Long time Democrat. I finally had enough. I am now a registered Independent voter.
I'm not a prolific poster, I was a long-time lurker who joined ATS to refute posts by a Right-leaning member that I thought were over the top.
Years have passed and I would say time changes us all (and the things around us.) So here it is, an honest explanation of why I quit the Democratic
party earlier this year.
A few reasons:
Vote totals went down after I went to bed during the election. I have never seen this in my life and they were not explained at all.
Election watchers were sent home before the counting was finished in multiple precincts.
Progressives trying to push the Democratic party further left until it feels like the party of nonsense
-Critical Race Theory
-Embrace Socialism (My rich sister points to Norway, I suggest Cuba is more realistic)
Over the top theatrics stating that questioning election results puts our Democracy in Jeopardy. This is crap, previous elections have been contested
(by both parties) and it's part of Democracy to make sure the person we say was elected was actually elected.
Propaganda or lying to citizens by government officials: CDC Lied about masks. I worked in lab science for 20+ years. I've read a ton of peer reviewed
studies that show mask effectiveness under varying conditions (and use cases.) Lying to change my behavior is pathetic and authoritarian. Just
restrict surgical mask sales or appeal to our intelligence. Don't assume people are dumb and try and manipulate us... (I should also include)
The creation of a group of people who will not work (thanks illegal welfare state and landlord mandates)
The destruction of the rental and housing markets (thanks illegal welfare state and landlord mandates)
Illegal orders/abuse of power (see above, we never mandated the CDC with power over the rental market and all landlords)
Wrecking downtown and destroying businesses (riots during the summer of love.) I applaud small business owners, wrecking things fixed nothing.
Treating rioters as heroes and dropping their charges... If you do this then the capital riot was certainly not an insurgency, it was a form of
protest. Drop their charges too.
The following came along and confirmed to me that my decision was correct:
Forced Vaccination (Hey, the science says that if you had COVID you should not get the vaccine and that Natural Immunity exists. Quit saying that the
Democratic party follows the science.)
Democrats decrying border conditions under Trump do not care how much worse Biden has made it.
Vaccine mandates for citizens but not for the tens of thousands of aliens that were brought in to the country recently.
Biden claiming that Trump's timeline in Afghanistan was driving his surrender. I call BS, he undid every one of Trumps orders in record time. Biden
chose the Timeline for Afghanistan.
Demanding business owners police their employees vaccination status under penalty of (ridiculously high) fine. A fine high enough to destroy business
that do not comply. Thanks for bypassing congress for illegal orders, you are actually worse than Trump when it comes to ignoring our Constitution and
Rule of Law.
Not really sure why I wanted to get this off my chest, but I did.
edit on 2-10-2021 by Elton because: Clarifications