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2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Leaves Democratic Party

“Am I right? Let’s find out. Together,” Yang said.

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On Monday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced that he had left the Democratic party and is officially an Independent.

“I changed my voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’ today. It was a strangely emotional experience,” Yang wrote in a blog post.

Despite being a registered Democrat since the age of 20, Yang wrote, “I’m confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing.”

“So why do I feel in my heart that this is the right move?” Yang wrote. “While it was simply a small piece of paperwork, I genuinely felt a shift in my mindset as soon as I signed it.”

Yang explained that the country’s increasing polarization is one of the main reasons he is leaving the party, saying he is “more comfortable trying to fix the system than being a part of it.”

“My goal is to do as much as I can to advance our society. There are phenomenal public servants doing great work every day – but our system is stuck. It is stuck in part because polarization is getting worse than ever,” Yang said. “Many of the people I know are doing all of the good they can – but their impact is constrained. Now that I’m not a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”

“Also, on a personal level, I’ll admit there has always been something of an odd fit between me and the Democratic Party,” Yang added. “I’m not very ideological. I’m practical. Making partisan arguments – particularly expressing what I often see as performative sentiment – is sometimes uncomfortable for me. I often think, ‘Okay, what can we actually do to solve the problem?’ I’m pretty sure there are others who feel the same way I do.”

“I’ve seen politicians publicly eviscerate each other and then act collegial or friendly backstage a few minutes later,” he explained. “A lot of it is theatre.”

Yang concluded by explaining that his main goal is to “have an impact,” not be a politician.

“Recently, in an interview I commented that I wasn’t particularly driven by a desire to hold office. I’m working for impact,” Yang wrote. “Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way.”

“Am I right? Let’s find out. Together,” Yang said.

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  1. Desiree

    October 5, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Not to sure about you. I fairly conservative views although I’m not a conservative all together. I guess I’m more libertarian. I just wanna live my life the I, ME, sees fit. Not how the government sees fit. When the government steps in and says we’re here to help, that’s when everyone should run the opposite direction. The job of the government is to ensure our rights are protected and not being infringed upon, yet that is all this administration, along with the Democratic Party and many rhinos out there have done. We are tired of being bullied and pushed around. I’ve lbeen taking care of myself for decades and I know what’s best for me and as Americans, we all have the right to liberty and the persuit of happiness yet we are denied. Instead we are censored and silenced when we don’t have the same beliefs or view points. There is a sort of sickness infecting our country and consequentially the country is dying from it and NO ONE in any position of power seems to care except for a small handful. Inflation is emptying our bank accounts, we have millions of ppl coming here illegally that we can’t afford to take care and we can’t even take care of the ppl already here. Look at the homelessness. We make all these programs yet no solutions on how to actually help the homeless ppl because a productive member of society in Some capacity. We praised ppl in the summer of 2020 for looting, stealing killing and burning down entire cities while we imprisoned ppl who went to the cap Tirol and only commuted a crime of trespassing but yet treated like animals. Gas is up. Ppl are not working because they are being given obey by the Dems which comes out of the checks of the working class. Schools should not be a place to indoctrinate our children. It’s the job of the parents to teach morales. The schools are supposed to be teaching math and science. We spend tons of money on our education system and yet we are way behind other countries. This idea of equity is ridiculous. Equity is equal outcomes. Equality is equal opportunity. Equity strips society of the drive to strive to be the best and most innovative. While equality nurtures that in our society. That’s why they call it the American dream. Because you have the OPPORTUNITY to strive for better. The state our country is in is why the rest of the world sees us as fat and lazy. How about we drive ppl to be driven. How about we stop talking about race because race should be meaningless other than a difference amongst the ppl’s that we celebrate. How about we stop handing out government checks. How about we lock up criminals and actually rehabilitate them. How about we stop freeing murderers and racists. About about we solve homelessness. How about we encourage respect to our military personnel because these are the ppl who protect us from oppression from other world leaders. How about we up the accountability of teachers and school personnel so that we can ensure that our kids are actually being educated and not indoctrinated. How about we close our borders because a country without borders isn’t a country at all. How about letting the ppl decide for themselves what’s best for their health. And for goodness sake, how about fair elections so the ppl’s voice can be heard instead of allowing cheating. It’s pretty pathetic for anyone to win and have to cheat to do so.

