Claiming "Independent" gives you much more power than claiming a specific Party affiliation.
One, it doesn't pigeon-hole you (and put you on any Watch-Lists).
Two, the Democrats and the Republicans both generally allow Independents to vote in their Primaries (they don't have to, but they almost always do).
Three, it allows you to vote on the issues and with your conscience rather than with your Party, without anyone having hurt feelings over it.
We do need more Political Parties in the U.S. This 50-50 (or 47-53, 53-47) see-saw we are on in the United States is getting us no where fast.
Politics has been reduced to nothing more than Friday Night Amateur Football where citizens side with their favorite team out of loyalty rather than
the merits of the politicians themselves, or the intent of proposed legislation, or the better interests of the country. The Presidential Election
should not be considered the Super-Bowl, and Congress should not be the Play-offs!
Since we are a deadlocked Nation divided, let us prevent a Civil War (politically or literally) by dividing up the Parties even further so that no one
has a clear majority any longer.
The more Political Parties that are involved in our Political System, the more things will focus on the real issues at hand, rather than brain-dead
loyalty to Political Lines or to slight the other Party. Also, it would diminish the power of the Lobbyists as they would have to buy out a lot more
Parties than they have had to do thus far!
If we had 9 or 10 Political Parties in the United States, with the constituency of the United States divided somewhat equally among them, our Congress
would get a lot more accomplished with far less polemic agendas being protected at all costs.
The only downside I see to multiple Political Parties is that it makes for far more Scapegoats than we have currently. Instead of the Right point to
the Left or the Left pointing to the Right to place all of the blame for everything that is wrong, each party would have 9 others they could point the
blame at. Blamethrowing would become the new favorite pastime in Politics under a Multi-Party System (as if it isn't already).