100 Ways Republicans Are Just Like Democrats

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There is a widely-held perception that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are drastically different in their policy, proposals, philosophy of government, and general modus operandi. While there are certainly some significant differences between the two parties, the number of similarities are astounding. A few months ago on IVN, Wes Messamore explored the similarities between the two major party candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

1. A large number of Democrats and Republicans signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the year 2012, which critics say allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil without due process. President Obama pledged to veto the NDAA, but went back on his word and signed it into law with the indefinite detention provision included. Mitt Romney says that he would do the same.

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2. Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly favor Keynesian economics rather than other schools of economic thought such as the Austrian School of economics.

3. The Bush-era Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless wiretapping, was passed with bipartisan support and recently extended by policymakers of both parties. Romney has voiced his support for the controversial legislation. Obama supported it as a senator and signed the extension into law as president.

4. Both the Republican and Democratic administrations have attempted to justify the use of extrajudicial targeted killing, the killing of people without trial or substantive due process, including American citizens. The use of these tactics increased under President Obama and has received praise from members of both parties. There was strong bipartisan support for the Obama Administration’s extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi and his 16 year old son without trial, which received praise from Republican Party members and was strongly supported by Mitt Romney.

5. The Democratic and Republican parties both generally support the vastly-growing use of unmanned aerial combat drones in the Middle East:

  • The use of unmanned drones to patrol foreign skies, which have been responsible for many civilian and child deaths, began under President Bush and drone use has drastically increased and expanded under President Obama. There has been little to no partisan opposition to these tactics and while the GOP platform advocates for increased drone use, the Democratic platform doesn’t mention their use at all.
  • Drone warfare in Pakistan started under Bush, has been significantly escalated by Obama, and Romney has indicated that he will continue using drones in Pakistan if elected. Both parties also support the continued drone warfare being used in Libya, which Romney has stated he would likely continue.
  • In Yemen, the Obama Administration has continued the fighting that the Bush Administration initiated, which Obama has done with the use of secretive drone warfare and by recently sending troops back.

6. Both parties will also allow drones to patrol the skies of the United States. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which calls for the use of up to 30,000 drones in U.S. airspace, passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

7. The Federal Reserve is allowed by both parties to continue to operate as an “independent government agency,” whose monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the president nor any other elected member of the executive or legislative branch. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was appointed by George W. Bush and re-appointed by Obama. Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on whether he would reappoint Bernanke, stating in 2010 that he would reappoint him, but stating recently that he would not reappoint Bernanke for a third term. Bernanke was reappointed for his second term in 2010 after a bipartisan vote of 70-30. However, the Audit the Fed bill has also received strong bipartisan support.

8. In an apparent direct conflict of interest, 130 Republican and Democratic congressional members have invested in company stocks while making legislative decisions that impact those same companies.

9. Initial versions of the Federal Reserve Act were drafted by Republican Senator Nelson Aldrich and the final version was drafted y Democratic Congressman Carter Glass of Virginia, which then went to receive strong bipartisan support in Congress.

10. Both Republican and Democrats have allowed the Federal Reserve to inject trillions of dollars into the economy through their quantitative easing programs. While many Republicans including Romney have said they are against the third round of quantitative easing, neither party has or is likely to introduce bills aimed at regulating or halting quantitative easing altogether.

11. Republicans and Democrats love earmarks so much that even the bipartisan earmark moratorium, while greatly cutting back on earmarks, couldn’t stop the pork from being slipped into bills. Approved earmarks in 2010 totaled over $15 billion and the amount of requested earmarks in 2011 exceeded $129 billion. Citizens Against Government Waste reports that $3.3 billion has been approved for 2012.

12. Both parties and their national, congressional and senatorial committees have spent more than one billion dollars on their 2012 campaigns.

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13. The Democratic and Republican convention committees each received $17,689,800 from the U.S. Treasury for their conventions in 2012 and an additional $600,000 to cover the cost of inflation. This is paid for through a voluntary check off on federal income tax forms.

14. Both parties are largely backed by the same corporate contributors and interest groups. Congressional members also receive contributions from many of the same interest groups. Both parties are heavily lobbied by corporate America — to the tune of $3.3 billion in 2011 and $1.68 billion thus far in 2012.

