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And The Most Popular Political Party In America Is...

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The following poll results from Gallup represent the most significant domestic news story I have come across in 2014 to-date. Gallup polling in 2013 showed that the highest number of Americans now identify as Independents since it starting asking the question 25 years ago. Specifically, 42% identify as Independents, versus 31% as Democrats and 25% as Republicans. Even more interesting, the trend accelerated as the year progressed. If we look at quarterly results, in 4Q13 46% identified as Independents, versus 29% Democrat and 22% Republican.

This is huge, huge news and it seems that my long held belief that both the Democrat and Republican parties are set to completely disintegrate during this current 4th Turning. Earlier in 2012, wrote a piece titled, The Seventy Percent, in which I predicted that no matter who would go on to win the Presidential election, 70% of the public would be disappointed.

This sets up huge opportunities for non-conventional candidates to gain control of local and national office in 2014 and beyond. While I hold out limited hope for traditional politics, we must fight on all fronts for secular reform and the window right now is wide open.

From Gallup.

Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.

The results are based on more than 18,000 interviews with Americans from 13 separate Gallup multiple-day polls conducted in 2013.

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In each of the last three years, at least 40% of Americans have identified as independents. These are also the only years in Gallup’s records that the percentage of independents has reached that level.

Democratic identification has also declined in recent years, falling five points from its recent high of 36% in 2008, the year President Barack Obama was elected. The current 31% of Americans identifying as Democrats matches the lowest annual average in the last 25 years.

The percentage of Americans identifying as independents grew over the course of 2013, surging to 46% in the fourth quarter. That coincided with the partial government shutdown in October and the problematic rollout of major provisions of the healthcare law, commonly known as “Obamacare.”

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Americans are increasingly declaring independence from the political parties. It is not uncommon for the percentage of independents to rise in a non-election year, as 2013 was. Still, the general trend in recent years, including the 2012 election year, has been toward greater percentages of Americans identifying with neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party, although most still admit to leaning toward one of the parties.

The increased independence adds a greater level of unpredictability to this year’s congressional midterm elections. Because U.S. voters are less anchored to the parties than ever before, it’s not clear what kind of appeals may be most effective to winning votes. But with Americans increasingly eschewing party labels for themselves, candidates who are less closely aligned to their party or its prevailing doctrine may benefit.

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Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:19 | 4316611 LawsofPhysics
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Yet, they still vote red or blue...

same as it ever was...

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:25 | 4316637 NoDebt
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I can't wait to see who the Independent Party nominates in 2014.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:26 | 4316649 nope-1004
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I bet it's Larry Summers.  Banker tentacles got it covered, don't you worry.

 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:33 | 4316692 macholatte
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And The Most Popular Political Party In America Is...

The Progressive Party, of course, since it is the only political party. Blue Team and Red Team are merely the components, like a pair of shoes.

 

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."

- -  George Orwell   1984

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:50 | 4316802 Joe Davola
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somehow 105% vote blue in many precincts

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:58 | 4316852 Xibalba
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that's like 500% less than where I am

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:11 | 4316909 NotApplicable
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Gee, nobody but the diehard moon-bats and wing-nuts still wants to associate with either major political party. Surprise, surprise.

Thing is, "Independent" merely means "Malleable Swing Voter," as nearly every last one of those people will vote red or blue come "Selection Day."

When I was a kid, one of my friends dad told me that he "had voted for every President." All I wanted to do was to ask him how he could be so stupid.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:59 | 4317093 Anusocracy
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Independents are the intersection of two circles, one representing hunter-gatherer liberals, the other representing the sedentist pharaonic conservatives, who developed from the hunter-gatherers. Independents are those in transition.

If you draw another, much smaller circle, intersecting the conservative circle, you have the libertarians, developing from conservatives.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:46 | 4317620 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Thing is, "Independent" merely means "Malleable Swing Voter," as nearly every last one of those people will vote red or blue come "Selection Day."

Don't blame me - I didn't vote.

When I was a kid, one of my friends dad told me that he "had voted for every President." All I wanted to do was to ask him how he could be so stupid.

Clearly, sir, you would have been disappointed by the gentleman's response. Even if he had been able to draw from some hitherto unknown reserve of intelligence and wisdom, simply comprehending the question would have placed him into a menacingly alien frame of reference. In a best case scenario, his sanest response would have been simply to run off, shrieking in horror.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:19 | 4317160 EscapingProgress
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100% of people who support Independent candidates still support their own slavery.

