or at least believe that they are, have decided that most Independent Voters are tethered to one party or the other. Or they “lean” in one direction.

One of those smart fellers is Ruy Teixeira, an American Political Scientist. He is co-author of the book “The Emerging Democratic Majority” wherein he declares that the Democrats are destined to be the majority party in the early 21st Century. He wrote the book in 2002 so perhaps he couldn’t see past very early in the 21st Century to 2010.

I tend to ignore pundidiots from either party that proclaim that one party or the other is going to be dominant. No sooner does one party be given all the marbles than they overstep and the voters slap them down. For all the talk about the stupidity of the voters they always seem to know when it’s time to pull the plug on the power-crazed party in power.

Soon after the “other” party gains/regains power and makes the same mistake and becomes the “new” arrogant and power-crazed party. See a pattern here? As in politicians too damn stupid to learn? There seems to be something in the air inWashington D.C. that brings out the arrogant in politicians. Brings it out a lot!

I confess that I tend to “lean” towards the Republicans at this point in time. That’s not because I actually “like” most Republican Politicians but because in the here and now I find most of them slightly less repulsive than the Dems.  Slightly.

I decided during the Democratic Primary of 2008 that I didn’t much like Democrats any more. I decided that I didn’t want to be one any more. Nothing in the subsequent years has changed my mind.

It was not an easy transition. I had been a Democrat for so long that I wasn’t quite sure how to be anything else. Part of my identity was as a member of the Democrat team. Even when I was repulsed by my team. Sorta like when I am repulsed by the actions of one of my less pleasant relatives. Repulsive? Yes. But still family.

I do not welcome anyone who tells me that my new identity isn’t my real identity. It was too hard to make it a comfortable fit.   Ruy Texeira and William Galston nearly came to an agreement that Independents are not very independent. Then Galston seems to decide that perhaps they are. Or enough of them to make ignoring them, the swing voter Independents a bad idea.

Whether Independent or Swing Voter I intend to keep an eye on both of the parties I find so corrupt and dysfunctional. I will vote for the least obnoxious choice until we actually get some real decent choices. Until we get men and women who care more about their country than the next election. Until enough of us decide that campaign promises mean something and we refuse to re-elect people who don’t keep them. Until we weed out the worst and elect some of the better. That’s my identity.

  • Anonymous

    Marge,

    You are hardly an “independent” if you do nothing but spend all your time attacking Obama and the Democrats and supporting the GOP on almost everything. If you actually had a few positive things to say about Obama and the Democrats from time to time, I might believe you are an “independent”.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting article. I’m now a registered independent as well. This November I will be voting for ABO.  I hope its not Santorum, but ABO all the way.
    Maybe when the DNC has gotten rid of the radical marxists that are now in charge, I might vote for dems again, but I don’t see that happening any time in the future, so I’m not vote for dems for a very long time to come.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DXEH5226VXYIM22E66OTQCVPRE Jacqueline S

    You know Marge, we don’t have an Identity Crisis–We ARE PROUD AMERICANS fighting to take back our country.

    I am still pissed about my signs but I am putting a bigger one out next week. I will give no quarter to those who will deny me my 1st amendment rights?

    I am an AMERICAN and these colors never run.

  • Anonymous

    Good posting Marge…. 

  • Anonymous

     There seems to be something in the air inWashington D.C.
    or the water.
    great post Marge.

  • Anonymous

    Good read KenoshaMarge. Thanks for pointing out that Indies are a growing majority and “co-opting” is not one of 57 states.

    “Trying to make some sense of it all,
    But I can see that it makes no sense at all,
    Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor,
    ‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore
    Clowns to the left of me,Jokers to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DXEH5226VXYIM22E66OTQCVPRE Jacqueline S

    OFF TOPIC:  Good Monday Morning

    I put a Romney sign in my front yard on Thursday–It was stolen last night and my yard vandalized.  It is going to be a long dirty campaign in Virginia.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto in Wisconsin. With the unions now running much of the state many people are afraid to put a sign supporting any Republican lest the Fire Department and Police Department not respond in a timely manner.

      I suspect this is gonna backfire. Because people may be afraid to show support in the open but that should anger them enough to make sure they vote the union-loving Dems out of office. And that they vote FOR Scott Walker and against those that want to recall him.

      This isn’t gonna help the Dems any:


       Democrats kill Wisconsin jobs to spite Governor Walker
       
      http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/democrats_kill_wisconsin_jobs_to_spite_governor_scott_walker.html

      • Anonymous

         disgusting.

