Jennifer Imsande: Why I, a 'D', will caucus as an 'I'

  • Article by: JENNIFER IMSANDE
  • Updated: February 1, 2010 - 7:23 PM

We've been going nowhere, even though we've got to go somewhere -- and it took a civic duty for me to see it.

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notmetooFeb. 1, 10 7:33 PM

You could put Mother Theresa in as president and the government still wouldn't get anything done. It's all corrupt, and it's all about money.

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john36hFeb. 1, 10 8:25 PM

It's a sad statement but I actually don't mind gridlock most of the time. It keeps the stupid, invasive laws down to a minimun.

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voidoidFeb. 1, 10 8:42 PM

While there are plenty of elected officials who call themselves Democrats that I find as nothing but political hacks, it's clearly the GOP that has drawn the line in the sand with "NO" taxes and "NO" government. I find it laughable to read that the DFL has been inflexible when it's clear that the GOP has been the only party that has refused to move--and still refuses--to move a millimeter (ah, the metric system! This comment shall receive charges of European Socialism!). The IP wants further concessions to the right? Well, I say Wrong!

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peanutmanFeb. 1, 10 9:34 PM

Greens resolve their differences and join, they will only continue to be what Jennifer alluded to...'spoilers'. I used to be an Ind., but not now. When the Ind. previous Gov. candidate for whom I campaigned, Tim Penny, bolted to another party, they need some major internal evaluation.

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tsmbbaFeb. 1, 1011:04 PM

And check the facts, Peanutman, Tim Penny is still with the IP. He attended the last IP state convention this past fall and supported/endorsed IP Roy Srp, mayor of Waseca, in the special election in SD26.

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hockeydadmnFeb. 1, 1011:28 PM

I think most Minnesotans are pretty close to the center. Both major parties have to deal with their extremists and like it of not they do lean slightly to much to the right or left for most Minnesotans, most of the time. The real problem is when they lean one way or the other more than usual and things get out of control or in essence out of balance. Reaction causes an equal and opposite reaction, so they do get centered every few years, but that is not enough. I agree it would be nice if there were 3 or more parties, because there would be a better chance they would keep each other in balance, without the huge swings that are possible today.

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oldmikeFeb. 2, 10 1:05 AM

I think the central issue today in national politics is centered on how badly our two major political parties have represented America in the political turmoil that is Washington D.C. Both major parties have shown us recently they are more interested in "power" than in pursuing the people's interests. It will be interesting to see what happens nationally with the emergence of such a large number of voters identifying themselves as "independent" -- and showing their willingness to dramatically shift from Pub candidates to Dem, and back again as national issues change. I think that's a very healthy development, and I hope it proves to have staying power -- and, hopefully, remains UNORGANIZED. If independents were to organize a third party, my guess is that soon enough that new party would fall into the same errors as our two current parties.

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kpersson8Feb. 2, 10 1:10 AM

I thought a person chose to belong to a political party because they believed in most of the party's platform. Makes no sense.

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annie54Feb. 2, 10 7:39 AM

That's laughable. Hilarious, in fact.

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jakeywFeb. 2, 10 8:32 AM

Switching political parties isn't going to change this simple fact that you should have learned decades ago; the government cannot solve all of your problems. Democrats, Republicans, Independents... they all say they have plans and they all think that their plans are the best way to go. In reality markets solves problems because markets reflect what people want, what people need and what people are willing to produce and pay for. Expecting problems to be solved by government control and manipulation of markets will only result in more hardship, less wealth and more malinvestment.

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