15. The majority of both parties agreed that Wall Street should receive bailouts. The TARP bailout was signed into law by George W. Bush and initially drafted by Bush-appointed Secretary of Treasury– and Republican– Henry Paulson. Obama supported TARP as a senator and the bailout went on to receive overwhelming support from Democrats in the House. TARP also received largely bipartisan support in the Senate.

16. The same Wall Street TARP recipients who were top contributors to the Democratic presidential campaign in 2008 are now the top contributors backing the Republican presidential campaign in 2012. In 2008, Republican John McCain was backed by the same companies, although his campaign received less than the Obama campaign.

Both parties work hard to maintain the illusion of a two-party system, but in reality they both serve the interests of the business party.

"20. The Democratic and Republican parties have both sued third parties to prevent them from appearing on the ballot in key states."
17. Both parties are private, non-profit corporations and are in no way an official part of the United States government. Furthermore, neither party is mentioned in the Constitution nor is there mention of a two-party system, and a few of our founding fathers expressed concerns regarding the emergence of a rival two-party system.

18. As Glenn Greenwald points out in an article for The Guardian, Republicans and Democrats discuss certain general issues during debates while ignoring other more controversial issues that they may agree on, hoping to convince the public that there is a huge difference of choice.

19. Both Democrats and Republicans seem to believe that voting for a third party is equivalent to throwing away your vote while in reality, if everyone voted their conscience and avoided voting for the “lesser of two evils,” which 46 percent of those polled said they would be doing this election, the two-party stranglehold may actually be broken.

20. The Democratic and Republican parties have both sued third parties to prevent them from appearing on the ballot in key states.

21. Both the Democratic and Republican parties exclude third parties from the presidential debates. In 1987, the Democratic and Republican parties founded the nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates to regulate the presidential debates, which excludes third party candidates from participating in the only nationally televised presidential debates.

22. The Democratic and Republican parties have both been sued for conspiring to exclude third parties from the quadrennial presidential debates.

23. Both also both believe that taxpayers should provide funding to other countries around the world. The bipartisan Commission on Appropriations approved $40.1 billion in foreign aid for the 2013 year.

24. Both party platforms mention Israel, confirm Jerusalem as being the capital city, and both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidate have pledged their allegiance to Israel.

25. The Democratic and Republican parties both agree that a two-state solution should be pursued between Israel and Palestine.

26. No one other than a Democrat or Republican has been elected president in the last 160 years.

27. Lawmakers from both parties in Congress and the executive branch have been responsible for all foreign interventions since 1853, keeping America in a near perpetual state of war. They are also responsible for the assistance and direct involvement of the U.S. in at least 31 instances of covert foreign regime change since the beginning of the Cold War.

28. There is cross-administration support of preemptive cyber attacks. The Obama Administration has continued the Stuxnet cyber attacks against Iran which were started under the Bush Administration.

29. Sanctions against Iran began under Carter and have received strong bipartisan support from every administration since, continuing under the Obama Administration.

30. Both Democrats and Republicans are eager to place even more sanctions on Iran, which harm innocent Iranian civilians, hoping to prevent Iran from developing nukes.  The fact that eight other countries already have nukes is usually ignored.

31. The Democratic and Republican parties both agree that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is a top priority. Obama and Romney also both agree that preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is a top US security priority.

32. At least 360 former Democratic and Republican congresspeople have left office and accepted jobs as lobbyists for corporations or special interest groups who then attempt to influence the same federal government they once worked for. As many as 5,400 congressional staffers have done the same in the past 10 years alone. Referred to as the  “revolving door,” members of both parties routinely move between influential private sector positions and policy-making positions in the executive or legislative branches.

33. Republicans and Democrats can agree that the economic stimulus package helped the economy. Romney has stated that he believes an economic stimulus package was necessary and many Republicans have spoke of the success of the Democratic economic stimulus package. Think Progress reports that over half of the opposing GOP — 110 members from the House and Senate — returned to their home states to either claim credit for popular stimulus programs or to tout its success.

