Is This an Accurate Description of Being an Independent or Fence Rider? I Am a Former Republican of 27 Yrs. ?

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Question by PM: Is this an accurate description of being an Independent or Fence Rider? I am a former Republican of 27 yrs. ?
Please be kind… I am looking for clarity here? Not trying to prove anything… Does this description fall into the Independent Party or any party you know?

20 Reasons Why I Am An Independent

I am an Independent Because…

General Observation
1. …I believe that both the Republican and Democratic Parties have many strengths as well as weaknesses. Furthermore, neither party’s political platform totally encompasses the ability, discernment and insights to tackle the diversity and range of issues in today’s American Culture…

Relationship of the Church to Politics
2. …I believe that the Christian faith should not be privatized (i.e. Christianity kept out of the public life)
3. …I believe that the Christian faith should not be politicized (i.e. Christianity used for political interests)
4. …I believe that the Church should be freed from ‘Coercive Secularism’ (i.e. the attempts to ban the church from the public square)
5. …I believe that the Church should not embrace ‘Religious Extremism’ (i.e. using the church to force policies upon society with spiritual bullying)
6. …I believe that the Church has become known more for what it is ‘against’ rather than what it is ‘for’ due to its recent involvement in politics over the last 3 decades. In other words, the church’s political activism has blurred, clouded and gotten in the way of the gospel.
7. …I believe that when you mix the Christian faith with politics, that you get politics
8. …the Church of Christ cannot be captive to any political party. The Church has its ‘citizenship’ in the City of God while at the same time living in the City of Man.

Morality
9. …I believe abortion & homosexuality are important moral issues of our time. However, I do not believe that these two issues alone adequately encompass all of society’s moral dilemmas
10. …I believe that poverty, peace & health concerns (i.e. the Worldwide Aids Epidemic) are important moral issues of our time. However, I do not believe that these three issues alone adequately encompass all of society’s moral dilemmas
11. …I believe that neither major political party can claim moral superiority or monopolize all of morality

Fiscal Issues
12. …I believe that we need a national fiscal policy that rewards those who work hard
13. …I believe we need a national fiscal policy that is compassionate to those that struggle (i.e. the least of these)

War
14. …I do not believe in a Pre-emptive War Strategy (i.e. Neoconservative Republican War Strategy)
15. …I do not believe in Pacifism (i.e. Aggressive-Progressive Democrat War Strategy)
16. …I believe in The Roman Catholic’s Just War Theory (i.e. Self-Defense, War at Last Resort, Etc…)

Foreign Policy
17. …I believe that a Foreign Policy founded upon isolation and silence never solves conflicts
18. …I believe that we need to have talks with unfriendly nations with certain preconditions set before hand
19. …I believe that we need to reinforce our border for national security while at the same time recognizing that illegal immigrants are God’s Children.

Media
20. …I believe that Fox News is ‘Fair and Balanced’ in the context of a conservative worldview and that MSNBC gives a ‘Fuller Spectrum of News’ in the context of a liberal worldview.

Best answer:

Answer by common_sense
These are all pretty independent. I agree with every single one of those things, although I’m still a Republican. There are just a few things that make me lean a little bit right, no matter how moderate I am, that voids my status as an Independent.

You didn’t mention environmental issues, though. Democrats focus way too much on things like reducing carbon emissions when we should be focusing on alternative energy sources, and Republicans tend to be swayed too much by big business who neglect the detriments caused to the environment.

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  1. Clarence P says:

    I am a born again christian, was a conservative democrat back around
    1979-80, Jimmy Carter made me a Republican[his shoddy admin] I highly respect Zell Miller of Georgia[retired senator] he was the kind of democrat one was not ashamed of. I feel Ronald Reagan was the best President we have ever had, I have even ran in our local elections as a conservative Republican, but our party has filled up with
    moderates like McCain[a liberal] and also fell into corruption and immorality to the point we can no longer point a finger at the democrats. we were the party of family values until the last four years or so, I have as a result decided to brand myself also as an Independent, would not vote for a democrat liberal, had a difficult time voting for McCain this time, actually voted for Sarah Palin, without her,
    he had no campaign, she was a good 60 % of it, his campaign tried to cast blame on her at the last for McCain’s loss, he lost when he was
    nominated to be the party front runner, we had no candidate this time,
    Huckabee was my choice all along, I feel he would have been a great
    President, I would like to see him and Palin on a 2012 ticket. God Bless you Montana, seems we have something in common, truth is
    it was more common than we think, an awful lot of Republicans bailed out on account of a poor choice candidate this time.

  2. Bloatedtoad says:

    There was a Presidential candidate that talked about a majority of your points (Ron Paul – remember him?) Here is a speech that talks about much of what you mentioned here including the Christian Just War Theory. This was from 2003, well before he decided to run for President. Interestingly, he has stated that the Republicans have lost their way (he’s Republican) and when he lost his run he endorsed the Third Party movement as a way to be independent (not a lot different from what you’d like to do). Watch this:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-495829089909498224&ei=HgRfScW7FqO6qAOSp6GgCw&q=ron+paul+neoconned&hl=en