posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 10:57 PM
So, i've got a big problem.
I have been a fan of Ron Paul since the first Republican debate where he threw Rudy into a tizzy over his claims that we should look at our own
foreign policy since the end of WWII if we want to understand why muslims really want to attack us. I've always considered myself an independent
because i believe in some republican principles and some democratic one's.
Since that first debate, i've been planning to register as a Republican so i can vote for Ron Paul in the Florida primaries. I just completed my
registration application yesterday, and when it came time to note my party affiliation, i blanked.
Is it ethical to change your party affiliation for the sole purpose of electing a candidate in that party if you are not in line with those parties
I think America is headed down a long dark road. I also think America is resilient enough to rise above this and, through the proper channels, repair
ourselves. I just don't know if loop holes are the way to go about it.
So, should I go ahead and register as a republican simply because i want Ron paul to make it to the general election where he will have the best
chance to beat Hillary? Or do i stick to my principles and register as an Independent so i can most honestly represent my beliefs?
On the one hand, voters who change their party affiliations in time for their primaries could effectively add exposure to Paul for upcoming primaries
in other states, and maybe even win states. On the other hand, we're doing the third party role a disservice by posing as republicans.
I just don't know. I am conservative in the terms that i believe in states rights, privatization of Education, no property or income tax. I do not
agree with conservative social beliefs, as i am pro choice, i agree with decriminilization of marijuanna and prostitution. Perhaps i should register
as a libertarian and call it a day.
But doesn't registering under a third party restrict my ability to make my voice heard in the primaries? It's not fair. It should be changed.
It's taxation without representation all over again, isn't it? I'm paying taxes, and yet i do not have an adequate representation of my beliefs. I
can't express them via traditional voting methods.