After hearing about the 10,000th person brag that they are not a slave to either of the parties and that they are "independent,” I can't help but offer a dime-store definition of the two prevailing political parties.
If you are generally pro-gun control, believe in equality of the races, LGBT rights, and that government can help people, you can call yourself whatever you like, but your beliefs align with the left, which the Democrats represent. If you vote in favor of your personal interests, you vote for the Democrat.
If you are generally against gun control, racist (or are constantly denying that you are), and anti-LGBT rights and believe that government is usually a bad thing, then, like it or not, your beliefs align with the right-wing the Republicans represent. If you vote for your interests, you vote for the Republican.
Call yourself whatever you like. But most voters (with some variations) come down on one side or another of the above descriptions. It is your beliefs that align you with one party or another, not whatever self-serving moniker you choose.
Those of us who call ourselves one or the other are not slaves to our political overlords who can't think for ourselves. We're just not phonies who feel the need to feebly distinguish ourselves by claiming to be something which has little, if any, actual definition but sounds as if we arrived at our opinions through some loftier erudition than did everyone else.
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