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Split the Vote? How many of you are former Republicans/ Democrats?

Many in the Republican establishment are now claiming the Ron Paul people will split the vote therefore giving the election to Obama.

I am a former Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox, Republican until someone told me the trurh. Now it is sooo obvious. How could I ever have been fooled?

But I would like to know how many would consider themselves former Republicans and former Democrats.
Many of us already voted libertarian or third party.

Let us conduct our own informal poll to see what the percentage is?

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Voted Republican

Straight ticket in my first vote in 2008, split the ticket between Republicans, libertarians and constitutionalist in 2010, plan on doing the same this year and not vote for Romney.

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Still a card carrying Republican...

I voted Republican in 2008, I wrote in Ron Paul. But, I think I'll vote Libertarian this time.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

I've voted R.

Every cycle since I turned 18 and eligible to vote. Was a Kill em' all and let Gawd sort em' out NEOconned foole...yes there was an "E" on the kind of foole that I was."Carlin" I'm in California and will probably "Vote" R. this cycle (Possibly for the last time) when I write in Ron Paul for the second cycle in a row.


of the Neo-Con persuasion, then I met a very intelligent Libertarian who helped me see the truth of the two party system. (thankfully I was open minded enough to listen as I had already thought about the Constitution Party.) This lead up to You Tube searches of other Parties and of course Dr. Paul, after hearing his "What if " speech, I began a new path so to speak.

The first of my ancestors arrived in 1687, Indentured to serve another for 4 years, we fought in the Revolutionary war, Civil war, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and Served during Desert Shield/Storm, Now my Family and I serve The "Revolution"

Blue Dem > Ind > Ron Paul Republican

& voting Libertarian this year.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Former Dem

Voted party line until my RP awakening last year. Now a registered Republican...for the moment.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Anti-War non-political -> Constitutionalist -> Libertarian

My first political notion was being against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as I saw casualty numbers reported and didn't see the logic in civilian deaths here justifying civilian deaths over there. I allied with a anti-war group at my college though I didn't agree with the whole left ideology. Listening to Alex Jones introduced me to constitutionalist thinking and I became aware and firmly against police state trends. Eventually he introduced me to Ron Paul in 2007, and the consequent thinking and interacting with the Republican party and their members has led me further to be truly libertarian.

Many Republicans and Democrats have well intentioned ideas about how the government can help in this or that situation, but once you see that it truly is force and nothing else, it's hard to go back. Our society is heavily managed by the monopoly media, the education system, tax-free foundations, large corporations, military industry, and many other groups that represent the real government over the government. Until this knowledge and the knowledge of how they exercise control is more widespread, we will continue to face the same problems.

Recovering Republican

When I turned 18 in 1999, I immediately registered Republican. I come from a long line of Goldwater holdouts...

Voted Bush 2000
ReElected Bush 2004
Held my nose and voted McCain 2008

Will be voting Gary Johnson 2012!!


Lifelong Libertarian and Constitutionalist

From 18 - 39, my entire adult life, I've described myself as a Libertarian. I've voted for Republicans, but never any Democrat. The Democrats openly prey on those who covet. They've never even tried to pander to me as a voter.

I want nothing they would even think to offer. Liberty is their enemy.

"Liberty is their enemy."

True dat. Both parties now.

I supported Ralph Nader.

I still do, but he isn't running. I'd just as soon vote for Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein if they were in a better position than Gary Johnson. I do feel that I've become more economically conservative thanks to Ron Paul, but I don't think I'll ever be as far to the right as him. I'm a populist first. Whatever other issues there are come second, and ultimately don't matter to me so long as we can get the bureaucrats like Romney and Obama out of office.

So I suppose you can count me as a former Democrat, though I've always been registered independent. Goes to show that third party "spoiler" candidates don't always tip the scales as drastically as some claim.

Libertarian since 1980

When I heard an infomercial by Ed Clark in 1979, I voted for him instead of Carter or Reagan for President in the 1980 elections.
I voted for Ron Paul in 1988.
I'm voting for Gary Johnson for 2012.

I admit to have wasted votes in 2 presidential elections since 1980:

1. I voted for Reagan in 1984; my taxes were reduced during his 1st term so I thought that was a good thing. In his 2nd term, he stepped up the war on drugs. Fool me once...

2. I voted for Clinton in 1992; I hated H.W. and this guy seemed a bit more intelligent than the avg D or R. I damn sure didn't vote for him for his 2nd term. Fool me twice...

So, as to the question, I used to be a little el libertarian, but consider myself a big el Libertarian now (thanks primarily to the teachings of the late, great Harry Browne).


I have always considered

I have always considered myself an independent, though I lean Republican due to their lip-service to liberty and capitalism.

I voted for Kerry in '04 just because Bush was a serious screw up in my opinion.

I will never vote Republican again with my preference going to Libertarian candidates first, other 3rd party candidates second, and even democrat candidates.

