I am bewildered by them. I can understand being undecided in a primary or someone who is 18 or 19 still trying to figure out where they stand on politics. But I do not understand how anyone can be unsure whether they agree with the politics of a conservative candidate or a liberal candidate in a general election.
What do you think?
I think pushing people to vote is wrong. If you don't have an opinion one way or the other or you don't like either candidate you shouldn't simply pick the lesser of two evils.
There's more than just liberals and conservatives, people need to get away from picking just Democrats and Republicans and partisan politics.
I had high hopes for the Tea Party making people realize that and leading to a bigger Libertarian movement, but that's been kinda killed by it being taken over by idiots like Palin and Beck and being turned into a second Republican party.
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If you don't have an opinion on either puppet you shouldn't vote. You clearly have no idea of politics and therefore should not lend the power of your vote to a political affiliation you do not understand.
X2 to all of that, except the whole Tea Party thing. The Tea Party isn't endored by the GOP, and actually defeated a few GOP candidates in the primaries. Like motorcharge, I definitely agree with the movement's core ideals, but I think it's gone off path and too many political figures have tried to use it for their own agenda.
I don't associate with any party, because they kind of all disgust me at the moment.
I, for one, do not vote, but that's for a different, independent reason. If you're interested in that, that's a whole nother thread haha.
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If it was as simple as conservative vs liberal it might be easier. These days many candidates embrace parts of both. Or their voting record does not jive with their platform statements. I saw an article once that showed a mayoral race that included a non-binding "non of the above" option just to capture the level of non support for both candidates. "None" won every election for 10 years running showing that even when one candidate wins a "majority" it is only a majority of those who bothered to vote not of the actual general population.
I am amazed by the swing voters. The ones who jump from Republican to Democrat or vise versa. (or any variation of conservative & liberal parties). I know a lot of people start off voting more liberal & the older they get the more conservative they become. I'm speaking in general of course. But I mean the ones who seem to vote more on whether they like the candidate personally than what their political ideologies are & will switch allegiance from election to election.
i think any voter can/should do what they want. this is America. it's their right.
Yeah, I don't think op was suggesting their right be taken for being wishy washy and/or uninformed. Just that they didn't understand how a person could not have a definite opinion about which party most closely follows their political ideologies.