Your master's tools (voting) can never be used to dismantle your master's house. It's time to leave the plantation.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:57 | 4317080 MedTechEntrepreneur
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"The Most Popular Political Party In America"? 

Soon it will be, "The Donner Party"

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:48 | 4317046 Duke of Earl
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Heh.  The graph is confusing to me since it capitalizes the 'I' in Independent indicating the actual party rather that the fact that 42% of people are simply saying "I'm not a Democrat or Republican" probably with a silent "Just leave me alone".

I would look at those 42% as a group who won't vote for anyone in particluar if at all...thereby being no factor or helping to entrench the Progressives by their absence or last minute swing by submitting to some Rock the Vote propaganda.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:28 | 4316654 Ghordius
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only because it's the current "paradigm". myself, I find the single-winner voting systems slightly antiquated, but that's my taste

yet the Brits have the same one, and they have more than two parties. in fact, at the moment no party has a majority in parliament and Cameron is supported by a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal-Democrats, with Labour in opposition

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:34 | 4316677 TruthInSunshine
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The ONLY chance that the U.S. has at surviving is if the "two party" oligopoly (it's really a monopoly; read on) is broken up once and for all, and the multinational corporate puppeteers that control both parties (they use material insignificant social wedge issues such as the pledge of allegiance in public schools as the material to keep the sheeple divided) can no longer BUY POLITICIANS, THEIR STAFFERS, REGULATORS & ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

THERE IS ONLY ONE POLITICAL PARTY IN THE U.S. AND IT'S THE CRONYCOMRADE DEMUBLICAN PARTY, WHERE ALL OF "GOVERNMENT" IS DEEPLY CAPTURED/OWNED BY THE SAME BANKING/CORPORATE INTERESTS, AT PRESENT.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:43 | 4316756 ZerOhead
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Yup... This is great news!

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:47 | 4316783 Sorynn
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Decentralization in the face of declinging EROEI is really the only endgame... I don't see how the US stays in its current form more then 30 years.  The age of broken promises is here, just most people are stuck in the denial phase.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:42 | 4316750 Ruffcut
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I'm a independent repukeacratneolibshitmuffin. That covers all of the bullshit. And on occasion I enjoy shitting in my pants.

It is the perfect system for control by chaos and confusion. I'm gong to run for office soon as I shave my asshair off for the photo shoot.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:45 | 4316768 midtowng
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Does "Independent" include 3rd parties? I'm betting it does.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:05 | 4316883 KickIce
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Most people have realized things are screwed up but they're unable to trace it back to cental banks and the Fed.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:39 | 4317010 Freddie
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The party that runs everything is the NWO-See Eye AA/Al Ki Dah-En Ess A-MIC Party.   They run the show. 

Elections do not matter because the Big Party has files on everyone. 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:57 | 4317084 MeBizarro
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Because in most cases they simply don't have a chance to vote for other candidates or know that vote won't mean anything at the state or federal level. 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 23:04 | 4318101 IREN Colorado
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I disagree Laws,

Note that if the graph is accurate, it shows the Democrat Party has remained fairly stable over the entire time set. Note also that the Grand Old Party has a net loss over the same time frame. If this is accurate, I propose that Republicans are finally tired of being the "Progessive Lite" brand. Fear not, Christie will get US over this bridge!

Oh, wait a minute....

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 01:18 | 4318413 TheReplacement
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In most cases, they have no other choice.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:22 | 4316614 hedgeless_horseman
Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:26 | 4316642 The Proletariat
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Your scope is off by about 1/4 click to the right.  Unless you took that shot outside and the wind was slightly (un-noticably) blowing to the right.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:26 | 4316646 NoDebt
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How did you miss that last 10 points on the "personal issues score"?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:30 | 4316662 hedgeless_horseman
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Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs.

Maybe.  There are many very strong mind-altering drugs that I believe should, at the very least, require a prescription. 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:32 | 4316679 Skateboarder
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Caffeine, for starters.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:37 | 4316702 hedgeless_horseman
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Here are some examples.  I vote, "maybe," instead of, "disagree," because part of me strongly believes in natural selection.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:43 | 4316741 Skateboarder
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If morons want to use/abuse anything outside of its normal usage, then let natural selection carry them off indeed. Restriction of substance and restriction of information are sister tyrannies. There is no forbidden fruit except which we label as such.

