~~By Kenosha Marge

Who are we? What is our own personal identity? What parts of that identity are most important to us? How far are we willing to go to protect the part of our identity that we most cherish?

I will always be an Irish American/Danish American/French Canadian/Ogallala Sioux. That’s in the blood and the bone. I don’t think of myself that way much. I just think of myself as an American.

I did however always think of myself as a Democrat. We were the good guys. We were the people that cared about other people unlike those evil, rotten Republicans that didn’t. Except that attitude didn’t work very well for me because ½ of my family, the maternal half, was Republican. While I didn’t always agree with them, they certainly weren’t evil or rotten. They were in most respects much like the other half of the family, the Irish-American Liberal/Democrat side. Except, to be perfectly honest, they were far more fiscally responsible.

I grew up to be a fiscally responsible moderately liberal Democrat. Voted a straight Democratic ticket, and I always voted, all the time. One slip over the years when I voted for a liberal Green candidate who seemed far more in tune with my beliefs than old Herb Kohl (D-WI) ever was.

Then came the election cycle of 2008. I learned that much of what I was and who I thought I was and who I thought they were was not true. May 31st 2008 a day that will live in Democratic Party infamy for many others and me. The day we knew, finally, sadly, angrily knew, that the party we had been a part of and believed in was as corrupt as the other party. That was the day that I, personally, left the Democratic Party forever. Once my trust is lost it is gone forever.

Now I am an Independent. Felt very strange at first but has grown to be enlightening and giving me a whole new sense of freedom.

As a non-partisan Independent I don’t have to like some politician just because they have a “D” after their name. Right there is freedom from voting for some pinhead just cause he’s a Democrat. And truth be told, I voted for a lot of pinheads.

As a non-partisan Independent I am suddenly listening to what people on the right are saying. And sometimes, much to my surprise, I actually agree with them. Lots of times I don’t. Just like many times I don’t agree with those on the left. That’s the freedom of not being a partisan pinhead. Viva la Independence!

As a non-partisan Independent I have come to see that both major parties are corrupt, dysfunctional, and incompetent. Oh they both bluster and brag on all the good things they do but take a look at the shape the country is in, where the hell were they when it was headed this way? Some very smart people were telling anyone that would listen what was coming. Damn few listened.

Now the parties point their fingers at each other. Smart people know that this disaster is a bi-partisan mess created by elected officials that are too busy raising money and worrying about their next campaign to be much concerned about the people’s business. Too concerned about partisanship and the pecking order and who is in power and who isn’t. As a non-partisan Independent I can tell you who isn’t in power; the American People.

As a non-partisan Independent I have come to see that there is no party for America. Republicans care more about the Republican Party than they care about their country. Democrats care more about the Democratic Party than they care about America. Both parties care more about money and power than their constituency. Oh they talk the talk, rhetoric is cheap folks, takes money to buy whiskey. Damn few walk the walk. As a newly-minted Independent I am seeing this with my eyes wide open for the first time.

As a non-partisan Independent I look at issues not who is saying what. I look at the deed and not the doer. If something is wrong for one party then it is equally wrong when done by the other party. With partisanship attitudes that is seldom true. I have heard people twisting themselves in rhetorical knots defending an act they condemned with vigor when done by a Republican but are now defending when done by a Democrat. And vice-versa, hypocrisy at least is completely bi-partisan.

As a non-partisan Independent I have come to the sad conclusion that I pretty much loathe all politicians. They are a bunch of lying, thieving, bloviating, incompetent nincompoops that aren’t fit to run the Funhouse at a Carnival let alone a country.

As a non-partisan Independent I wish that we had good, honest, competent, leadership. As a non-partisan Independent I can plainly see that we don’t.

As a non-partisan Independent I will therefore have to pick and choose and be hyper vigilant when voting. I will vote for the person and not the party. I will vote for the best of the bad and hope they will grow into their job or at least see that their best interests lie with the people who elect them.

As a non-partisan Independent I hope enough people take off their partisan-colored glasses and vote for what’s best for all the people not just people that think the way they do. I also would hope people would stop demonizing every one that doesn’t belong to the same party or philosophy that they do. We have enough evil bastards in Washington D.C. running our country and our way of life into the ground. We don’t need to help them by turning on each other. They are the enemy. They are the evildoers. We the people put politicians in a position to do their evil deeds.

As a non-partisan Independent I really wish we’d stop doing that.

30 Responses

  1. Wow! You have articulated exactly how I feel that it leaves me speechless. Right on point.

  2. Me too.

  3. Thank you for expressing my feelings.
    Everything I believed for almost 50 years was destroyed on May 31, 2008.
    I also became an Independent and for the first time in my life I voted for a republican.
    Part of it was a protest vote, but part of it was that I never doubted that Senator McCain loved this country.



