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Democrat 26 44.83%
Republican 9 15.52%
Libertarian 10 17.24%
Constitution 0 0%
Green 9 15.52%
Communist 1 1.72%
Labor 0 0%
Socialist 1 1.72%
Prohibition 2 3.45%
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Old 10-08-2006   #11
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I definitely agree with the last person's comments. We need more political paties to rise up in this country, so that more ideas are expressed. It may also have the benefit of preventing corporations and lobyists from putting too much money into one or two strong political paties.

On another topic, our populous would not make such poor political decisons (i.e. invading Iraq) if the news media wasn't dominated by a select few corporations with right-wing agendas. I prefer to listen to British Broadcast Company (BBC) and the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) because I think there news is far less biased and much more indepth. I think it's a disgrase that the only thing the US news media wants to cover right now is this petafile named Foley. We have much bigger problems like a growing insurgency in Afghanistan. Shame on the media and shame on politicians!!!!!

Sorry... I know it's a kayaking site, but dammit... sometimes I just need to vent.

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Old 10-09-2006   #12
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Yea, I've been thinking the same thing as Curtis. The US has much bigger problems than this one guy going after boys! But, it is kind of funny what it says about the Republican Party values.

The things that bother me the most are how many people can't get reasonable health insurance, how many people work their tails off yet can't get reasonable housing, and that we have lost our credibility in the world.

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Old 10-09-2006   #13
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Just to stir the pot a bit...

Imagine how different our 2-party system would be if everyone was able to vote in the Primaries. In my opinion, when only registered voters of one party can vote in that party's primary, of course you are always going to get candidates that lie further left/right on the spectrum than most of the population. The American Politcal ideology is plotted on a Bell Curve. If everyone could vote for every political party's primary, the national candidates might actually be more centered, instead of appealing to the far right/left population, then scrambling to come back to center after winning their primary.

If this were the case, maybe the real moderate (I know that is a scary word for many on both sides of the aisle) candidates like John McCain or Joe Lieberman could actually have a chance at the White House. IMO a moderate candidate would be breath of fresh-air from the staunch Republican and the Bed-wetting Liberal who have occupied it for the last 15 years.

Of course the chances of the primary system being changed are about as good as a multi-party system being introduced into American Politics.

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Old 10-09-2006   #14
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.. or how about a John McCain / Joe Lieberman ticket independant run? seeing that Lieberman is trouncing his own party's nomination in the polls, I would vote for that in a second.. or for the expatriate Minnesotans out there we could vote for Jesse V
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Old 10-09-2006   #15
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Independant here... I think aligning ourselves with issues and individuals is a better way to align than with parties.
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Old 10-09-2006   #16
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could we just have a common sense party?
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Old 10-10-2006   #17
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My association came from the "10 question quiz," but I agree that ideally voting on an independent basis is really the only way to go...
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Old 10-10-2006   #18
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to add on to my previous comment about voting on a case by case basis... to address the spirit of the post I would say that I am left of center on social issues and right of center on fiscal issues. Maybe the poll should be re-done to gage how liberal/conservative buzzards are in the social and fiscal areas?
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Old 10-10-2006   #19
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Alex, that pretty much covers my politics as well.
I have voted Republican (not Bush) and Democratic. It depends on who and what they represent. If you like a conservative fiscal agenda it has been very difficult to vote Republican for a while. Odd but the Republicans seem to be the one's that cant control their spending.
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Old 10-10-2006   #20
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This is an interesting question. I tend to align most with the libertarian point-of-view, but the US election system and laws strongly favor the two main parties. I find myself often voting for the douche bag who actually has a chance of defeating the turd sandwich rather than the "best" candidate.

Growing up I always tended to align with the republican ideals of a smaller, less intrusive, fiscally responsible government. Today's GOP has completely abandoned all of that. Bush is completely out-of-control on Iraq and the war on terror, and the congress has abdicated its oversight responsibility, rubber stamping all this madness.

Consequently I'm supporting the democrats who have a chance at breaking the GOP stranglehold on the government and (possibly) restore some element of checks and balance to the government.

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