    • Donnie Bowin

      October 5, 2021 at 11:28 am

      I agree. ONE PARTY owns the politicians, media, academia, Trial Lawyers, Hollywood, NBA, NFL and is systematically destroying the most powerful and beautiful country on the planet. We could solve so many problems in OUR society IF we would stop throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at illegals and other countries who absolutely hate our very existence and wants to see us destroyed. Both sides of the political isle have their problems, but democrats are no longer democrats. Democrats are now about power and wealth for THEMSELVES! Ask yourselves, which party promotes hate for America and American Values? Which party promotes Anti-God everything? Which party promotes fatherless households? Which party promotes indoctrination of you babies? Which party promotes Black on Black, Black on White & Black on Asian crime? Which party promotes Anti-Police sentiments? Which party promotes Anti-military sentiments? Which party promotes Anti-gun sentiments? Which party promotes Anti-constitution sentiments? The list goes on & on! ANY party or group who’s entire purpose is tearing down instead of building up, is a party or group we must abolish from this great nation. If they don’t like America, GET THE HELL OUT!

      • Tom

        October 8, 2021 at 11:11 am

        Well said. & Which party is totally run by big tech super rich elitists and executives of the largests corporations in the world but still lies and tries to pretend they are all about the poor & minorities. It’s such s joke!

    • Vee

      October 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Wonderful post, well said and
      oh-so-very spot on!

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POLL: Huge One Year Swing of Independent Voters Saying Government ‘Doing too Much’

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What a difference a year can make. Particularly a year filled with government infringements and overreaching. In a Gallup poll released Thursday, findings show Americans have drastically shifted perspective on how much they want the government involved in their lives.

Gallup News tweeted the results along with the headline “Americans again favor a reduced government role in solving problems facing the country after supporting a more active government role last year.”

52% percent of those polled say the government is doing too much on issues that should be dealt with by businesses and individuals. Only 43% say the government needs to do more to address citizens’ problems.

The numbers have almost flopped from only one year ago when 54% said the government should be doing more, and 41% disagreed. The annual Gallup Governance survey was conducted September 1-17.

The Gallup Poll release stated “the shift toward favoring a more active government role in 2020 was seen among Democrats and independents but not Republicans — likely a response to the coronavirus pandemic and in particular to then-President Donald Trump’s approach to handling it.”

“Trump generally opposed government efforts designed to slow the spread of the virus, such as face mask requirements and business and school closures.” The poll found independent voters shifted their opinions greatly.

“The percentage of independents who said the government’s doing too many things jumped from 38% in 2020 to 57% this year. Republicans edged up from 74% to 80% and Democrats crept up from 13% to 18%.”

Gallup also highlighted the fact that 2020 was only the second time in the poll’s 29 years of asking about the role of government that at least half of Americans supported an active role for government. The first time occurred in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Former Obama Ethics Chief Slams Psaki Over Dismissing Questions On Hunter Biden

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Walter Shaub

Walter Shaub, the former head of the federal government’s ethics office under President Barack Obama, slammed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday in response to her dismissal of questions about whether the identity of buyers for Hunter Biden’s art would stay anonymous.

“At least five prints of Hunter Biden’s artwork have already been sold for $75,000 each and a team of lawyers is vetting potential patrons who plan to attend his upcoming gallery show in New York City — which has now been delayed until the spring,” The New York Post reported last week. “It’s unclear who purchased the reproductions — which cost a fraction of the top price of $500,000 for an original piece by President Biden’s scandal-scarred son — or if any more were sold after the LA show opened.”

During Tuesday’s press briefing, Psaki told a reporter asking about the anonymity of the buyers of Hunter Biden’s art, “I know this is your favorite topic, but it, again — it still is the purview of the gallerist. We still do not know and will not know who purchases any paintings. And the President remains proud of his son.”

 

“These are legitimate questions,” Shaub said in response to Psaki’s comments. “It’s disappointing to hear [Psaki] send a message that the WH thinks the public has no right to ask about ethics. After the last 4 years, these questions have never been more important. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but this stuff matters.”

“There is no ethics program in the world that can be built around the head of state’s staff working with a dealer to keep the public in the dark about the identities of individuals who pay vast sums to the leader’s family member for subjectively priced items of no intrinsic value,” Shaub tweeted Wednesday. “If this were Trump, Xi [Jinping] or [Vladimir] Putin, you’d have no doubt whatsoever that this creates a vehicle for funneling cash to the first family in exchange for access or favors. Nor would you doubt that the appearance of monetizing the presidency was outrageous.”

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