Ask For More: No More Parties, I'm Done

Party invite, to read the article! I have finally grasped the fundamental flaws with being republican or democrat (or affiliating with a party in general). Understand that I subscribe to no party and my beliefs are probably found at both ends of the political spectrum.  I'm what you would consider a libertarian, republican/democrat, who has one foot in and one foot out out of the green movement and pretty much almost all the way on board with the blue movement (watch Adam Werbach's speech  "the birth of blue" here) and when appropriate, I would ask advice from a socialist or communist to get things done.  Holding on tightly to beliefs you have with out allowing room for compromise is simply not democratic. So I'm riding on Bart (subway of the SF Bay) and talking with a friend about the school system.  I say "you know I think everyone can agree that we want better schools, the problem is figuring out how to get there". As we're talking I say that "the government should spend more money on schools" (this is my view mainly for lack of brain power applied to the problem) and he says he thinks that schools should be totally privatized.  That's not the part that made me realize anything though. What made me have the "aha moment" came when I said "well what happens to the kids who can't afford a fancy 'fine dinning' school and can only afford the McDonald's equivalent?" He says "oh well, everyone doesn't get the good stuff" or something to that affect.  So I ask in another way because I'm not quite sure if I heard him right, I say "so you're willing to sacrifice tons of kids not being able to get a great education so that fewer people have more choice?" and his reply was "yes".  Now what gets me is I know this guy, and although he tries to talk tough on things like this, I don't think he really means it, although to say it aloud at all was still astonishing to me.  So then I got to thinking "is this the way most 'republican leaning' independents think?" Of course not, and by the way for contrast we can see that our current government run system isn't that good either. But what I did start to think about was this... What if we stopped listening to Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party members, and Democrats altogether and came up with our own solutions or atleast something from all schools of thought.  I think that if my friend and I put our heads together we could probably come up with a middle ground solution that worked better for everyone. I believe this is the essence of being independent.  Not taking what is given. Choosing to write-in  the best answer instead of taking what's presented on the multiple choice. The answer that serves everyone better.  Remember to always "Ask For More".  

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Rai-mon Nemar is an independent lifestyle advocate and the founder of LEGENDmag. With a background in music, coupled with more then 12 years of being an entrepreneur, Rai-mon is a forward-thinking progressive who's life work is synthesizing the independent aesthetic and creating a community for "indies". Visit his blog IndieGuy and follow him on twitter.