"41. Both parties use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage through more favorable district boundaries."
34. The large scale domestic spying program currently underway by the NSA, AT&T, Verizon and others, named Stellar Wind, was approved by Bush and has been continued under the Obama Administration. There now exist massive domestic spy centers which are designed to collect every single communication made in the U.S., including e-mails, phone conversations, financial transactions, and internet activity. These have been conveniently ignored by the majority of both parties.

35. Both Republicans and Democrats stay relatively quiet about and generally support U.S. reliance on fiat moneyfractional reserve lending and our debt based monetary policy. Both platforms are void of any mention of monetary policy reform.

36. The Democratic and Republican parties largely support continuing the War on Terror in which Bush Administration policies have been continued and expanded by the Obama Administration. A Political.com poll found that 72 percent of those polled want troops home from Afghanistan now — not in 2014, and a Rasmussen Reports poll found that 59 percent of Americans polled want troops removed from Afghanistan either immediately or within a year.

37. Neither party has constitutionally declared war since World War II. This election cycle, both the Democratic and Republican parties have also chosen presidential candidates who believe that the president has the power to go to war without congressional approval. Like the Bush Administration’s unconstitutional war in Iraq, the Obama Administration is responsible for an unconstitutional war in Libya. A Romney Administration will consider sending more troops to Libya. Also like George H.W. BushClinton, and George W. Bush, The Obama Administration has sent troops to Somalia. As demonstrated in the third presidential debate, despite who wins the election, foreign policies will likely remain the same.

38. There was strong bipartisan support in the Senate and House for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, however congress never officially declared war.

39. Both parties believe that the U.S. should be intervening in Syria. The Obama Administration began arming the Free Syrian Army rebels, who are joined by Al-Qaeda factions, and Romney has stated that he supports and will continue arming the rebels in the proxy war with Iran and Russia.

40. The Bush Administration’s use of torture through extraordinary rendition, which is when prisoners are sent from CIA black sites to other countries where “information extraction” will be attempted, began after Clinton signed PDD 39 and has continued under the Obama Administration. By failing to speak out or attempting to change these practices, Republicans and Democrats both allow for “enhanced interrogation techniques” — such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, hypothermia and stress positions, among others–  to be used to extract information from suspects. The Obama Administration even granted final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers.

41. Both parties use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage through more favorable district boundaries.

42. Despite the increase in use of illicit drugs in the U.S.,  a rising drug war death toll in Mexico, and the highest public support for marijuana legalization ever, both parties generally avoid speaking about ending the War on Drugs or legalizing marijuana in lieu of a more effective approach. Since the beginning of prohibition in 1937, no administration has attempted to legalize marijuana.  Even though there is more scientific evidence than ever indicating the benefits of marijuana, every administration has kept marijuana regulated under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act. A Schedule I classification places marijuana in a stricter regulatory category than cocaine, labels it as having no medicinal benefit, and prohibits doctors from prescribing it. Hemp production, which would provide many environmental and economic benefits, continues to remain outlawed and ignored as well.

43. Both parties rigged aspects of their 2012 conventions by using teleprompters with pre-loaded and predetermined vote outcomes, and then ignored overwhelming delegate dissent during voice votes.

44. Both parties generally ignore the fact that the United States has the highest incarceration rate per capital in the world with over half imprisoned for nonviolent drug use, and neither platform offers solutions to this problem.

45. It’s common for Republicans and Democrats to pander to various demographics, attempting to win them over.

46. The Bush Administration’s Guantanamo Bay has remained open under Obama and although he did sign an executive order calling for the closing, the Senate, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort, blocked the federal funding to ship the prisoners to Illinois. Obama then signed the federal fund-blocking bill into law when he could have vetoed. The Obama Administration has also imposed new arbitrary rules for the prisoners and Romney has said that he would like to see it double in size.

47. Both parties rely heavily on marketing operations that use brand logos, names, messaging and colors to “sell” their candidate.

48. Under the Bush Administration, not one Senate member voted against the bill that founded the Transportation Security Administration and the House displayed overwhelming support as well. Obama supports the TSA and Romney claims he will make a few improvements but the TSA will remain.

