Originally Posted by simonsimons34
Its crazy funny how people stick with their party no matter how bad the person running is . This goes to everyone. Not just Republicans. Not just Democrats.
Correction: how some
people do. Not all people.
For example I belong to no political parties. When I turned 18 (the voting age) and had decisions to make, I pragmatically chose Ronald Reagan's promises with a "wait and see" attitude. When I discovered that Reagan and other Republicans have a nasty habit of lying, I rejected the entire Republican party. As time has passed, the Republicans have only given me more reason to reject them.
Because the Republicans had betrayed my trust so egregiously, I decided to subscribe to no political party. It would have been foolish of me to rush into the arms of the Democratic party as a reaction. I was in no hurry to risk being "fooled twice" and didn't agree with many of the Democratic party's values. I believe in some of the principles that the Republicans advertise but never deliver. So that makes me a life-long independent.
My belief in President Obama comes from my own impressions of him when I lived in Chicago. Although I never knew the man personally, I liked what he did locally. When he ran for the Illinois Senate I voted for him, and he didn't disappoint. Same thing when he ran for the US Senate.
While I definitely saw the potential for Barack Obama becoming the first black President, I would have preferred it if he had racked up more political experience first. But when it became obvious that this was his time, I didn't hesitate to back him. And he didn't disappoint.
So you see, my support for our President didn't come from party affiliation because I have none. It's not due to political leanings because I'm pretty balanced. It is because I had a front seat to watch Barack Obama's career unfold, and because I recognized a great potential.