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Monday, August 13, 2012

Why I Left The Democratic Party For Good!

Why I left the Democratic Party for good!

-ADY "A Regular Guy On The Issues"

Why I left the Democratic Party.

Earlier I posted the following tweet:

Aaron Yeargan  It's Official! Today I changed my voter registration, leaving the Democratic Party & joining the Libertarian Party@LPNational @TheDemocrats
 via @aarondyeargan.

Since then, I've received numerous e-mails and other messages asking why I did this.  My answer is pretty simple.  I'm only 30 years old, but the Democratic party I grew up learning about and supporting is no more!

Thomas Jefferson, the father of what would become the Democratic Party, believed in and fought for civil liberties.  President Kennedy believed in the 2nd Amendment and in cutting taxes, especially on businesses, in order to create jobs. When the Fair Tax Act (a true beneficial, progressive tax) was originally introduced, it had a Democratic coauthor. President Clinton believed in Free Trade.  While there are some Democrats and democratic groups (i.e. Democrats For Gun Ownership and the Democratic Freedom Caucus) that still believe in and advocate for these ideas, the Democratic Party as a whole does not.

It's obvious that President Obama doesn't believe in a true, real free market (and don't be fooled,  neither do many Republicans), but his assault on civil liberties and constitutional rights is absolutely horrible!  He's George W. Bush 2.0!  I am a former U.S. Marine and four tour Iraq War veteran, currently I'm serving as a medic in the Army Reserve, and was extremely happy to hear then candidate Obama preach about ending the war in Iraq.  Once in office, he tried to extend our presence there.  Don't be fooled by the political spin, the Iraqi government made us leave when we did.  When it comes to Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden has been dead for a year, why are we still there?  Then there's the reauthorization of the so called Patriot Act and the new NDAA with it's detention clause.

When it comes to other individual and civil liberties, President Carter tried to legalize marijuana for personal use.  Candidate Obama championed this effort, but  not now!  Since he's been in office, he's cracked down and increased raids on states with medical marijuana laws.

Most recently, he has come out in favor of Gay Marriage, but once again, he's not much better than Mitt Romney on this issue (funny how he voiced his support as an extremely close presidential election approaches).  He says he supports gay marriage, but it should be left up to the individual states.  So he supports states rights when it comes to gay marriage, but not drug use, gun rights, or health care?  Mitt Romney, on the other hand, says he's against gay marriage, but believes it should be left up to the individual states.  While I believe a lot of issues should be left up to the states, Telling an adult who they can and can't marry shouldn't be one of them!

These are the reason's why I left the Democratic Party and joined the Libertarian Party.  I will continue to support candidates that are fiscally conservative and socially liberal regardless of party, but if you want a more extensive list, outside of the 5-10 that you will find in the Democratic and Republican parties, you too, should really take time to learn more about The Libertarian Party!

Also, when it comes to November, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate, former two-term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson is:

- Pro Choice (especially on Abortion, Marijuana, and Education)
- Anti War
- Pro Constitution
- Pro Civil Liberties
- Pro Fair Taxation


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