49. A bill designed to ensure that the internet remains open and minimally regulated received strong bipartisan support in the House. On the other hand, there has been bipartisan support for bills such as SOPA and PIPA, which critics such as Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook say would allow severe internet regulation, censorship and provide the president with an “internet kill switch.”

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50. Both platforms agree that “clean coal” is an essential resource for U.S. energy requirements. Romney and Obama both advocate for the use of clean coal as a way of furthering America’s energy independence.

51. Democrats and Republicans are responsible for the 16 trillion national debt and are largely responsible for the 58 trillion in total U.S. debt.

52. Both parties have failed to propose a plan for the immediate balancing of the budget. Romney and Obama both propose federal budget plans that would add trillions to the national debt.

"71. The two-party system continues to operate largely due to laws and regulations created by the two parties."
53. Neither party plans on cutting defense spending, which is currently larger than the combined defense spending of the next 13 countries.

54. According to Gallup, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have record low approval ratings of only 10 percent and according to another poll, 81 percent of those polled have trust in the government “only some of the time or never.”

55. Both the Democratic and Republican platforms mention God and both parties are theistic in nature.

56. There is strong bipartisan support for increased gun control measures. Both Romney and Obama are also supporters of increasing gun control.

57. Republicans and Democrats allow the U.S. to maintain military bases in over 120 countries. A Rasmussen Reports poll found that 51 percent of Americans polled want all troops withdrawn from Western Europe.

58. The Bush-Clinton NAFTA free trade agreement was passed in a bipartisan effort. Obama has not only failed to renegotiate NAFTA, but is now pushing for more NAFTA style deals. Romney has stated that he will be a champion of free trade.

59. The U.S. Cuba trade embargo has been largely bipartisan and neither a Republican nor Democratic administration is likely to lift the embargo.

60. There was strong bipartisan agreement that the NFL lockout should end.

61. Both the Republican and Democratic platform agree that the death penalty should remain in place, which Obama and Romney also support.

62. Although 62 percent of Americans polled said they want to get rid of electoral college in favor of a more direct approach to democracy, neither the Republican or Democratic Party present this as an option.

63. As Jon Stewart points out, the last eight presidents have gone on television and pledged to move America toward an energy-independent future. In 2012, both party platforms as well as both Romney and Obama pledge to bring America into a new era of energy independence.

64. Voter fraud paranoia is largely bipartisan. Voters belonging to both parties are paranoid that the opposing party may be involved in voter fraud.

65. Political campaign advertisements from both parties have long focused on attacking the other candidate in often misleading ways. Gary Johnson takes a different approach to campaign ads, deciding to not mention his opponent by name.

66. Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that allows corporations and special interest groups to spend unlimited amounts of money, in secret, on political campaigning.

67. Yet both the Republican and Democratic parties continue to heavily rely on the same super PAC funded campaign strategies permitted by the Citizens United ruling.

68. Both Democratic and Republican parties are exploiting loopholes that allow members of Congress and presidential candidates to assist super PACs in their fundraising efforts.

69. Among those polled, there is strong bipartisan support for Obama’s Keystone Pipeline project, and the bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support. Romney has indicated that he supports this project as well.

70. The Democratic and Republican parties refuse to ban contributions from corporations and interest groups, whereas the Green Party runs on a platform of refusing to accept corporate donations.

71. The two-party system continues to operate largely due to laws and regulations created by the two parties, which severely limit and regulate the ability of third party candidates to gain traction and ballot access.

72. There has been bipartisan congressional support of filibuster reform.

73. Neither the Democratic or Republican Party are willing to address the 130,000  plus Iraqi and Afghan civilian deaths that have happened as a result of the bipartisan Global War on Terror.

74. Republicans and Democrats are both responsible for the gutting of the welfare system.

75. Presidential signing statements have been a significant source of controversy, but have been employed heavily by every administration since Reagan.

76. Line item vetoes have been supported by presidents and candidats of both parties: Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney. Bills designed to allow line item vetoes have also received bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

77. Both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about the public’s knowledge of their use of drones and the use of cyber weapons against Iran.

78. In the 2012 presidential race, both the Democratic and Republican campaigns have decided to not spend taxpayer money on their campaigns.