  4. Bravo Marge !!!!!!!!!

    As another non-partisan Independent (after 30 years of being a rabid Democrat) I applaud everything you said. May 31, 2008 was a day of englightenment for many Democrats. We finally realized that our phoneys were just as dirty as their phoneys. And if they’re honest when first elected, a few months of breathing the hot polluted air in Washington, D.C., takes care of that. It’s the nature of the beast. Politicians come, and politicians go, but it seems the stench in the air in Washington remains the same. ( I’m speaking of the air around the political concourse, not the residential part of Washington.)

  5. great post-I think you’re saying what all PUMAs feel.

    What a waste of time thinking we ever had a Party to represent us.

  6. Wonderful post. You spoke what I have come to believe over the last year. I was blind for so long. Not any more.

  7. KM… least you have come to your senses, as have so many others!! And, it is a huge step in the right direction. We can only hope others see “the light” and see it soon. Thanks for a great article….one that many others need to read!!

  8. what Marge said !

  9. As an Indepentent I wish we would quit sending the same people back to Congress. Frankly, I’m sick of them all. We keep complaining year after year. Seems to me at some point we would take a different direction.For me, it’s down with incumbents.

  10. Without term limits we don’t stand a chance. Watching the same incompetent group perform year after year is demoralizing. Their main concern is getting reelected and serving the public is just not on their agenda.

    Just watching them roll Robert Byrd out onto the Senate floor in a wheelchair since he is now in his 90s and has served over 40 years in the congress, is ridiculous.

    Term limits. One small way of getting back on track.

  11. I was on the evil, rotten side (although I am not) and I completely agree with EVERY word. So sad to see where we are and where we are headed. Nobody does what is in the best interest for the USA, just what’s best for them and theirs. I hope your declaration gets forwarded to EVERYONE, I know I am going to make sure I do my part!

  12. standing and applauding..

  13. Standing ovation here also! Go, Marge!

    “The day we knew, finally, sadly, angrily knew, that the party we had been a part of and believed in was as corrupt as the other party. ” –Kenoshamarge of 5/31/08

    A sort of D-Day for the new non-Ds.

  14. Yep, my party, the party I thought I knew, died May 31, 2008. It’s weird when you have to let go of something that was so a part of your identity for so long. Liberating, but so many others emotions all at the same time. Kensosha Marge you stated it perfectly.

  15. Amen!!!

  16. Marge,

    As always, you summed it up perfectly. Can’t say I was a Democrat on May 31, 2008 (they’d pushed me away years ago), but I can say it forever changed the way I looked at politics. It took away the last shred of hope I had for the Democratic party. It was November 4, 2008 when I lost the last shred of hope for the Republican party.

    It’s definitely time for America to move on from this broken system.

  17. awesome post MArge! I agree 100%!

  18. BRAVO!! I love this, KM! Wonderful stuff.

    And I would just like to take this moment to point out to all Americans that one of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, invites us to cast off this yoke via revolution when we see fit:

    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    Are we ready yet?

  19. I know where I can get some tar and feathers Anna Belle, Lead the way!

    I believe there are just enough Americans who have had it up to here – with their corrupt government. I don’t want to throw “tea” into Boston Harbor, it’s too expensive and it is of some value and comfort.

    Politicians on the other hand are of little to no value and damn little comfort. Let’s toss them into the Potomic. Or tar and feathers also works for me.

    • Hey Marge, why don’t we go all the way. First tar and feather them, then ride them on a rail to the banks of the Potomac and kick their sorry a##es in the water.

  20. Marge, I think we are about to see a revolution just like the tea party. They threw tea back then because that is what was being taxed. I have been reading a lot about “going John Galt” . They are not taxing our tea now, they are taxing our income. There is a quiet little movement starting…people are ditching their incomes to below the levels of higher taxes so the country cannot make what it is projecting. While it would be difficult to go completely John Galt, there is no longer any incentive at all to make more money.

  21. We’ll know the country has regained it’s sanity when Republicans and Democrats forget to hate on each other and start going after the real enemy, their government. We have our differences, but they are the crooks, cheats, liars and people with no moral fiber or character.

    Lee, tar, feathers, a rail ride and a dunk in the Potomic sounds fine to me. Problem is the buzzards are so full of hot air they’ll all float!

  22. Ah, I really do know how to spell “Potomac”.

  23. LOL Marge. You’re right they will float – dagnabbit, foiled again.

  24. Okay leslie, now you did it. I have a picture in my mind of a bunch of politicians with bellybutton piercings and it won’t go away.

    I began seeing Pelosi with a ring through her eyebrow and Reid with his tongue pierced. MAKE IT STOP!

    I need stronger anti-nausea medication. But I figured I would once his Oliness was in office anyway.

  25. Your welcome Grail. Always glad to share!

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