"Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided."
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Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1795. ME 9:317
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In other words, supporting the lesser of two evils is still an immoral pursuit. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans represent the American people...not any more. Time to clean house in 2012.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I ditto J Carlton's comment.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Today, I dropped my republican card, today, I became an independent. For I cannot stand behind either party anymore, for they are both corrupted to the core. The more I learn, the more I see it real clear. Their politics remain the same, they play that same ol' game. I thank the words of the founding fathers, for waking me up. And to those who educate us, by keeping their thoughts and spirits alive. In all of us true Americans this light shines. A light once very bright, but now dimming. Rise up this time, this election, or the free man is doomed, to be complete slaves, of those who enslave.
     -- Kimo, US of A & Hawaiian Nations     
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    I agree with J Carlton and that's why I'm a Libertarian.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    All above are correct. We have today the Dumbacrats, the Repubacrats, and finally the Libertarians like Jim K. and myself. Go Ron Paul 2012.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    It's still as accurate as it was in 2011.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Never be to quick to jump ship in the middle of a fight. 
    Monocrats, the former of these are called federalist, some time aristocrats or monocrats, and some time tories, after the corresponding sect in the English government. A society in Cincinnati, a self-created one, carving out for itself hereditary distinctions. Lowering itself over our constitution eternally through the excise law and the dismantling of our Union. Enemies within the ranks of high office claiming to the few the general, natural popular freedom and liberty that our nation was founded upon for All. The letter to James Madison from Thomas Jefferson Dec 28, 1794 speaks very clearly with distinction concerning our current battle/civil war within the powers that seek to control our government and way of life. WWG1WGA MAGA to KAG
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    There is a profound difference between political principles and fundamental principles (self evident truths that only a fool would argue against).  Our Declaration of Independence offered such truths...that all people are endowed with certain God given rigths...   The founding father's asserted that these 'self-evident truths' came from the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God".  Yet they created a constitution that violated both.  I accept their Fundamental Principles without question.  And I assert that nearly every problem political parties fail to address today, is because they firmly believe their political (party) principles are superior to those inherent in nature and and all faiths (the Golden Rule). 
     -- Chuck Woolery, Rockville     
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     -- Mary-MI      
     
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