Some of the frustrations and disappointments that American Indendent Voters feel are, but are not limited to:
1. The undue and unstoppable power of incumbancy. In our own state, we have the fewest unopposed races in any state and this is because of the power of incumbancy in a state where our legislature and executive are not subject to either Open Meetings Laws or FOIA.
2. The Republican Party’s merger with a hate-filled agenda from the far right, and certain evangelical groups, so that the Republican Party now excludes gays, nonChristians (remember the federal attorney firing scandals), and uses a strict and limiting litmus test. The fact that Mitt Romney cut off his fingers and toes to be seen as a Republican and still could not whittle himself down small enough is a fine example. Would Mitt run better as an Indendent? Would Colin Powell run better as an independent. Hmnn.
3. The fact that the average voter is fed up with the apparent influence of special interests upon both democrats and republicans.
4. The bailout of the fat cats by bipartisan action, while leaving Mr. & Mrs. Main Street to gasp and die like fish out of water.
Could Mayor Bloomberg and certain others call a convention of the Independent Party? What would happen if they did so?
The Independent or unenrolled American voter has always had an ornery, individualist, dare I say it, “Independent” streak.
We Democrats ignore that reality at our own risk.