I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am not a Tea Partier. So I just want to give a party-less girl's take on why I don't support either party. Let's start with the Republican's shall we? Republicans: I honestly don't know what they stand for. I do know, however, that they can extreme to the point it's terrifying. It brings to mind my favorite quote by Montaigne: "He who establishes his argument by noise and command proves that his reason is weak." I find the Republican Party full of noise and (attempted) command so this turns me off to ohhhh, 100% of the Republican pundits I choose not to view on my television. My Republican friends attempt to sway me to their family by telling me that I am actually already one their pachyderm brethren (which is news to me) because I am successful. After all, I don't want "them" to take over all that I have worked so hard to accomplish, do I? I'm sorry...who are "them" and why do they "want" what I have? Have you personally talked to "them"? If so, did you try to sit down with "them" over a lovely plate of cheese and wine to talk over exactly why "them" want to do you in? Hmmm... Now admittedly, their allegiance is admirable so I give them points for that; it is indeed hard to find a loyal man. Unfortunately that same allegiance is uber-creepy When loyalty becomes so all-consuming that it takes precedence over every thought in your head, that's when I wave my fingers to the waiter and ask for the check, please. Examples? I make mention to a Repub amigo that I want to give my (only) beloved niece a new Volkswagen Beetle as a graduation present to reward her for all her hard work. Their response, "Ohhh, don't do that; that's a liberal car!" Oookay...which means exactly what? Who told you that it was a "liberal car" (or did you assume it was because of its groovy, curvy body)? Did you call the CEO of Volkswagen to confirm that information? What if Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh all decided that your BMW is also a rolling liberalmobile; would you get rid of it, too? Sadly, I lean towards believing the answer is "yes". So I stay away from the Republican Party because the idea of drinking the Kool-Aid in any capacity just because the preacher says so is unnerving and disturbing. So, what do I know about Republicans? Basically, that they don't like Democrats and they hate liberals. Hm. Sorry, but I need a tiiiish bit more than that before I pledge my allegiance to their flag. That being said, on to the Dems. Democrats: God love 'em. Let me preface what I'm about to say by stating that I don't believe that Democrats are the Flower Children--as it were--that many Republicans make them out to be. I also don't believe that they want to take my hard-earned money and give it away, give it away, give it away now, taking my capitalistic earnings and turning them into communist fodder for the socialist masses. I do believe, however, that Democratic politicians have a tendency to tell their constituents what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. Some call it being "politically correct" or softening the blow; I call it borderline insulting my intelligence. You want this district, principality, ward, state, country out of debt and know you'll have to raise taxes to do it? Well I may not like it, but tell me that, dammit. Don't smile and pat my widdle head and blame it on the big, bad Republicans while you vote for the same bill that they did that ultimately raises or creates new taxes anyway. Stand up and kick some ass without fearing being perceived as "harsh". Also, there are times when I frankly don't see much difference between them and the pachyderms. "Lookit, a bunch of bad men just shit all over us on our own soil and they've got weapons of mass destruction in them thar hills, so let's strike!" Republicans: "Right on!" Democrats: "We-yull, I guess we should check into this further but I don't want to be perceived as unpatriotic to my constituents so...okay (i.e., "Right on!") Then, after the "damage" is done (i.e. election time rolls around) they revert back into their Democrat shells and point the finger at the elephants. "Yes, I did it too but the way I did what I did was different than the way they did what they did!" Sigh. I can respect bad decision-making (especially if there is a lesson learned from said bad decision-making). What I can't respect is bad decision making that one not only doesn't own up to, but actually blames on someone else. Tea Party: Where should I begin? How dost thou befuddle me Tea Party, let me count the ways...perhaps it is the signs you hold up so proudly at your rallies that state such gems as, "The American Taxpayers Are The Jews for Obama's Ovens", or, "Obamanomics - Monkey See, Monkey Spend!", or "Congress = Slave owner, Taxpayer = Nigger". Or perhaps it was those fabulous images emblazoned in my brain of a stuffed monkey with an Obama mask on its face hung from a noose that was lovingly clenched in the hand of a man with an "Obama Equals White Slavery" sign in his other paw. Apparently to let them tell it though, their party is about patriotism, not racism (even though you can Google a gazillion example of it) and their party is about facts and not fear (though Tea Partiers throw the word communism and socialism around more in the new millennium than it was thrown during the actual Cold War/Red scare). Wow; what a deliciously (disturbing) conundrum! I believe a black man being elected President of the United States of America was the best thing that could have happened to race relations in this country, because it showed so many Americans (both white and black) how fucking racist they really are. So yay, let's hear it for change! I do my level best to stay abreast of issues concerning my well-being and the well-being of others that with whom I share this big, spinning rock called "Earth". I research the issues that I believe most affect others and myself, register to vote, and during election time I vote for the candidate I believe will best make the decisions for the issues. But my God, I am sick to death of "politics" (note the quotes) and I am sick to death of the 5th-grade-kickball-game mentality of picking sides. Is there anyone else out there who is sick of it as well?