Being an American > Party Affiliation: A Reflection

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In summary, the conversation discusses the current state of politics and how party affiliation is not as important as being an American. The two-party system is seen as promoting bribery and corruption, with businesses having too much control over the government. This has resulted in politicians serving the interests of monied interests rather than the voters. People who are dissatisfied with this situation can only make small changes, as politicians are influenced by lobbyists and special interests.
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With politics being what they are; paraphrasing one of the best quotes I have heard in a long time, on 60 minutes this past Sunday.

"Greater than party affiliation (Democrat/Republican) is being an American."
 
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You can vote for a Democratic or Republican presidential candidate, but the stark fact is that the 2-party system has legalized bribery and corruption and that businesses control our government. Our government no longer serves to implement the wishes of the voters - only the wishes of monied interests. Those of us who are fed up with this crap can only make incremental changes in the behaviors of the politicians, because they know that the creeps on K street will make everything right and cancel our voices.
 
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I believe in evidence-based thinking and logic. In this case, the evidence shows that being an American should hold greater importance than one's party affiliation. Our country was built on the principles of democracy, equality, and unity. These values should transcend political parties and guide our actions as Americans.

Unfortunately, in recent years, party affiliation has become a divisive and polarizing factor in our society. It has led to a toxic political climate where individuals are more focused on their party's success rather than the well-being of our nation. This narrow-minded thinking only serves to hinder progress and prevent us from finding common ground and working together towards a better future.

Furthermore, party affiliation should not define us as individuals. We are complex beings with varying beliefs and values, and it is unfair to label someone solely based on their political party. As Americans, we should celebrate our diversity and embrace different perspectives, rather than allowing it to divide us.

In light of this, the quote from 60 minutes is a powerful reminder that our identity as Americans should take precedence over our party affiliation. We must remember that we are all in this together, and our shared identity as Americans should unite us in working towards a better tomorrow. Let us prioritize the greater good of our country over personal or party interests, and strive towards a more united and prosperous nation.
 

Related to Being an American > Party Affiliation: A Reflection

What does it mean to have a party affiliation as an American?

Having a party affiliation as an American means that you have chosen to align yourself with a specific political party and its values and beliefs. This can influence your voting decisions and your overall political views.

How is party affiliation determined in the United States?

In the United States, party affiliation is typically determined by an individual's registration with a political party. This can vary by state, as some states have open primary systems where voters can choose which party's primary election to participate in, while others have closed primaries where only registered party members can vote.

What are the two main political parties in the United States?

The two main political parties in the United States are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. These parties represent the majority of elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

Can an American be affiliated with a third party?

Yes, an American can be affiliated with a third party, which refers to any political party outside of the two main parties. Examples of third parties in the United States include the Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Constitution Party.

Do Americans have to be affiliated with a political party?

No, Americans do not have to be affiliated with a political party. In fact, some individuals may choose to identify as independent, meaning they do not align with any specific political party. However, party affiliation can be important for participating in primary elections and having a say in the selection of a party's candidate for a general election.

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