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For the past few years, I have been more of a lurker on this site and really haven't posted any diaries, feeling that pretty much everyone else was saying what I was feeling.  But I have just reached a decision and I feel compelled to be very public about it.  As of today, I have just switched my party affiliation from Democrat to Working Families Party.  I can no longer be part of a party that is hell bent on self-destruction.

Yesterday's news about the White House willing to cave on extending the Bush Tax cuts was the last straw.  I had hoped that Obama would be our generations FDR.  Instead it appears that we have Reagan Lite and I cannot continue to go on defending Democrats who are constantly turning their backs on progressives.  Last year I stopped giving money hoping that would send the message.  That has not worked, so now I must leave the party that has left me.

For many years I have listened to people complain that there should be a "third party", and for years I have gone on to explain that the electoral math does not permit more than 2 "dominant" parties.  From now on I am changing that message.  The new message is, "I agree.  And if you truly want to see a third party, then stop complaining about it and go register with that party."  I'll still be a lurker here though...

Originally posted to Dan Torres on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 06:07 AM PST.

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