Hi Friends!


Few questions I have for you today.


Are you a dem or rep? What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? 


What influences your thought process?


Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?


I think the rep's just hate Obama because he's black. Yes I said it. 


I do plan on voting for him again. 


My final thoughts are that they are all crooks and liars. 

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You did.  I checked your profile because of that impression.  Occasionally, we'll get some crazy Canuck spouting anti-American rants.  You know how silly those Canadians can be. :P



Yes you did... I didn't bother to check your profile.

Was thinking the same thing...

I would still have opined on it, had it not been for the foreknowledge that I will, yet again, meet the tiresome "you are not American, so you wouldn't understand" argument whenever I do.

You seem to end up having to choose between a blind or a dumb man in any event. Good luck with that. ;)


"So, you want the puppet on the right or the puppet on the left?"

Democrat, no matter who it is. Lesser of two evils.

Are you a dem or rep?

- Neither. I don't really know what I am. I certainly support democracy but I hate the two party system. In some respects I'm socialist, in some I'm green party, in some I'm collectivist, in some I'm democrat. I'm certainly on the far 'left' of the scale and I find the current republicans and even more so libertarians revolting.


What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? 

- None of the above. I try to make choices based on available information so I take in as much information as I can about an issue then form an opinion. Then I take those opinions and see what candidate's opinions are closest to mine.


 What influences your thought process?

- Well pretty much everything has the potential to influence my though process.


Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?

- No because it's so expected. I cringe when republicans and libertarians are talking.


I think the rep's just hate Obama because he's black. Yes I said it.

- For some republicans I'm sure this is true but for most I don't think skin color an issue at all. I think the issue lies in how extreme out politics tend to be, the whole with us or against us mentality.

I think that we need a combination of social programs creating a safety net for the poor and disadvantaged, but at the same time an economy based on a form of regulated capitalism.  Unregulated capitalism is a terrible system.  Any time profit rears its head, compassion goes away.  As an aside, that is the whole problem with our medical care system.  I often say that I don't want any doctor buying his new Mercedes or a vacation home based on the profit he makes from my heart attack.

I'm a Libertarian.  During the last presidential election, I found I didn't like either of the candidates, so I searched through the third-party candidates.  I found that the political philosophy I most agreed with was the Libertarian Party.  I feel it's the party which allows for the most personal freedoms.  The "live and let live" party.


With that in mind, it doesn't bother me when a political candidate says, "I am a christian."  To me, it really doesn't matter what religion a political candidate is.  It does, however, bother me when a politician makes legislation with the basis of religion in mind, as with the recent Michigan "Matt's Safe School Law."  This is completely outrageous.

Are you a dem or rep? - Independent.

What lead you to your choice of political affiliation? Your parents? Friends? TV? Radio? - Never been much of a joiner, so I always voted for whoever impressed me as being able to do the best job by having the platform that I felt most comfortable with, or sometimes voting for no one.


What influences your thought process? My environment?  Not really sure what the question is.


Do you cringe like I do when you hear political candidates say, "I am a christian."?  No - I have come to the conclusion that politicians no longer understand truth, only that they must parrot what the people want.


I think the rep's just hate Obama because he's black. Yes I said it. - It is always acceptable to tell the truth.  But I don't think all rep's hate him for being black, but it would seem the majority of those I know have an undercurrent of dislike because he is black.


I am a Democrat with his own brain - a moderate Democrat who very much admires President Bush for his foreign policy objectives and his fight against terrorism in keeping us safe after 9/11. Although his biggest mistake was going to Iraq instead of Iran as Iranians would have supported American intervention and there would have been no postwar terror as there was in Iraq; the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein and the freedom movements throughout the Middle East was a direct result of the liberations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

I have really been impressed by President Obama after his 1st-year. During his 1st-year he was more idealistic and let down the Iranian people in 2009 by thinking naively that he could negotiate with a terrorist and fanatical regime in the Islamic Republic; but since then he has really been bold and made the right moves with the right temperament for the most part, especially on foreign policy. I admire his adaptability and his giving up his idealism that he has with him for the most part during his 1st year of Presidency.

President Obama will be reelected not because the American public love him, but simply because they will have no alternative. There are no Presidential candidates among the Republicans except for Jon Huntsman, and he is a LONG SHOT. I will be voting to reelect President Barack Obama.

I actually can't vote because I am from the UK and not yet a citizen. However, one really interesting contrast between here and the UK is that it is generally the "kiss of death" for a mainstream politican there to mention god. They would almost certainly not get elected, particularly if they claimed to be on the receiving end of any messages from the magic sky fairy.

Also interesting is that although

Labour -> Democrats (more left wing)

Liberal -> Democrats

Conservatives -> Republicans (without the fundamental christians)

both parties here are to the right of their rough equivalents in the UK. One thing I like about Obama is that he appears to actually THINK about issues. For most of the candidates I reckon just about anyone on this forum could, given a range of issues, predict exactly what they would say about them, based on the candidate's party and/or religious affiliations. People don't seem to like thinking very much. They want a reflexive position on almost everything, hence the attraction of extreme political dogma, and religion. It takes away the need and ability to think critically. Life isn't like that though - it is complicated.

Unfortunately a two party system is what we have and it is what it is.


There is no such thing as a non-corrupt politician in Washington.  We have the best Congress money can buy.

Having said this, there is no real alternative to voting for the President again.  I can't abide any of the Repblican candidates.  They are either christian nut cases, perverts, or bought and paid for.  The latest revelations about Gingrich make my skin crawl.


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