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I Quit!: How do you officially STOP being a Republican? (VANITY)
fwdude | 03/22/2011 | fwdude

Posted on 03/22/2011 9:51:49 AM PDT by fwdude

I got a solicitation call from the RNC last week and I think I finally got off of their roles as a "card carrying" member. I had donated small amounts in years past, but have forcefully informed them since 2008 that I don't support their candidates and platforms anymore. Anyway, they asked me during the recent call if I consider myself a Republican or a Democrat. I told them "neither."

So they pigeonholed me as an "independent." Does it sound like I'm off the hook?


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1 posted on 03/22/2011 9:51:55 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: fwdude

Sorry... if you leave, they’ll have to kill you. You know too much.

Seriously though, and practically, if you want to have a serious influence in primary elections, you have to be one or the other.


2 posted on 03/22/2011 9:54:41 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: fwdude

Ah, stop paying dues and register as not a republican..... really pretty simple.


3 posted on 03/22/2011 9:55:03 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: fwdude
I am a registered unaffiliated.
4 posted on 03/22/2011 9:55:08 AM PDT by mountainlion (America land of the free because of the Brave.)
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To: fwdude

Yes it sounds like you are off the hook. I quit being a Republican a couple of years ago, not because I no longer believed in the platform, but because THEY no longer believed in their platform.


5 posted on 03/22/2011 9:55:08 AM PDT by Grunthor (hcg diet, down 32 lbs in 5 weeks)
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To: fwdude

Start to think for yourself. You’ll be ostracized immediately.


6 posted on 03/22/2011 9:55:29 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: fwdude

Start to think for yourself. You’ll be ostracized immediately.


7 posted on 03/22/2011 9:55:40 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: fwdude

I don’t know how it works where you are, but I went to the local election’s office when I moved and registered. I am an Independent.
Simply go down there and change your party designation.


8 posted on 03/22/2011 9:56:05 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: fwdude
but have forcefully informed them since 2008 that I don't support their candidates and platforms anymore

So what candidates and platforms do you support? You realize the Tea Party candidates that win in primaries are running as Republicans and are funded and assisted by the Republican party right?

9 posted on 03/22/2011 9:56:34 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: fwdude

you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave...

10 posted on 03/22/2011 9:57:12 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: fwdude

My $0.02. I think being a republican is what you do, not who you are. If you are talking about the telemarking “hook”, I doubt you can ever stop that. It’s like stepping in gum. You can scrape most of it off, but you can never get it all. Don’t want a hook? Don’t have one.


11 posted on 03/22/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT by kdot
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To: Migraine
...if you want to have a serious influence in primary elections, you have to be one or the other.

Unless you're in a state with open primaries. But then you have to choose; the best candidate for your preferred party, or the weakest for the opposing party.

12 posted on 03/22/2011 9:57:42 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: IrishCatholic

I never did know (or remember) how I got classified as a Republican to begin with - thought just my donation to Republican groups got me on their roles. I’ll give your advice a try.


13 posted on 03/22/2011 9:58:05 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: fwdude

Don’t give a penny to the GOP. Donate to indivdual candidates.


14 posted on 03/22/2011 9:58:08 AM PDT by Terry Mross (This is war. Choose sides.)
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To: svcw
Ah, stop paying dues and register as not a republican..... really pretty simple.

The problem is I'm still a republican, but the Republicans aren't.

15 posted on 03/22/2011 9:58:32 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: fwdude

It depends on what state you live in. PA is a closed primary state. Changing to an unaffiliated will exclude you from voting in the primaries. I always make a point to vote in primaries against any incumbent GOP’ers on principle. I have been lucky lately that there is usually a Constitutionalists challenger.


16 posted on 03/22/2011 9:59:27 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: fwdude

You can quit the Republican Party; it’s the same thing as voting for The MYTH in 2012 to do so, however.


17 posted on 03/22/2011 9:59:53 AM PDT by Theodore R. (John Boehner just surrendered the only weapon with which he had to fight. What does OH see in him?)
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To: fwdude

The Utah GOP/LDS voted for amnesty for illegals in a Republican state. The GOP is just the other part of the Bilderberg Corp.


18 posted on 03/22/2011 10:00:31 AM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: fwdude

During the last election cycle, I sent the RNC play money, noting in the replay form that I was sending “Fake money for a fake Republican.”

The RNC and RSC are persistent in their calls & mailings. It would be nice if they were half as persistent in D.C. on our behalf. I’m still waiting for a junkyard dog rep that will eat Democrats.


19 posted on 03/22/2011 10:01:41 AM PDT by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: fwdude

In my state if you’re not registered in one of the 2 main parties, you can’t vote in the primaries.

It’s the only reason I’m technically registered as I am.