        • Anonymous

          It is disgusting that this kind of thing is happening in tthis country. There is a lot of anger seething beneath the surface. It will be interesting to see if it surfaces in the recall vote.

          One good thing is that every dollar spent to recall Walker is not being spent to elect Dems to congress. That is the only bright spot.

    • Anonymous

       What a sad commentary.  Such a surprise considering how civil the Democrats are!  Snark.  I live in the midst of a very liberal area of California but,  since I own a business, I don’t telegraph my views.  I guess you could call me a coward, but I need to put food on the table and gas in my car.  God Bless those of you who have the cajones to broadcast how you feel.

  • Anonymous

    Oh groovy baby!

    Shall we shag now or shag later?

    • Anonymous

      How about the Funky Chicken?

  • Anonymous

     
    Monday’s Washington Post announces their new poll with ABC News with
    the headline “As gasoline prices rise, president’s ratings fall.”
    Reporters Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    announce the bad news upfront that “a record number of Americans now
    give the president ‘strongly’ negative reviews” on the economy. But
    you’d have to turn inside for the real numbers, as the reporters clear
    their throats about the overall trends among the “steadily brightening
    employment picture.”

    The Post did note on the front-page that “nearly two-thirds” of
    respondents disapproved of Obama’s handling of gas prices (65 percent
    disapprove, 26 percent approve). On the Post website Monday morning,
    they encouraged people to read the comments, as they normally do, but
    with this pro-Obama commenter headline: “1,300+ comments: ‘How exactly are rising gas prices Obama’s fault?’”
    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/03/12/washpost-buries-most-numbers-page-one-bad-obama-poll#ixzz1ouHXXONe

    • Anonymous

      We are becoming the United States of Fear. This latest increase is mostly about speculators and fear….

      Got to place position limits on these guys….

  • Anonymous

    Partisans on both sides pretend to pander us, making way in their big tent until after the election when they summarily give us the boot. With the requisite parting shot: “See ya next time, suckas.”

    Their political philosophy: “Where else they gonna go?”

    If bad guy A makes bad guy B seem even scarier and succeeds in convincing unsuspecting voter C and/or D to stop the bigger monster, then A = C and/or D. In theory.

    In practice, A always equals A.

    This is exactly the problem with partisan politics. Whoever wins or loses isn’t as important as how they play the game. Addition and multiplication through subtraction and division.

  • Anonymous

    I just can’t listen to those ‘people in the know’ any more.  They spin everything and the reason I became an Independent is because I am tired of being put in a box and being taken for granted.  No mas.

  • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    I’m still a liberal.  But right now, the country is spending itself to death, you don’t have to be a conservative to see that.  In NY, our liberal Dem governors are cutting costs more severely than the old Republican Pataki because there just isn’t any money.  Nationally, Obama is just not the guy to solve the spending crisis.  So until we’re out of the deficit ICU, I’ll vote Repub unless they put up one of these right wing extremists or blind ideologues.

    I’m liberal but Pat Buchanan makes the most sense to me these days.  That’s why they kicked him off BSNBC, they don’t want him persuading their left-wing audience.  Not that I ever watch BSNBC, except for youtube clips.  Haha, I’m a Pat Buchanan liberal. 

  • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    I’m still a liberal.  But right now, the country is spending itself to death, you don’t have to be a conservative to see that.  In NY, our liberal Dem governors are cutting costs more severely than the old Republican Pataki because there just isn’t any money.  Nationally, Obama is just not the guy to solve the spending crisis.  So until we’re out of the deficit ICU, I’ll vote Repub unless they put up one of these right wing extremists or blind ideologues.

    I’m liberal but Pat Buchanan makes the most sense to me these days.  That’s why they kicked him off BSNBC, they don’t want him persuading their left-wing audience.  Not that I ever watch BSNBC, except for youtube clips.  Haha, I’m a Pat Buchanan liberal. 

  • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    I’m still a liberal.  But right now, the country is spending itself to death, you don’t have to be a conservative to see that.  In NY, our liberal Dem governors are cutting costs more severely than the old Republican Pataki because there just isn’t any money.  Nationally, Obama is just not the guy to solve the spending crisis.  So until we’re out of the deficit ICU, I’ll vote Repub unless they put up one of these right wing extremists or blind ideologues.

    I’m liberal but Pat Buchanan makes the most sense to me these days.  That’s why they kicked him off BSNBC, they don’t want him persuading their left-wing audience.  Not that I ever watch BSNBC, except for youtube clips.  Haha, I’m a Pat Buchanan liberal. 

  • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    I’m still a liberal.  But right now, the country is spending itself to death, you don’t have to be a conservative to see that.  In NY, our liberal Dem governors are cutting costs more severely than the old Republican Pataki because there just isn’t any money.  Nationally, Obama is just not the guy to solve the spending crisis.  So until we’re out of the deficit ICU, I’ll vote Repub unless they put up one of these right wing extremists or blind ideologues.

    I’m liberal but Pat Buchanan makes the most sense to me these days.  That’s why they kicked him off BSNBC, they don’t want him persuading their left-wing audience.  Not that I ever watch BSNBC, except for youtube clips.  Haha, I’m a Pat Buchanan liberal. 

  • http://lesstalkmoreactivism.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    I’m still a liberal.  But right now, the country is spending itself to death, you don’t have to be a conservative to see that.  In NY, our liberal Dem governors are cutting costs more severely than the old Republican Pataki because there just isn’t any money.  Nationally, Obama is just not the guy to solve the spending crisis.  So until we’re out of the deficit ICU, I’ll vote Repub unless they put up one of these right wing extremists or blind ideologues.

    I’m liberal but Pat Buchanan makes the most sense to me these days.  That’s why they kicked him off BSNBC, they don’t want him persuading their left-wing audience.  Not that I ever watch BSNBC, except for youtube clips.  Haha, I’m a Pat Buchanan liberal. 

  • Anonymous

    Another great commentary Marge!
    As a former hippie Art student, being a swinger didn’t go with black clothing, white lipstick and black eyes. Combine that with sandals, a solemn expression, an ever-present Kerouac novel and that’ll keep the guys away. No sex please, I am absorbed in a serious examination of the meaning of life.
    Is it OK to swing now?

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure Ellen. What “swinging” seemed to be to me, from a woman’s/girl’s role was to make your body available to any horny male that showed an interest. I just couldn’t get into that role. Seemed a tad supine to me.

      • Anonymous

        Gosh, Marge, your definition sure doesn’t sound like anything I might regret missing :P
        And now I suspect there might be an expiry date on my body for that sort of thing even if I did regret it  :)

  • Anonymous

    in surfing the web today I saw three stories that few are paying attention to

    1 the give away of American land with oil reserves to Russia

    2 the signing of a bill that limits protesting

    3 the appointment to the supreme court of a woman who does not believe in the Constitution

    every day there seems to be more and more things done in Washington that are not in the best interest of the country.

    We need Sarah Palin and more like her to keep the voice of American citizen alive.

    • Anonymous

       I am now a proud independent. Right now it is the democrats that suck and are not in the countries best interest. The republicans do not  impress me too much either. I may have to vote republican to get rid of backtrack, but I sure as hell do not trust them and will watch and see just what they do while in office. They do not do the right thing for the country and their a$$es will be out the door just as quick as the democrats and will keep doing this until we get a government that remembers just who the American people are and that they work for them

  • Anonymous

    Ruy Texeira is an Obama and Democratic mouthpiece.  He reminds me of someone else I detest-Donna Brazille.  I’ll never forget her constant presence on CNN.  She was supposedly acting as an unbiased commentator on the Democratic race between Clinton and Obama.  She was not.  She was a cheerleader for the Obama campaign.  She once stated that the Democratic party was changing and “they”, the new Democratic party, didn’t need certain elements of the party anymore.  She got her wish.  Many of us left, and will not return.  Be careful what you wish for Donna.  Both parties try to use wedge issues to prop up their base.  The latest uproar over first amendment rights turned into the great debate over contraception.  Huh?   Considering how much the main stream media is in the back pockets of the Democrats, we are going to have to fight very hard to counter their bs.  I hope and pray that more people are turning to the internet and turning off ABC, CBS, NBC & MSNBC.  You go Marge.  Keep fighting the good fight.  I think we have a very good chance this year of getting rid of the dead weight in the White House. 

    • Anonymous

      If my memory serves me, the Brazile nut said the new  Democratic  coalition consisted of the youth, minorities and urban dwellers.  This over 60, small town white person deposited her over 40 yrs as a Dim by the roadside. Never again.

    • Anonymous

      Donna Brazile will be an unbiased commentator the same day I win an Angelina Jolie look-a-like contest.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DXEH5226VXYIM22E66OTQCVPRE Jacqueline S

    Go Marge I am with you.  I am an independent and the poli-sci professor can kiss my bunz.

    I am tired of these utterly useles people deciding what I as a hard working–actually in real business–American think.

    If you want to know what I think ask me.  These Harvard types have no clue what I think. And I will thank the “elites” to speak for themselves.  I am a foller of John Locke–I can and do make excellent decisions for myself!