79. Both parties act as if the other party is the worst thing that has ever happened to America.

80. A new farm bill, which will finance dozens of price support and crop insurance programs for farmers and food assistance for low-income families, received strong bipartisan support in the Senate.

81. Among those polled, there is strong bipartisan agreement that conservatism is patriotic.

82. Federal term limits, which many say would be a huge step towards ending corruption in Washington, have been repeatedly rejected through bipartisan votes. In a poll conducted by Pollposition.com, 51 percent of those polled said they would support a one-term limit for members of the House and Senate.

83. Both parties largely believe that the government has the power and right to take private property for public use, and sometimes private use, through eminent domain laws.

84. Both parties are responsible for continually growing the size of the federal government.

85. Multimillion dollar no-bid contracts are awarded to companies by both Democratic and Republican administrations.

86. Instead of encouraging an open press, Republicans and Democrats demonize the leak publishing organization known as WikiLeaks, and its founder Julian Assange, who are responsible for leaking information that has reportedly damaged U.S reputation. The U.S. military recently classified WikiLeaks as an enemy of the state, the same legal category that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are placed in.

87. Medicaid and Social Security were initially passed with strong support from both parties.

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88. Republicans and Democrats often claim that their administrations are transparent, but there is plenty of evidence indicating otherwise.

89. The Bush Administration invoked a state of national emergency following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the Obama Administration extended the state of emergency, which allows for revocation of the right to habeas corpus.

90. Since the 1992 presidential debates — which was the only year to include a Democratic, Republican and a third party candidate — the Republican and Democratic candidates have refused to participate in presidential debates that include third parties. Obama and Romney campaigns both received invitations to the Free and Equal debates as well as the IVN online debate, but neither candidate responded.

91. Both parties are reportedly routinely involved in voter fraud.

92. The United States Intelligence Community, which consists of at least sixteen various agencies, has grown out of control and has been left largely unchecked by either party, with some reports indicating that no one knows how much money is spent.

93. Both the Democratic and Republican parties routinely pander to the middle class as they blame their opponents for hurting the middle class, and both platforms advocate for middle class tax cuts. However, multiple studies have demonstrated that the United States has more income inequality than most other developed nations, with the poverty rate at 15 percent and the middle class suffering from almost a 40 percent wealth loss between 2007 and 2010. The top one percent, which most of our lawmakers belong to, has seen increased earnings up to 275 percent in the past 35 years with the top one percent now controlling 40 percent of the nation’s wealth.

94. The Republican and Democratic parties and candidate fail to adequately address the issue of peak oil, which is when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction has been reached and the rate of production begins to decline.

95. Both parties refuse to accept responsibility for the credit downgrade and neither was successful at stopping the downgrade. When S&P decided to downgrade the United States from an AAA credit rating to an AA+ rating, they stated that the blame lies with Congress and policymakers from both parties, dating back to 2001 and the Bush Administration.

96. Thanks to our Democratic and Republican lawmakers, the United States is one of only two countries in the world that permits pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers. The pharmaceutical lobby is routinely the top lobbying industry, spending a total of $124,441,774 on lobbying in 2012 alone. Obama and Romney each received over one million dollars. In 2009, nearly three dozen former congressmen worked as lobbyists for a pharmaceutical or health product company.

97. Republicans and Democrats agree that the government needs more money.

98. This Gallup poll suggests that many Americans — 46 percent of those polled — believe that a third party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties are not doing an adequate job of representing the people.

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99. There is bipartisan agreement that the Social Security payroll tax break should be allowed to expire, which would raise taxes on 163 million Americans regardless of who wins the election.

100. Presidential nominees for both parties are selected through a very complicated and expensive process which involves state caucuses and primaries that happen over the course of many months.

