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By Mary Starrett
11, 2009

There will be no hearts-on fire valentines for liberty-loving Americans this year.

What we feared and fought against is upon us. The evil in Washington grows with each new administration cabinet pick, each thug who makes it through confirmation hearings and emerges a ‘made’ man or woman in the Obama crime family.

Nevertheless, for those of us in the ‘never- say- die’ camp it is imperative we seek out whatever scraps of hope remain and cling to them.

To wit I offer this…

Bipartisan embarrassment is growing. It seems more people are saying “Whatever you do, don’t call me a Democrat or a Republican.”

Last month, the number of Americans who wouldn’t cop to being a member of either of the two parties rose to almost 27%.

That full percentage point increase since December would appear to mean that as an electorate, we’re losing ardor for the parties in power.

As more voters see opportunities in other parties and take the leap to join them, the Big Box parties will be forced to accommodate the voter by either wising –up (unlikely) or else joining the Whigs in the dustbin (likely).

The number of Republicans- 32.6%- is the lowest tally since this summer when party faithful were struggling to find a reason to get behind pro-amnesty, anti-gun, pro-bank heist John McCain.

Maybe one of the reasons the GOP is losing more and more ground is best seen in a snapshot of a single vote McCain and 17 of his Republican colleagues recently cast in the Senate confirmation of new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

McCain and his merry band of conservatives cast a “Yea” vote for the man who sold a Clinton administration pardon to a crook, oversaw the terrorizing of little Elian Gonzalez and lays claim to being former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s henchman.

You’ll remember Reno’s reign of terror included the incineration of 70 adults along with 17 babies and children at the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Texas 16 years ago this month. As the highest law enforcement officer in the land of the free, Holder was second in command as Reno ordered CS gas pumped into a building filled with terrified Americans. Those people died gruesome deaths at the hands of their own government. Our government.

The pictures of the dead, seen by relatively few Americans, include images of babies bent backwards in gruesome poses as their bodies writhed in agony before excruciating deaths.

In addition, Eric Holder is also so focused on wiping out the Second Amendment that he ponied up arguments to the Supreme Court arguing private gun ownership should be abolished saying “the Second Amendment (does) not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms.”

He said the Second Amendment could not be used to restrict banning guns.

Holder and McCain have long been BFF’s on the gun issue, as the former GOP presidential candidate lobbied long and hard to clamp down on gun owners’ rights.

More and More pro-gun voters who chose to plug their ears and cover their eyes through years of GOP betrayal are having an especially hard time swallowing the Holder confirmation.

Maybe that’s why the roster of Republicans continues to get smaller.

And, while the number who identify as Democrats is roughly 8% higher than the Republicans, that number dropped a full percentage point just in the last month. Life-long members of both parties are seeing their affection wane.

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Change- not the “change” that’s come to mean “Socialism” in America today-but real change back to constitutional principles will not happen all at once. Perhaps the party affiliation shifts we’re seeing are pointing to that change. I’ve heard it said “Even a blind hog roots up an acorn once in awhile.” Maybe even those who have been blind are starting to see.

Take heart.

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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.

Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.

She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party ( and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.











Bipartisan embarrassment is growing. It seems more people are saying “Whatever you do, don’t call me a Democrat or a Republican.”