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16.
A term used as camouflage by the timid and cowardly to hide their true political affiliation. Statistically, independents vote more reliably for parties they "lean towards" than actual party members. To call oneself an independent is to scream, "please don't hate me".
That guy calls himself a "democratic-leaning" independent, but he votes for Democrats every single time. Like we can't tell what he truly is; he's an idiot!
by Murray Rothbard January 25, 2006
 
1.
the only way to be these days.
what is understood need not be discussed.
by mikey November 11, 2004
 
2.
The only logical future for American politics. Will occur when people realize you don't have to vote for "the lesser of two evils", because you can always choose someone who isn't evil at all.
It's a basic concept called "compromise" benefiting everyone, and it can be achieved by voting independent.
by Chernorizets Hrabr November 05, 2004
 
3.
Having no political affiliation; not a member of an organized political party.
I'm not a democrat, I'm not a republican. I'm an Independent.
by progamer124 July 11, 2003
 
4.
A person not corrupted by a "tug-of-war" ideology seen in partisan voter life. Someone who understands propaganda and how it is used in politics. Thus, they are not suckered into a side due to incorrect facts; shown only to sway the people who are too lazy to look things up themselves.

While most partisan fools will say independents are too "scared to pick a side", in reality, partisan voters are the ones too "scared" to stand up for what they truly believe. Instead of standing up for their own beliefs, like an independent, partisan voters allow themselves to be fed bullshit facts over the radio/T.V. by self proclaimed experts Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Ed Shultz, who's only goal is to make everyone think in the exact same way.

Independents think for themselves and understand that parties will only tear the country in half over their idiotic squabbling as George Washington himself predicted.
1. "Actually, if you do some research for yourself, you will see that n either radio host knows what they are talking about."

2."Well, I don't agree with everything the Democrats say, and I don't agree with everything the Republicans say; so I am my own independently thinking person."

3."Stupid independent.. having his own ideas when he should believe exactly what i do."
by yuskjr May 22, 2009
 
5.
A person who declares a resistance to the self perpetuated fascism and ignorance of the two-party system (Republicans/Democrats) by voting for people/organizations that not only align themselves more closely with an individual's beliefs, but produce unbiased and non-partisan results.
"You're for the decentralization of the federal government too? Vote independent!"

or

"Homemade waffles are delicious!"
by scuba steve123 August 11, 2006
 
6.
Free. Not bound by something.
Typically used in politics to describe (a)a nation or group of people that is no longer opressed or colonized, or (b) a nation that was formed by breaking up from another country.
After the great war, the continent was split into twelve independent states.
by AYB April 23, 2003
 
7.
1. (noun) A registered voter who believes that a citizen should choose and hold their own beliefs, instead of believing that 300 million Americans' beliefs should all fall into 1 of 2 narrowly defined partisan categories. Independents have no party or organization; they represent themselves. George Washington was the only independent President.

2. (adj.) The status of not relying on outside resources and not being controlled by an outside entity.
"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism."

-George Washington

"The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty."

-George Washington
Independent
by IndependentForever November 03, 2009