Modern synthesized anasthetics are a sensitive class of drug. It takes great knowledge of chemistry to understand when/where/why to apply them. Definitely not for the average monkey trying to get high...

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:56 | 4316806 hedgeless_horseman
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I vote, "maybe," instead of, "disagree," because the other part of me cares deeply for the average monkey trying to get high.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:04 | 4316881 NotApplicable
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Coercion by force is still the slippery slope of Fascism. Trying to force others to adopt your ways will NEVER result in compliance. Instead it breeds social decay.

When I saw the chart you posted, I immediately knew it was due to fearing that people can't act like adults unless you put a gun to their head.

Welcome to DayCare World. Enjoy your stay.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 21:24 | 4317784 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

When I saw the chart you posted, I immediately knew it was due to fearing that people can't act like adults unless you put a gun to their head.

Some people just feel better about themselves by supporting the capricious and arbitrary exercise of the full power of the state against people who are doing Things That Are Wrong®.

Feelings are the mattering bits, so the issue never quite makes it to the cerebral cortex for rational consideration. They don't want any control over recreational drugs, such as limiting sales to adults, because legalization "sends the wrong message to children". They prefer that children have easy access to recreational drugs via the thriving black market created by prohibition, because "sending the right message to children" makes them feel good.

It also allows a lot of parents to sidestep the difficulty of having to talk sensibly with their children about the issue. "Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?"

Welcome to DayCare World. Enjoy your stay.

It's for the cheeeldren. It's always for the cheeeldren. Mmmmkay? So don't you even think about growing up, or else the terrists will get you!

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:06 | 4316884 Skateboarder
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I love you man. You gotta choose a side someday though. :)

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:24 | 4317181 Temporalist
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There is a problem though becuase if natural selection only worked on the person overdosing or dying from the drugs that would be fine but there are always additional victims and most often innocent at that. 

 

If people smoking crack or meth or bath salts were not able to drive a car and they all never harmed anyone it wouldn't be a problem.  Even the pot smokers aren't immune since they make honey oil and blow themselves and their neighbors up sometimes.

 

I'm for people being free to do whatever they want but it's not always a victimless "crime".

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 21:50 | 4317892 malikai
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Problem is, people don't kill behind the wheel too often from crack, bath salts, or even weed.

The elephant in the room is alcohol.

If you're not willing to restrict alcohol, then you better be consistent, or we will always end up where we are now.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:01 | 4317301 Harbanger
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Here's the average monkey trying to get high...and then jumping out of a window.  Of course people need restrictions.  You may have seen this video already,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2WtQRWCdmc

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:31 | 4317375 Skateboarder
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First rule of salvia: NEVER do it without a sober watcher on hand. These people are grade-A idiots.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 18:57 | 4317282 Harbanger
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"If morons want to use/abuse anything outside of its normal usage, then let natural selection carry them off indeed."

Is it natural selection or genocide? Like the Opium trade which created more and more addicts in China, until it eventually caused the fall of their ancient imperial order.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 19:34 | 4317391 Skateboarder
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Natural selection, when looking at individual cases. Opium is a fucked up drug and can be harnessed for genocide. Just ask all the pill-poppin Americans how much they love their opiates.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:33 | 4316685 Ghordius
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statist! statist! nanny-state statist! ;-) LOL

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:35 | 4316705 ebworthen
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MSNBC?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:41 | 4316746 akarc
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Oh God, my insurance will never cover em. Probably a good thing though.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:31 | 4316672 Skateboarder
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I'm a statist dicktater. You are all officially required to have fun for three hours a day. All violators will by punished by tickle.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 17:06 | 4316892 NotApplicable
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I tell statists all the time that I'm Emporer of the Universe, and that they had better do as I say.

Somehow, they never get the connection.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:28 | 4316660 29.5 hours
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My red dot appeared close to the one above. However, I couldn't see privatizing Social Security. In the current context, that would be same as giving lots of loot to the primary banks.

 

 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:31 | 4316675 Ghordius
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on that test I usually result as a centrist (when I understand the issues discussed, which are very, very US-centric). yet that diagram has only two dimensions. imho there are three dimension of polical thought: conservative, socialist and liberal

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:36 | 4316711 29.5 hours
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I see your point but all 3 terms have decayed beyond hope of descriptive redemption.  None reflect true political "thought".  All 3 describe almost identical masses of grasping, statist opportunists.

 

 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:44 | 4316763 Skateboarder
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An opportunist is the worst kind of motherfucker.

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