20 posted on 03/22/2011 10:01:51 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: fwdude

Not sure. Last one that called me, I kept telling him NO and that if and until they started fighting the Democrats with everything we’ve got they wouldn’t see one more dime from me. And he kept saying but we really need your support. Finally he gave up after what felt like at least 15 minutes of pleading on his part. I don’t remember IF that was BEFORE or AFTER I got the last mailing from them that had on the outside of the little light brown envelope in a red ink a circle with the words PAST DUE. Oh that made me mad. Past due my a**. Argh. IF they call again anytime too soon, they’ll get an earful.


21 posted on 03/22/2011 10:01:51 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: Grunthor

I used to be a donor.

When G.W. went over to the dark side with the Dims during his last term I stopped.

Anything from the GOP goes in the trash since then.


22 posted on 03/22/2011 10:02:05 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Longbow1969
I should have phrased that differently. I don't support many of their candidates and the platforms that they substantively stand for - i.e. beltway Republican values.

I am a staunch Tea Party supporter, and I support conservative candidates (this is what I tell RNC solicitors.) I realize that the TEA Party brand is much too young to stand on its own yet, so they must associate with a major party. I look forward to the happy day when the TEA Party supplants the Republican Party.

23 posted on 03/22/2011 10:03:55 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Longbow1969

“You realize the Tea Party candidates that win in primaries are running as Republicans and are funded and assisted by the Republican party right?”

You coulda fooled me.


24 posted on 03/22/2011 10:04:00 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Lazlo in PA

“Changing to an unaffiliated will exclude you from voting in the primaries.”

In federal primaries PA as a whole is excluded. The candidates are chosen well before has chance to cast a ballot.


25 posted on 03/22/2011 10:06:01 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: Migraine

I’m not sure what you mean by “serious influence”, but the primary system is loaded against serious conservatives.


26 posted on 03/22/2011 10:06:08 AM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’m in Texas. We have caucuses after each primary election, but I think you get to vote in either party primary you want.


27 posted on 03/22/2011 10:06:52 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: bopdowah
During the last election cycle, I sent the RNC play money, noting in the replay form that I was sending “Fake money for a fake Republican.”

I love it. It's on my shopping list.

28 posted on 03/22/2011 10:08:28 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: fwdude

You should have told them that you’re an American sans a party.


29 posted on 03/22/2011 10:08:44 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: fwdude

Once you give them money tied to a contact method they’ll bug you forever. It’s the nature of beggars. Doesn’t matter what you relabel yourself as, in their book you’ll always be labeled as “can be cajoled”.


30 posted on 03/22/2011 10:09:59 AM PDT by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: Grunthor
I quit being a Republican a couple of years ago, not because I no longer believed in the platform, but because THEY no longer believed in their platform.

Ah, come now... you aren't being harsh enough.
It isn't that the Republican party doesn't believe in it's planks, they do: They fully believe that people will vote for them because they say they'll act on one of those planks.

A good example is when "Second Amendment Support" comes up; how often is the Republican control of Congress cited as the factor in the ending of the Assault Weapons Ban? That ban had a sunset clause so they had to literally do nothing.

Abortion is another one; the Republican-party has had the overturning of Roe v. Wade as a plank for more than 25 years. I'm less than 30, so that's most of my life; and yet the biggest actual step they've done happened just this year: the cessation of funding for Planned Parenthood. {Likely this was spurred on by that sting video, but still it's rather pathetic that even when Republicans had a dominating factor post-11-Sep they didn't even make the symbolic try of proposing a Constitutional Amendment.}

And then there was NY-23 in this last election-cycle where the national Republican-party endorsed the DEMOCRAT candidate over the Tea-Party-member-who-ran-as-a-republican.

In this area the Democrats are more honorable than the Republicans: they at least strive to implement their stated party-planks.

31 posted on 03/22/2011 10:12:37 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: fwdude
Dress as an elephant then turn around 4 times.....saying, "Arizona, not Oklahoma, what does it matter"... Then skip down a public street three blocks...chanting, "I am not a Republican!!" over and over.

Once you've done that you are officially out.

32 posted on 03/22/2011 10:12:37 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: fwdude

Just stop voting. It only encourages them.


33 posted on 03/22/2011 10:13:02 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: fwdude

I do label myself a Republican, but in answer to your question: Since you live in Texas, you were never officially a Republican as we’re an open primary state. There is no such thing as a registered Republican in Texas, so if you don’t want to be a Republican in Texas, it’s as simple as not calling yourself one.


34 posted on 03/22/2011 10:16:01 AM PDT by Melas
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To: discostu

I only gave them money when they somewhat acted like Republicans, but that was years ago. Maybe their fruitless mailings will break their pocketbook.


35 posted on 03/22/2011 10:16:36 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: fwdude

Mass mailings are cheap. Charities, which is basically what they are, are a lot like Pavlov’s chickens, once they get food once they’ll keep trying.


36 posted on 03/22/2011 10:18:52 AM PDT by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: Osage Orange

I’ll give it a try. But doesn’t it have to be during a full moon?

Darn it! Just missed it.


