I have cousins all over the country. Some are the old school democrats, others are Republicans - some are southern Republicans. One cousin from Washington State is active in the Peace and Freedom Party. I've been a Kennedy Democrat because that is what my parents told me, I was.
Then I became a Republican. (I was shunned)
Then I went back to being a Democrat.
and as of the last election, I checked off, No Party Preference.
Clearly, my past party affiliations have not fit me, 100%.
I find, that among my extended family living in other states; the Democrats are not like the Democrats here in California. In fact, they sound a lot like Republicans on some issues. I call them Conservative Democrats which they don't like. I cringe at some of the ignorant things they say. I figure if they really think they are a Democrat, they need to live in California for 2 years! Let see what happens then. Pay some taxes, see what is really going on here.
Now the Republicans in my family are WAY OUT THERE. We on hardly agree on anything. I don't know of any Republicans friends in California, that have such extreme views. Republicans in California are more of a Liberal Republican. Socially liberal but fiscally Republican. And the Republican members of my family...well, there is no hope for them. I love them, we just don't share the same politics.
.We really need to have at least 2 more political parties because I know those 3 parties don't totally fit my needs. I refuse to be called a democrat or a republican or even a libertarian. Especially after Gary Johnson. On second thought, maybe he would have been better than Trump.
The US is a HUGE country - we can't have just two parties representing us. We are all so different. That is why I don't want to abolish the electoral vote. The West has always walked to the beat of a different drum. You go to one state, and it's like a totally different country. An old friend of mine just moved to Kansas. She's depressed. She said it's just different; like a different country. That's why I could never leave...I just don't speak the language of Alabama, Kansas, Florida or New York.