    The “elites” can go fondle themselves to the sounds of Thomas Hobbes.

  • Anonymous

     KenoshaMarge……Since we are now “swingers”………May I ?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHANNkKBSNU&feature=related

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the memories Harp!

      That is the kind of “swinging” I was raised with. Mom taught me the dance steps and we would “swing” around the kitchen to the big band music she loved. I love it too.

      I’ll bet that bit with the Andrew’s Sisters was them doing my favorite, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

      I have half a dozen CD of Big Bands and play them often.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    OT.  Whatever happens to that American soldier who is alleged to have killed the Afghan civilians, they better bring him home to try him.  Under no circumstances can they turn him over to the Afghans. 

    Anyone know enough of military law to know what is likely to happen?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DXEH5226VXYIM22E66OTQCVPRE Jacqueline S

      He will ALWAYS be tried by UCMJ and we have never turn soldiers over to international court for trial. In peace time we have had soldiers tried on by courts in Japan and Germany for crimes against citizens but they are supprted by their command in those circumstances based on the Status of Forces Agreements(SOFA) in place.

      In this case we have no SOFA so I would expect that he would be tried for the killings by a Courts Marshall here in the US and if found guilty sentenced to time in Leavenworth.

      Obama may consider allowing an Afghan trial because he has sucked up to the Afghans before. I can’t see Obama trying this in an Election year though.  The outcry would be incredible.

    • Anonymous

      He should be tried in a military court stateside. Foreign countries rarely have jurisdiction over American soldiers on active duty (and when they do it requires a special agreement between the U.S. and the host country), and never in a war zone.

  • Anonymous

    Well, as for those who predict the Democrats to become the party of the 21st century, I’m not so sure.  I’ve become an “unaffiliated” person, as that is what my state prefers to call me, rather than an independent.

    I had an astrological chart done for my grandson when he was born.  That chart mentioned that his generation (he is now three, so his generation will definitely still live in the 21st century) would be the one that finally got over this idea that we have to think “collectively.  His generation will supposedly be the one that goes back to thinking that individuals should be responsible for themselves.

    As far as I can tell, that is a concept more accepted at this point by the Republican party.

    I like the word “pundidiot.”  Exactly!  I’ll go with astrologers before I’ll listen to a “pundidiot.”

    • Anonymous

      I hope for your grandson’s sake and the sake of my 7 granddaughters and 2 great-granddaughters that the astrological chart is right. Collectives may be great for bees but not so much for people with the capacity, if not the desire to think for themselves.

      And Independents/Unaffiliated voters are the only party that is growing. Dems and the GOP need to take note.

  • Anonymous

    I predict the largest voter block in the 21st century will be Independents not Democrats nor Republicans. This will be in large part due to both parties turning off moderates in both parties. Both parties are being run by the extreme ideologues of the each party. Consequently we can’t get anything passed through congress nor can we hope for any compromise to keep this country running properly. The so called Rinos and Dinos will emerge as the largest number of voters in the near future. Then we may be able to find some Hope and Change at last. 

    • Anonymous

      Funny you should say that. I was thinking today as I was watching FOX that Roger Ayles and Murdoch are geniuses at predicting.  They had a show this evening on FOX with Doug Schoen, Pat Cadell & a former NY Congressman, whose name I cannot remember.  The show was positively down the middle, geared toward independents.  After all but Schoen and Cadell are former DEM pollsters, Schoen for Clinton and Cadell for Jimmy Carter; but both are fairly centrists.  FOX went all right wing when it started out and there was a huge gap in programing.  Now it’s positioning itself in the middle.  They already have more varied panels than any other channel.  They’ll end up controlling that large group of indies that have no other home.

      • Anonymous

        Very true… they always have panels with people from all spectrums, unlike the yahoos at MSNBheehaw.

      • Anonymous

        Damn, I missed that. I wonder if I can find a repeat. I find that of all the pundidiots around I tend to “like” Cadell and Schoen the most. The don’t let their partisanship get in the way of their common sense. Most of the time anyway.

    • Anonymous

      The Rino-Dino Party? Or perhaps we should go back to Mugwump?

      • Anonymous

         Bull moose ?

        • Anonymous

          Sounds good to me. 

    • Anonymous

      If the base keeps shrinking and the Independent/Unafiliateds keep growing the RINO-DINO’s will soon outnumber the far right and the far left.

      Soon isn’t soon enough for me.

      • Anonymous

         Good graphic.

      • Anonymous

        I think that cartoon needs the moderates to be a large separate entity and the left and right to be fringes.