That's why I'm a swing voter. I hate partisan gridlock, I hate straight party line voting. I hate seeing our elected leaders always putting their party way above the nation. I want to see legislation, proposals brought forth for our elected officials to base their votes on the merits of each. Not to automatically oppose anything and everything the other party does or proposes.

I want to see our elected officials putting America first, not their political party. To govern over the nation as America as a whole and not just for their party's base. Perhaps I'm a dreamer, perhaps I live in a fantasy world.

Perhaps I'm kind of a majoritarian. if a majority of Americans want us to move left, I'm fine with that. If they want us to move right, I'm also fine with that. What I want is government that governs and moves with the wishes and wants of the majority of Americans. If that means moving toward socialism, so be it.

I want our elected leaders to realize this country is made up of Republicans, Democrats, independents and a bunch of folks who just don't give an owl's hoot about politics. That this country isn't made up of just one party's base.

As long as we have party firsters in charge of both major parties, partisan gridlock is here to stay. Compromise should mean compromise, not giving the other party 100% of what they want and you get nothing.

I'm about as far away from being an ideologue as one can be and still be a political junkie. I think Georgia's two senators should vote the way most Georgian's want and wish them to, the same for my representative, the way the people in his district would like him too. The same for my state representatives and senators, country commissioners etc. Not voting the way one's party dictates.

Our elected leaders should represent the people who elected them, not their party. But I always been kind of anti party, a loner, one who moves by the beat of his own drum. Voting for who I'm comfortable with and against those I'm not.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.