If many people would follow my lead, the warmongering, police staters would be out of power in short order.
The religious right would never go for that though even though their loved Republicans have done NOTHING in office other than provide lip service.
Don't get me wrong. Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans and I have no respect for either.

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

Was a Republican when first registered to

vote in 1976 to vote for Ronald Reagan in California Presidential Primary. Joined Libertarian Party one year later and stayed 30 years until 2007 when I registered Republican to vote for Ron Paul in 2008 California Presidential Primary.

So I guess you could say I was originally Republican, but it was for a very short time only. Reagan's shenanigans soured me on major party politics but Ron Paul brought me back.

"Genetic" Democrat

Inherited it from parents until 2001.

I like to think I have always been a libertarian

But I voted for bush in 2000. I was duped just once. Only other person I have ever voted for is Ron Paul.

I was duped once, too

With Clinton and Bob Dole. I was actually in the whole "less than two evils" camp and "if anyone voted for Perot, they were helping Clinton to win.

Perhaps that's why I get so angry when I hear people saying this about Obama.


This is the first time I'll be voting, so my vote never belonged to the "machine" anyway.

Republican (recovered Democrat) due to Ron Paul, back in '08 and

I'm here to STAY...helping the GOP to become the "Big Tent of Liberty" as espoused by Ron Paul.

Obama Zombie

Former Obama Zombie in '08 but did NOT vote due to age. Admittedly, If I had it would have gone to Obama. Turned NeoCon in 2009-2010 during midterms, and woke up to liberty late '10 early '11. I look back and wonder how I was ever blind to Liberty...

Still registered Republican but my options for 2012 are:
1. Write in Ron Paul
2. Vote A3P Merlin Miller
3. Vote Libertarian Gary Johnson
or 4. Stick with my local elections and say screw national politcs.

Undecided at this point. Ron Paul is best guy for the job. Merlin Miller got on the ballot here in Colorado. Gary Johnson has yet to convince me that he knows what he's talking about. But all 3 of these candidates are good choices.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

ROFL. Nice

"Obama Zombie." That made me laugh. Thank you.

Only here will you find that kind of honesty.

I figured it out...

"I look back and wonder how I was ever blind to liberty"

1. In '08 I was fresh off the boat of indoctrination of public schooling.
2. I was an avid viewer of Corporate Media, mainly CNN and O(bama)MSNBC, of course I wouldn't have heard of Ron Paul in 2008...
3. During Midterms I was an avid viewer of Corporate Media. Disenfranchised by Obama in '08 I switched to Faux News.
4. By watching Faux News, I came across Glenn Beck who kept saying "educate yourselves" over and over again. So I did...
5. Started reading books. Alternate Media. Extensive YouTube research. (Unfortunately Glenn Beck's suggestion backfired on him, because I educated myself on his goofy ass too, but hey he still "helped" my awakening and for that I thank him)
6. Discovered Ron Paul. The rest has been a wonderful journey :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters


Voted for the lesser of two evils through George W Bush FIRST TERM. Never again after he gave us Homeland Security and repealed the Fourth Amendment with the Patriot Act AND started the never-ending war of terror.

Still a registered Republican, but write Ron Paul in.


My Louisiana local registrar of voters clerk acted surprised that I was listed as "None", when I went to her office to change it to Republican so I could vote for Ron. Her facial expression and tone of voice was amusing. I'll be changing it back to "None" again.


former dem. Supported Ron Paul last time around and this time of course. Once your eyes are open and you have read and understood the constitution you can never go back to sleep. God Bless Dr. Paul.

Former Rush Neo-Con

I woke up when I read the 5000 Year Leap (which, ironically, I heard Beck promoting), and then when I read the Creature from Jeckyll Island (which, more ironically, I heard on Beck as well).

I used to be a good little Bush supporting Neo-Con, til I woke up.

Former Republican

I've always been a Republican. Even though most of the time I didn't agree with them in totality they, sort of, represented me...not anymore and probably never again. Gary Johnson 2012

Live Free or Die Trying

used to be republican

then I changed to independent in 2005, I am voting for Johnson.

I've either voted Democrat or Third Party...

so guess I'm not one of ones splitting the vote! Great quote I read recently on DP (wish I remembered the name so I could credit them): 'I used to be a Liberal. Then I found out what a true Conservative was & never looked back'

Voted straight GOP until 1992. Voted third party ever since.

I think the Bushes are the epitome of evil. I did everything in my power (Letters to the Editor, demonstrations, etc.) to drive Bush's numbers down in 1992 (Helped get him below 37%, worse than Barry Goldwater in '64. I gave up on local Republicans after 2002. I voted Libertarian in '92, '96 and 2004, Reform (for Pat Buchanan) in 2000 and CP (for Chuck Baldwin) in 2008. I have only voted Democrat three times in 40 years (for Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who supported decriminalization of drugs), Roy Barnes (against Sonny Perdue) and for the Democrat opposing Saxby Chambliss. This year I plan to vote straight Libertarian.