I thought I was being long-winded enough not to explain this one much further, but since you ask, I will.
"Some of these discussions in this forum remind me of another all-too-common scenario -- people defending their abusive parents, spouses, etc., out of misspent love and devotion, at their own expense. We're taught to put our own interests second, but when a lot of people start talking and realize that their interests are the same as a whole lot of other Americans (or when the realization is thrust upon them, such as when their employer lays off thousands of people) ... and that those interests are being neglected or betrayed, it becomes clear that something needs to be done. At the bare minimum, their voices need to be heard by the people in charge of government."
I'm not referring directly to a post, such as someone writing, "My dad used to beat me, and he's my hero! So is Bush!" Simply drawing on my own experience with people, unfortunately much of which involves this subject, I see a lot of common ground between the two situations: people who are abused yet loyal, and people who support Bush despite his gross philanderings. By "gross philanderings," I mean pretty much everything that's been said about him that is proven to be true -- not petty name-calling, etc., but his outright lies and equally shameful coverups about Bin Laden, Iraq, WMDs, the list goes on.
People who are abused often remain loyal to and defend their abuser. Their cultural upbringing dictates that they love and honor this person, putting their own best interests second.
I have yet to see anyone post any truthful and clearly explained validation for their support of Bush, in terms of his fulfillment of their needs in a leader. There's a lot of blind faith, howling derision at his opponents, and generally poor-quality banter. I don't know if I can sum it all up here. I'll just refer you back to almost any Bush-related post in any string in this forum.
The purpose of folks like Moore is to educate and motivate people to keep our representatives in government on track as our voice in government, not the voice of whoever paid for their TV ad. Republican wags like Limbaugh like to blow hot air and keep everybody ignorant, believing that the country is best run by an elite few rich guys -- the people Bush refers to as his base. Why do they believe this? Please, tell me -- I've tried to understand it my whole life, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Once, I tried to imagine I was a soulless plutocrat, and it started to come clear. ...
If anything, Moore's work has helped ease the tensions Bush created between America and foreign nations such as France, by reassuring them that not everybody here supports BushCo.
I loathe politicians generally, but that's what political parties are for -- to show the big picture in terms of issues and legislation, so that you can choose a side without having to naively put all your hopes into one person.
And, by the way, anybody who claims to be independent *is* independent. There's no "Independent Party" to register for. As American citizens, we all have the right to choose any party or independent candidate, every election. Registering to vote in the primaries doesn't make you a lifelong member of whichever party you chose to influence, that year.