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What makes a Republican/Democrat?

By cp7212 ·
I have read many posts and political "slurs" on TR about the Republican/Democrat debate. I HAD to register as Democrat because my father worked for the city government.

Religiously, I call myself a Christian, even though I believe in some parts of many religions. I find myself agreeing with both Republican issues and Democratic issues. I don't know whether to change my registration or leave it.

So, I ask you, what do YOU think makes a Republican or a Democrat? (Personally, I don't see why we have to register as one or the other.)

Thanks for your input.

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A question for you

by neilb@uk In reply to What makes a Republican/D ...

What is the significance of "registering" as one or the other? I'm not sure if we have the equivalent over here.

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I'm surprised they don't do it here

by Oz_Media In reply to A question for you

I figure the best thing for TR is to have a political registry also. This way, Americans would know who to believe and who to flame before they type a single keystroke.

They have TAGGING on TR, but the political tagging would be an asset to those who may find themselves agreeing with someone only to find out they are of a different political preference.

I guess if Repubs stay in power for another term, we will see them trying to crate a rule that two democrats can't get married due to thier unfavourable choice of a life partner.

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There you go again...

by Cactus Pete In reply to I'm surprised they don't ...

It's "unfavorable"...

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by TonytheTiger In reply to I'm surprised they don't ...

It would seem to me that, since teeenagers rebel against their parents, that Republicans would want to create a rule stateing that Democrats MUST marry each other :)

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Some places of employment

by TonytheTiger In reply to A question for you

especially government employment, give favorable job opportunities to those who are of the same political party as those in power. It's not as prevalent as it used to be, having mostly given way to the "good-old-boys" method.

In some states, you are required to declare your party before being allowed to vote in a primary election, at which time you will only be allowed to vote for that party's candidates. This declaration is public record. If you didn't declare a party, you were given a ballot with only non-partisan issues and offices on it.

In theory, this is supposed to prevent you from falsely declaring the opposite party in order to try to defeat that party's likely contender for the general election. Not very many states do this, however, so maybe practice has been determined to be out-of-step with theory.

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by cp7212 In reply to Some places of employment

When I turned 18 and I could vote, I remember my dad telling me when I go register to vote, register Democrat. I had no idea why he told me this (he worked for the city government - city garage), only that he made it very clear that I could only register as a Democrat.

Back then, I didn't know much about why I had to register as such, but hey, it was my dad. Years later, when I found out, I was a little upset. But the whole time my dad was working, that's the way it was. Period.

Frankly, I find it very disturbing.

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I know what you mean.

by TonytheTiger In reply to Exactly

Things have changed a lot. I can actually remember when a new (different party) governor took office, the state employees who were not of the right party simply knew that their days were numbered.

Disturbing indeed, but at least it was out in the open and you knew where you stood. It's been replaced over the years with a secretive, I'll wash your back if you'll wash mine, appproach which I personally find even more frightening. There is no loyalty at all any more.

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Registering with a political party

by maxwell edison In reply to What makes a Republican/D ...

You don't have to register as a member of any political party, instead opting to register as independent or unaffiliated. However, this would allow you to vote in the general elections only, not in the primary elections.

The primary elections, where candidates from the same party campaign against each other for the privilege of representing their party in the general elections, can only be decided by members of that particular party. Republicans cannot vote in the Democrat primary, for example, and Democrats can't select their preferred Republican in the Republican primaries. In the general election, however, once those primaries are decided, you can vote for either one, regardless of you party affiliation, of lack thereof.

In the 2004 presidential elections, for example, among the choices in the Democrat Party primary elections were:

John Kerry, John Edwards, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, Al Sharpton, Wesley Clark, Carol Moseley Braun, Dennis Kucinich, Bob Graham, and **** Gephardt.

Only registered Democrats could cast a vote for one of those choices. The registered Democrat voters, obviously, selected John Kerry.

Primary elections, not to be confused with a state caucus, are state elections, not national elections; and all of the candidates may or may not appear on all of the state primary ballots.

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Follow up

by Cactus Pete In reply to Registering with a politi ...

Max, perhaps you know, or maybe someone else.

I think some states, or some districts, whatever, don't force you to be the party for which you vote in primaries. In Illinois, that is the case, Like Colorado, I suppose must be. But I keep thinking that some mid-Atlantic state(s) (among possibly others) do(es)n't require that.

Anyone know for sure?

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You're right - each state has its own rules

by maxwell edison In reply to Follow up

But I don't know the rules for all 50 states.

I do know that my state, Colorado, will not allow a registered "Whatever" to vote in the other party's primary.

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