Why Everyone In The 99% Should Be An Independent Voter

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This is the fourth post in a series by Independent Voters of America founder Bill Hillsman. We’re calling it the “Why Be Independent?” series, and will be posting POV on why a number of typically aggregated groups like women,  seniors, people under the age of 40… why all should be independent voters. This post is crossposted at Huffington Post

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on over the past three decades or so, you’ve noticed a few things:

1.    The two-party duopoly that controls our country isn’t working.
2.    Politicians—of both parties—promise over and over that things will change… but they don’t.
3.    Whether it’s a Democratic or a Republican administration, when you look at the presidential advertisers and cabinet members in charge of our economy and tax policy over the past twenty years, they’re all either from Wall Street or have close ties to Wall Street.

In the United States, income inequality has become an epidemic. We are rapidly moving towards a country where the middle class no longer exists—where there will only be two classes, the “haves” and the “have-nots.”

What’s always made our country the envy of all the other countries on the globe was our middle-class. In an economically healthy America, there have always been many routes to “the pursuit of happiness:”  citizens had a living standard that made them able to afford a home, to raise and educate their children, and then to expect that their children would go on to live an American life at least as good as the one their parents enjoyed.

That’s no longer the case. And if you intend to wait for the Republican and Democratic politicians who control our country to change that, you’re going to have a long wait.  You see, they are either in the 1% before they take office or after they’ve held office.  And while they’re in office, they rely on contributions from the 1% to keep them in office.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, why would anyone in the 99% continue to vote for Democrats and Republicans?  Join us here at Independent Voters of America today, join us on Facebook. We already make up nearly 40% of all voters. With the help of the 99%, we can command a majority.  And then the real work of change can finally begin.

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7 Responses

  1. Solomon Kleinsmith June 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    You’re not going to get more than the independent types on the left using this childish 99% propaganda. The vast majority of independents are in the center, and we don’t want anything to do with left wingers like Nader and Stein, or fringe libertarians like Gary Johnson and the like.

    Independent isn’t something to rally around. All it means is you’re not something, ala not a member of a party. I’d rather join the democratic or republican parties than join some disorganized mess with left and right wingers.

    All due respect… big fan of your book… but this line is ridiculous:

    “We already make up nearly 40% of all voters. With the help of the 99%, we can command a majority.”

    There is no 99%. It’s childish spin from left wing activist garbage. It’s sad that you’ve picked up on it, like so many other suckers have. Might as well pick up some of the Tea Party nonsense while you’re at it, if you’re going to regurgitate Occupy Wall Street junk.

    • IVA IVA June 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Centrism and moderation are good, and certainly in low supply in our political system. And most members of the IVA community are more centrist than not.

      But centrism is not a goal in and of itself. Self-identified independents exist across the political spectrum, from Occupiers to, yes, Tea Partiers; from progressives to libertarians to Green Partiers. And if you define independents as people who are “not” something, that is even more true.

      Political power– especially the power of the middle class– exists most fully in populist movements. Voters who are completely upset with the two political parties have some big, important things in common: Reducing government gridlock. Better use of our tax dollars. Getting government to be more productive in solving the problems only government can solve. Holding our politicians and elected officials to greater accountability.

      We will achieve these goals only when a majority of voters– and probably a large majority– demand it. As long as the two parties can claim ALL voters as their own, and pit factions of Red vs. factions of Blue, it ain’t happening.

      Glad you enjoyed reading “Run The Other Way.”. You might also enjoy reading “The Uprising,” by David Sirota. He does a good job of documenting how these populist uprisings exist across the political spectrum.

      Bill Hillsman

    • Seba August 30, 2012 at 4:20 am

      The monies paid out to the monotirs by the defendants may not come directly out of taxpayer pockets, but they surely come out of the pockets of consumers in the form of more expensive medical devices. It was a conflict of interest for him to direct large, no-bid contracts to former colleagues and friends. The issue here is responsible handling of funds and a matter of public trust.


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