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  1. John Hilton honestly both partys should be alike both should be dedicated to their constituents and whats best for the country but they are both filled with creedy wealthy lawers that nevr seem to have enough money or the power the job gives them.
  2. Charles Isildur I am independent of both Parties.
  3. Joseph Silva Gotta the two party whack jobs we have trying to keep their monopoly.
  4. Don Dassinger The Republican party and Democratic party and big money from deep pockets all are continuing to maintain a strangle-hold on politics. While there few States with open primary elections and there exist high barriers to formation of effective third, fourth and fifth parties, or voter-effected coalitions that reduce the power and effect of party membership we will continue to experience the two party electable-vs-best-leader dilemma and the general election choose-what-you-are-offered dilemma and post election year to year polarization and hyper-politicization of the offices held. Take the money out? How? Reduce corruption? Hah! Improve representation ratios from the current 1 Congressman for 700,000 constituents? Consider these possibilities: Avoid globalism in budgeting. Avoid nationalism in most policy and in most politics. Focus on the people around you and the people around them, focus on your street, neighborhood and community. Vote against anything larger-scale that doesn't need to be up at the State or federal level. Restore our country. We each need to become our own heroes, and neighborhood heroes and servants.
  5. John Allegro Considering that independents typically garner less than 15% of the votes, I can kind of see why both parties would want to eliminate the third party. What would happen if any number of parties were allowed? We can't be so simple minded as to vote based on one issue or even just a handful. We have to look at the candidates and issues in their entirety and vote intelligently rather than by our gut which is what we're seeing more of as time goes on. Our biggest problem in this country is that we tend to vote and forget; hoping that it will take care of itself. We have to stay active and inform our reps about our concerns.
  6. Pilsner Panther The 101st reason is, maybe, that you're a heartless, selfish s.o.b.?
  7. Chelle McMurrey is that constitutional??
  8. Leah TheLioness Boom!
  9. Bill Bowlin Why not just both for conservative Republicans?
  10. Etheridge James The reason it's hard for anyone not a demopublican to win is that they can't get media time because the media is owned by the mega wallstreet corporations who, through bribery, oops, I mean lobbyists, control the executive and legislative branches which nominate and approve the justices in the judicial branch, who would change it if they had any integrity.
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John Hilton
John Hilton

honestly both partys should be alike both should be dedicated to their constituents and whats best for the country but they are both filled with creedy wealthy lawers that nevr seem to have enough money or the power the job gives them.

Joseph Silva
Joseph Silva

Gotta the two party whack jobs we have trying to keep their monopoly.

Don Dassinger
Don Dassinger

The Republican party and Democratic party and big money from deep pockets all are continuing to maintain a strangle-hold on politics. While there few States with open primary elections and there exist high barriers to formation of effective third, fourth and fifth parties, or voter-effected coalitions that reduce the power and effect of party membership we will continue to experience the two party electable-vs-best-leader dilemma and the general election choose-what-you-are-offered dilemma and post election year to year polarization and hyper-politicization of the offices held. Take the money out? How? Reduce corruption? Hah! Improve representation ratios from the current 1 Congressman for 700,000 constituents? Consider these possibilities: Avoid globalism in budgeting. Avoid nationalism in most policy and in most politics. Focus on the people around you and the people around them, focus on your street, neighborhood and community. Vote against anything larger-scale that doesn't need to be up at the State or federal level. Restore our country. We each need to become our own heroes, and neighborhood heroes and servants.

John Allegro
John Allegro

Considering that independents typically garner less than 15% of the votes, I can kind of see why both parties would want to eliminate the third party. What would happen if any number of parties were allowed? We can't be so simple minded as to vote based on one issue or even just a handful. We have to look at the candidates and issues in their entirety and vote intelligently rather than by our gut which is what we're seeing more of as time goes on. Our biggest problem in this country is that we tend to vote and forget; hoping that it will take care of itself. We have to stay active and inform our reps about our concerns.

Pilsner Panther
Pilsner Panther

The 101st reason is, maybe, that you're a heartless, selfish s.o.b.?

Bill Bowlin
Bill Bowlin

Why not just both for conservative Republicans?

Etheridge James
Etheridge James

The reason it's hard for anyone not a demopublican to win is that they can't get media time because the media is owned by the mega wallstreet corporations who, through bribery, oops, I mean lobbyists, control the executive and legislative branches which nominate and approve the justices in the judicial branch, who would change it if they had any integrity.