37 posted on 03/22/2011 10:19:26 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Migraine
Sorry... if you leave, they’ll have to kill you. You know too much.

Naw, they don't kill 'em, they send them to a tiny village in Wales. And give everybody numbers instead of names.

38 posted on 03/22/2011 10:21:15 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: fwdude

They know where you live.
You’ll have to go underground....................


39 posted on 03/22/2011 10:24:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: fwdude

After you’ve given to them ONCE, you’re on their donor rolls for life, no matter the Party.


40 posted on 03/22/2011 10:28:57 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: fwdude
I've been telling them off for several years now, I just say I don't want my money going to RINOs, you can't be trusted wirh it at all.

It doesn't seem to make any impression on them at all.

41 posted on 03/22/2011 10:41:04 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: fwdude

“So they pigeonholed me as an “independent.” Does it sound like I’m off the hook?”

More like off the chain!!


42 posted on 03/22/2011 10:47:05 AM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: fwdude

When you receive a request for a financial contribution from a political party or individual politician, write to them in your own words why you have decided to decline and enclose the letter in the pre-paid postage envelope.

If enough people do this, Congress will get the message.


43 posted on 03/22/2011 10:55:22 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: fwdude

lefties always call me a republican. maybe in the original sense, but not today. i’m definitely not ‘big tent’

i classify myself as a Constitutional libertarian (not the drug-addled libertarians of today)

there’s like 5 of us.


44 posted on 03/22/2011 10:55:54 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: 353FMG

That’s actually completely pointless. Either 1, they’ve contracted with a firm that does nothing but send mailings and receive money who’ll just throw it away without comment, or 2, it was received by a minimum wage employee who’s been hired to put a check in a box next to your name on a computer so some other minimum wage staffer can send you a thank you card, or it gets thrown away with no check in the box. They don’t even bother keeping tracking of who didn’t donate.


45 posted on 03/22/2011 11:03:33 AM PDT by Melas
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To: JimRed
...if you want to have a serious influence in primary elections, you have to be one or the other.

Unless you're in a state with open primaries. But then you have to choose; the best candidate for your preferred party, or the weakest for the opposing party.

Excellent point. States differ that way. In my state, AZ, you have to vote your party in the primary. Ironically (for a FReeper, anyway, and a longtime one at that), I have maintained my pre-Reagan Democrat registration. Most of our county-level politics here, and, for that matter, state-level for which primaries are contested, are Democrat. This way, I can influence more meaningfully in matters that are close to home. Also, if I prefer the Republican (who usually is unopposed), then I can, indeed, try to help the weakest Democrat to get the nomination.

Another reason for staying (D) is the cover I get whenever libtards hear my arguments and say, "Yeah, you're just parroting the Republican party line." I can truthfully say, "No, I'm not... but YOU certainly are parroting the Democrat party line."

So, what does that have to do with this thread about getting those annoying GOPAC (etc) fund-raising calls? I just say, after listening politely in case they might have something worthwhile to say (so far, none... but you never can tell), "Don't you know you're talking to a Democrat?"

Democrats, on the other hand, never call me any more. I've always made it a point of telling them to get rid of the communists at the head of the party, then call me back. Food for thought. Maybe they've added that to their checklist, "Did not contribute because:... too many communists"

46 posted on 03/22/2011 11:22:18 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Qwackertoo

I got one of those “PAST DUE” dun letters too and went totally ballistic on several people at the RNC. I told them that I valued my credit and my reputation and for them to send something that anyone could interpret as me not paying my obligations made me furious.

FWIW: I’m one of those folks who determined that the RNC couldn’t be trusted with my money (Michael Steele? Really?!) and prefer to donate directly to worthy candidates.


47 posted on 03/22/2011 11:24:02 AM PDT by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: MortMan
I’m not sure what you mean by “serious influence”, but the primary system is loaded against serious conservatives.

OK... by "serious influence" I mean I take my vote seriously, even if I don't get my way.

The other part of "serious influence" is that, in my state, AZ, I can only vote in the primary for which I am registered. The Republicans at my local and county levels are usually unopposed. So I can use my vote to affect who wins the General by trying to sabotage the liberals when the conservative is running uncontested in the other primary.

I have regretted being unable to vote in the Republican primary a time or two; but I have celebrated being able to vote in the Dem primary dozens of times.

As to your stacked-deck premise, I give you Exhibit A, the 2010 housecleaning of RINOs in primaries. So, take some heart from that. But please don't succumb to the idea that we each have only one vote and that's not enough to make a serious difference.

48 posted on 03/22/2011 11:32:54 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

For presidential primaries, the leading states are not necessarily inclined to support conservative pols. That is the crux of my comment.

I have not have a meaningful primary vote for president in decades. (NY-GA-KS).


49 posted on 03/22/2011 11:42:16 AM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: Qwackertoo
IF they call again anytime too soon, they’ll get an earful.

Tell them to take your name off their calling list. They're legally obligated to do so.

50 posted on 03/22/2011 12:31:04 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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