Finally, We ‘Indies’ Get Us Some Representation

Trish is fond of characterizing independents like myself as wishy-washy fence-sitters she says always vote for the same party every election anyway, so we might as well get off the fence and join the Democrat Party.

Well, Trish, today I got up on a higher, more solid fence and joined the Independent Voters of America.

Here’s a video that succinctly sums up the IVA’s position:

According to Tech President:

Veteran political ad-maker Bill Hillsman — the man behind “hilarious and highly effective ads” for Paul Wellstone, Jesse Ventura, Ross Perot and others — has launched Independent Voters of America.

Said Hillsman: “We are building the largest online community of self-identified independent voters, with the goals of bringing fresh voices and more choices into our politics, acting as a counterweight to the two major political parties, and to reduce gridlock, force progress and bring a new accountability to Washington.”

My iVoter score is 533. I don’t know what that means yet, so I’ll assume it’s somewhere on the left of the political spectrum because the old white guy in the video was in the 300s and the middle-aged black guy was 675.


  • June 1, 2012 - 3:44 am | Permalink

    As a Democrat, I would prefer it if indies organized into their own party, created a platform and ran candidates. It would make for a much fairer debate and elections if their interests were represented on the ballot. The way it is now, indies don’t have to go through what member of the two parties do — raising money, fielding candidates, etc. etc. — and yet, in close 50.1 elections — they are in control of our electoral system. Indies elected Jesse Helms senator over and over again in NC. They also put Bush over the top in 2004.

    The problem is, our system is not built to handle a third party, which is why I beat the drum for a more sweeping solution: an American Parliament, one of those newfangled forms of democracy to replace our creaky old 18th century system. Parliamentary systems can accommodate multiple parties, for one thing. For another, we could do away with the Senate and, what the heck, the presidency and the Executive Branch, and have the whole government report directly to the people.

    • June 1, 2012 - 8:20 am | Permalink

      Jon, I don’t think using North Carolina as an example of anything except Bedlam helps your argument. Look at the latest from there — nine coastal counties are backing legislation that denies oceans are rising (and, by extension, global warming), and they want the denial codified in N.C. law.

      BTW, as an indie, I’d prefer if the Dems got their shit together — then I’d join ’em instead of just voting for Dems because it beats the alternative.

  • June 1, 2012 - 7:23 am | Permalink

    Welcome, Buck! We are glad you joined and got your iVoter Score!

    Everyone’s iVoter Score is unique and depends on the random battery of questions asked. We intend to map the responses (anonymously, of course) and create the most fully realized Independent voter universe anyone has ever compiled. Once we have enough iVoter Scores issued, we will have a good sense about which issues are most important to independent voters and where independent voters stand on those issues. So please have your readership help us get other self-identified Independent voters to respond.

    Also, we’d like members of our Facebook community to post on their Wall and on our IVA Facebook page why they are Independent voters. It can be done as an entry or as a video upload via our IVA Facebook apps. We will put a sampling of viewpoints on our site and hope to make this a regular feature.

    Stay Independent!

  • Steve
    June 1, 2012 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    So the FIRST thing you have to do is sign on with FB (something I won’t do for birthday lists or games) and then take a quiz that gives you an undefined score? Hmm. Compromised and graded right off the bat.

  • June 1, 2012 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    My main objection is that in many states, independents can’t vote in primaries. I know that far too many people only vote in presidential elections anyway but it really is true that all politics is local and that who’s on your county board or in your state house has more impact on your life than who’s in the White House.

    • June 5, 2012 - 3:12 am | Permalink

      Yeah, well I always vote — as often as I can. And that means if there are local or state elections on the ballot, I’m there. If I can’t vote in the Dem primary, then I cede that right to you and yourn, and hope you make the right decision.

  • SmittyPA
    June 4, 2012 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    DemocratIC Party. DEMOCRATIC Party. Not “Democrat Party”. Thank you

  • SmittyPA
    June 5, 2012 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    That’s a fail Buck Banks. From the article “…so we might as well get off the fence and join the Democrat Party.” The name of the party is the Democratic Party.

  • Buck
    June 6, 2012 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    See, Smitty, this shows an essential problem with the Democrats. The Republican Party is full of Republicans who, for better or worse, stay on message and in lockstep. The Democratic Party is full of Democrats who continually prove themselves to be unreliable surrogates and undependable messagers. It’s consistency over grammar.

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