Adam Reynolds
Adam Reynolds

Everyone should be allowed to run for office and be a part of whatever party or independent or themselves. The point is no one should be denied the opportunity to run for a political office

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

This Post to me is a post "pushing" a Party vs a Person. It just eliminates or highlights the bad in the two major Parties. Simple math, Data, Facts which cannot be argued show the differences glaringly in our last three Presidents. Deficits/Surplus's, Dead/wounded American Soldiers and War costs is another, Healthcare for Americans (services/cost)/World rankings another (healthy people can work, the sick can't). Yes, there is some "Bad" in each Party highlighted here and some good in each not highlighted in this Post. Truthfully, if there is something which the majority of Republicans of today...and majority of Democrats agree on...most likely any elected President, Leader, would agree also, until better solutions could be found and implemented.

Kenneth Watkins
Kenneth Watkins

I bet you can only find 10 things at most republicans and democrats have different. Both want to control the citizens, just different ways. Both act like school house bullys. The majority of us, can agree and disagree civilly. We could fix this nation fast and cheaper than what we are paying political jerks

Seth A. Yellin
Seth A. Yellin

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Darrin Moore
Darrin Moore

In over a 150 years and nether can do anything but make things worse for the people time for them to go and get as many 3rd parties and independents in the government as possible to better represent the will of the people and not two small privet political parties !

Jamale Allan
Jamale Allan

They see the hand writing on the wall. Those of us here cannot combat these demonrats/repugnantians in court, thier cabal includes the SOTUS.

David Akerson
David Akerson

Our Minnesota Democrats want to pass a bill calling for a Super Majority 60 to place an issue up for Constitutional Amendment. Why? Because they R afraid to let the Minnesota people vote. They want to control everything, including what we, The People, get to vote on. If passed it is a real shame for Minnesotans!

Mark Baland
Mark Baland

This is a great article that everyone should read. I've shared it, but I doubt many of my partisan friends will read it or take it seriously. Brainwashing is a powerful thing.

David Akerson
David Akerson

Anybody should be able to be on ballot. No Party affiliation needed.

Bent Baller
Bent Baller

plus the tricks at the ballot box-dead peoples vote should not be counted. if a person is dead it's reasonable to assume they didn't vote-bush jr. did not win against kerry-jeb counted dead peoples votes-so the ballots are rigged anyway-there's gotta be a different way

Bent Baller
Bent Baller

the pundits have taken the back seat up to now and allowed the mainstream media to dictate through ad persuasion and false accusations. if you have no brain, please don't vote-people not smart enough to understand there are consequences down the road for the small prizes immediately-dems and repubs are the same party, depending on the money-it all depends on the money to buy your vote

Sharon Perez
Sharon Perez

I disagree with you Daniel. I think it is the governments job to ensure a social safety net, environmental protections, a secure infrastructure. With the monopoly that corporations have in this country and most of the world, we cannot count on them to provide real choices or to regulate themselves. We need money out of government, we need term limits, and we need transparency. You don't throw the the baby out either the bath water.

Paul Larsen
Paul Larsen

This seems to be written with a definite Libertarian (yes, with a capital 'L') bent to it. I find myself in agreement with both parties on a lot (not all) of these points. I hope this is not just a forum to promote the Libertarian Party.

Ricardo Rey Santos
Ricardo Rey Santos

the other 95 Political Parties have to step-up to the plate and make a noise and for us as Independent Voters we have to choose a qualified man for the Presidency

Daniel DuCharme
Daniel DuCharme

michael rubin: there are ways you as a private citizen can ensure those things. it is not the government's job to redistribute wealth. if you are concerned about the environment, only buy from companies that share your concern. as for "public works projects," the private sector is much more efficient at creating infrastructure than the public sector. the use of force, and ultimately the threat of death or prison time, should not be used to extort money from the population for something private organizations can build using voluntary payment.

Michael Rudnin
Michael Rudnin

My only problem with libertarians is that they aim so focused for minimizing the size of government that they consistently fail to understand the need for social safety nets, environmental protection regulation and public works projects.

Dwaine Kimmick
Dwaine Kimmick

Um thinking there is more than a 100 BUT THE MAIN THING IS THEY WANT POWER!!

