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post #31 of 48
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I also believe in preserving and upholding the Constitution.

Sorry that is not PC anymore
post #32 of 48
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Sorry that is not PC anymore
Actually, I think it is just the opposite. It has become very PC. Only now, people are wanting to uphold the Constitution as it was written and preserve it's true meaning; not simply follow the "traditional" meaning that it's been "given" over the years.
post #33 of 48
Disclaimer: I'm not a Democrat and I'm not a Republican.

That disclaimer having been said, I've voted for the Republican Presidential nominee in every election with two exceptions: I voted for McGovern (reluctantly, but I didn't want to vote for a "crook") and I voted for Carter. Reagan was the only candidate who got my enthusiastic support, though. Most of the time I was just voting "for the lesser evil."

I'm socially moderate,
politically libertarian,
fiscally conservative,

and I've gotten more conservative as I've gotten older.

This time around I don't identify with any particular party yet again, including any of the "third" parties. But I think I could be convinced to go either way. I'm waiting for them to persuade me........

(but if nobody from the two bigs persuades me, I'll probably write in Ron Paul)
post #34 of 48
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Disclaimer: I'm not a Democrat and I'm not a Republican.

That disclaimer having been said, I've voted for the Republican Presidential nominee in every election with two exceptions: I voted for McGovern (reluctantly, but I didn't want to vote for a "crook") and I voted for Carter. Reagan was the only candidate who got my enthusiastic support, though. Most of the time I was just voting "for the lesser evil."

I'm socially moderate,
politically libertarian,
fiscally conservative,

and I've gotten more conservative as I've gotten older.

This time around I don't identify with any particular party yet again, including any of the "third" parties. But I think I could be convinced to go either way. I'm waiting for them to persuade me........

(but if nobody from the two bigs persuades me, I'll probably write in Ron Paul)
He won't endorse McCain even though they want him to. I have to give him credit for not collapsing to pressure. He can be a little kooky but he believes what he says.
post #35 of 48
I am republican. My beliefs fall in line with them more than the left side. I cannot stand Obama. I think he'll win only b/c the media, along with Oprah (JK), is selling him as the "Messiah, the chosen one". And I believe him being a minority will sway other minorities to vote for him based on that common factor as opposed to making an informed decision from what he stands for.
But race, sex or anything else doesn't persuade my vote. Its what they stand for that matters. And I sure as ****don't want to elect a president for the US that goes to other countries to apologize for us. I want a president who supports our country and believes in our military and constitution!! Not someone who is ashamed of it.
post #36 of 48
I am most definitely a Republican. I am a Christian and a minister's wife, and a very conservative one. My vote will be for McCain/Palin.
post #37 of 48
See, now, when someone says they're very conservative and so that's why they're going to vote for McCain/Palin is when I get confused. After all, it's this conservative Republican President who's presiding over this country's greatest lurch toward Socialism since FDR. What this "conservative" Republican administration is responsible for should make conservatives run away as fast and as far as they can. This administration is responsible for nothing less than nationalization of large parts of the financial industry. When you talk about nationalization, you think of Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and others of similar ilk. And though McCain claims he's a "maverick" he IS a Republican, and I don't really see where he's really separated himself that much from this current Socialist President.
post #38 of 48
depends on what's meant by 'conservative'. i am [according to the link posted here] a 'populist conservative'. not sure what that's supposed to mean... but basically, i like less federal government involvement in issues. generally, local governments are more concerned w/pleasing their voting public, since each vote is more important. placing power into their hands will [IMO] result in communities receiving more of what they need/want. i match more closely to one of the independent candidates - but i'd prefer voting for someone who has a chance of winning.
post #39 of 48
But wanting to vote only for someone who has a chance of winning is what's put us in this two-party dilemma.
post #40 of 48
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But wanting to vote only for someone who has a chance of winning is what's put us in this two-party dilemma.
actually, i think it's the electoral college, myself. i'd prefer it be dissolved, & the winner of the popular vote be the POTUS... this would put an end to the 'swing state' campaigning, the problem of 'forecasting' winners based on votes in earlier [& more densely populated] time zones, etc.
i voted one year for an official write-in candidate. if i'm remembering correctly, it was the year Clinton won.
post #41 of 48
I've been registered as an Independent and my first vote for president was for an independent candidate - John Anderson.

I'm fiscally conservative. The government getting involved in these large businesses presents a high potential of corruption because of the huge amount of money that these bureaucrats will be dealing with. The only regulations I'm in favor of are those that make shareholders and consumers informed of their choices. I don't want to take choices away from them the way many liberals want (example - New York's regulations to have nutrition info available is good, but banning trans-fat is too intrusive). And businesses need to be upfront on their books - no funny business like Enron and AIG.

I'm more liberal when it comes to the environment and socially. So I can't stand the Republican party as it stands now beholden to the Religious Right. Their social policies bother me so I tend to vote Democrat.

It is going to be interesting to see how the Republican party evolves over the next few years as the party as a whole is not attracting young voters or minorities. Since the country is becoming more diverse, the party is going to need to adjust to survive.
post #42 of 48
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It is going to be interesting to see how the Republican party evolves over the next few years as the party as a whole is not attracting young voters or minorities. Since the country is becoming more diverse, the party is going to need to adjust to survive.
A lot of people are asking themselves what's going to become of the G.O.P., as it seems like the only thing left of it is the conservative wing. More and more former Republicans are joining the "independent" ranks. Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans

I don't think it's simply a matter of not attracting many young voters or minorities. People who are fiscally conservative have seen how the budget deficit, national debt and "government" have grown under the last three Republican presidents, and how energy and global warming issues have been ignored by the outgoing administration.
post #43 of 48
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I don't think it's simply a matter of not attracting many young voters or minorities. People who are fiscally conservative have seen how the budget deficit, national debt and "government" have grown under the last three Republican presidents, and how energy and global warming issues have been ignored by the outgoing administration.
True - Bush and the Republican congress of his first term disappointed a lot of people with their spending and the deficits.
post #44 of 48
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See, now, when someone says they're very conservative and so that's why they're going to vote for McCain/Palin is when I get confused. After all, it's this conservative Republican President who's presiding over this country's greatest lurch toward Socialism since FDR. What this "conservative" Republican administration is responsible for should make conservatives run away as fast and as far as they can. This administration is responsible for nothing less than nationalization of large parts of the financial industry. When you talk about nationalization, you think of Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and others of similar ilk. And though McCain claims he's a "maverick" he IS a Republican, and I don't really see where he's really separated himself that much from this current Socialist President.
Thank you for that last sentence. I've called my father, a very proud Ronald Regan Republican, and he's at a loss as what's happened to his party.

I identify with the Democrats to a certain extent, but I'll admit I'm to the left of my own party. Feel free to criticize me all you want. I'll wear the label proudly.
post #45 of 48
I would be proud also to be a "Ronald Reagan" Republican, if there was such a thing. Maybe we could start a third party -- the "Reagan" party, and get the disaffected Republicans and middle-of-the-roaders from both sides who are unhappy with their party's choice.
post #46 of 48
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my first vote for president was for an independent candidate - John Anderson.
Hey - me too!

I think that most people still ride the middle, and it comes down to their own specific preferences on issues that drive people to vote one way or the other. But it still amazes me that political mudslinging takes precendence over discussions on issues during elections.
post #47 of 48
They sling mud because it's so much easier than learning what the issues are and what the candidates propose to do about them. Mud slinging is just dirt and water. Mix five parts of dirt to one part water, stir well and throw. Now, the issues..............
post #48 of 48
I am a conservative, and so is DH. We vote Republican.
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