Independent was always for me a party of its own with a wide berth.

Independent was always for me a party of its own with a wide berth.

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18 to 46 yrs old, always “No party affiliation”.
Feels weird to be under some color now.
But I gotta do what I gotta do for now.

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I only ever cared about the GE before. Now I know the value of primaries.

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Choosing “one” was hard, but I looked up and down this: https://www.progressivefl.org/about/platform/

and even though I didn’t agree with everything, I could deal with the parts I didn’t agree with.

Since they both fight with and also work with the main Florida Democratic party, I could with good conscience put myself as Democrat for the purposes of the primaries.

They go through and endorse, just like newspapers, websites and everybody’s aunt and grandpa does. Since I’m fine with the platform – and I read them all, slowly — an endorsement gives me focus although still isn’t a guarantee I’ll vote for them.

So, this is a big change for me but I’m approaching it as rationally as possible.

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I’m not going to stupid rallies, rah rah, TSHIRTS AND BUMPER STICKERS YAY AMERICA PRIDE stuff. Not my thing. But I want to put my vote in.

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I voted for this guy – twice.
Pissed me off when pseudo-conservative radio pundits said, “huh, that 17% Ross Perot cost Bush the election” ’cause I was never gonna vote George H.W.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Perot
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  Diplomacy to me is key to a society thriving. I want a well trained military that is generally not required to be engaged in anything but military exercise and research and development.In short, develop weapons and defenses we’ll never need that can tie into industry and commercial development for benefit of citizens.
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 I respect all of our Presidents in some fashion as it’s a job I wouldn’t want, current guy is the exception. [I knew of him growing up in the 80s/90s and I know more ethical used car salesmen].I didn’t want more HW because I’d just emerged from an era of Glasnost and Perastroika. Peace at hand. Technology will save the future…. and then “video game warfare” as we did things like “pre emptive strikes” and I first heard phrases like, “acceptable losses” (of civilians).

Left a bad taste for me.

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  It is. It may be messy, but it amongst the tussle btwn state + fed, 3 branches of fed, media vs politicians, that in the mix we get a relatively stable United States that mostly just gripes at one another, with the occasional skirmish at a college somewhere.
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