Patrick Davis
Patrick Davis

They are trying to undermined us all! Because most people don't know what I am going to type or they, will have fear to stand up to IT! They cant just make up rules, as they dream it! Here read this, and it might help you understand why! Fire the feds, and let me tell you why! It's our fault, and it makes us all look like idiots, In my opinion and I do mean all of us! And this also helped to get, all the young and new voters to have been under minded, due to the fact that, they have manipulated the curriculum in schools, and blind us all, and to help favor of, the opposites of true principles! Which tells us that they always make up stuff as they Dream it up, without getting it approved with the supreme court of justice, which is the highest court in the land, Clearly there is more evidence, that proves how the media, exposes the tyranny, and how Congress, the politicians, school systems, policies and the Feds, stretch their, undermining public influence,with the media and fear mongering, to edify that they can, manipulate truth! Then the elders don't teach them, about this tyrant behavior! Because how will they know this when, they come from other countries with no constitution or never read it, and make them swear to it, and cant get a clear idea on which law is correct by adding policies/federal laws, to confuse them, and us all, then make the older, our parents, or elders in their life vote for people who swear to the constitution on top of a bible that has no principle in their laws!(OATH) And to top it off, the FBI, government officials and politicians just brakes the law and Lie, like all the Luciferian's do, and nobody can stand up to them, even if we know, that the supreme court of justice is the highest court of opinion, and the constitution is the supreme law, and any other office, or law even congress should not allow it, but they do it anyways, knowing the citizens of America are protected, but is unaware of the fact, that any other court or decision can't be a law just because they say so, unless the supreme court rules it, and any other policy's they dream up to suppress us and our freedoms, is protected by the 14th amendment section 1. And after reading it, you will know that if we give up our rights, they have to do the same, and the politicians swore to uphold, defend, preserve and protect from foreign and domestic, but they don't because WE THE PEOPLE let them get away with treason because of this unknowing fact, that the people fail to defend! In case you've never seen this Supreme law which is higher than any law/policy, they can dream up! Here it is! 14th amendment SECTION 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. SO with that being said we have to fire the feds and the whole congress, because we cant, blame one individual or party but the all of them! Because they are all aware of their treason against the people of america..... And we need to get God's principles of truth and Justice in America and kick out the Luciferian Government, that is trying to undermine our freedom! only my opinion that i can see from my time in observation! AND AFTER LOOKING AT THIS, BUT YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO TO SEE ALL THE AGENDA, I think this is one of the most interesting videos I've found on the reasons in the agenda of our government http://youtu.be/Z78FLx7C4Kc

Stephen Hoenig
Stephen Hoenig

I don't know about you guys but I'm moving to Costa Rica.

Ronald Edwards
Ronald Edwards

No, because the problem isn't with perception, it's with implementation. This book/pamphlet does a cursory job at pointing out flaws, but it doesn't suggest how to get to where everyone is represented from here.

Bill Dietrich
Bill Dietrich

This is disgusting in American and they think they are Americans. Vote.

Jacqueline Lynn
Jacqueline Lynn

Soon wont be anyone voting in restricted Primaries! More and more joining us as Independents! We judge by the individual, not their party, not the color of their skin but by their beliefs!

Brian Morse
Brian Morse

The power elite have much invested in keeping us arguing between two irrelevant puppets. That's what I see anyway.

Bubby Bass
Bubby Bass

100 more reasons to disassociate with them

Thomas Weatherford
Thomas Weatherford

Only 100 ways they are alike? Eventually you would have to argue they aren't alike, but rather just one- the same. Precisely why we desperately need to amend voter laws and build a strong "second" party to compete with the Republicrats.

Ian Bell
Ian Bell

Every State needs to change their Voting procedures so that all parties are represented on the ballot for primaries with the top three entering the Final Vote for election. If the Dem's and Repub's want an exclusive primary, then THEY SHOULD PAY FOR IT OUT OF PARTY FUNDS, and definitely NOT Taxpayer Funds!!

John Connolly
John Connolly

Just another example of how absolute power can corrupt absolutely. "Weaken the Parties"??? What an excellent idea!

Nick Waldvogel
Nick Waldvogel

What is the difference between and republican and a democrat? One calls themselves republican and the other calls themselves democrat.