I did something last week that I was not looking forward to. I re-registered into a political party here in the US so I could vote in the upcoming primary in Pennsylvania.
I’ve been a registered Independent, or Non-partisan as the terminology goes here, for 10 years now. I left my previous party allegiance because I was tired of electing good people to office who then turned around and supported corrupt political leaders (that’s not an exaggeration either – those political leaders have spent time in jail since that time). I got tired of the purity tests. I got tired of being told I would have wait my turn. I got tired of hearing the “promises” made to other people who would have made great legislators and judges – knowing full well that it was a bunch of BS designed to keep those people out of a primary. I got tired of hearing people make arguments that the other side used against “our” candidates without anyone seeing the hypocrisy of the situation. I got tired and had enough and I re-registered as an non-partisan voters. I felt good about that decision and never regretted it.
But here I am, in 2016, feeling like I needed to re-register in a party so I could voice my vote in the primary – So I could say, “nope, I don’t like the front runner and think this person would be a disaster.”
I’m leaving this a bit vague. You might think you know what party I’m registering in. But then again, I feel the same about both parties and their front runners.
After the primary I’ll be re-registering as a non-partisan voter. It’s my home for now. I don’t fit into either party and frankly don’t want to be associated with either party. God bless you if you do.
Several years ago I made a determination that I would not be voting for the lesser of two evils. You’re still voting for evil. That has meant that I have written in many people over the years – some people I disagree with politically but have great respect for and I believe would do a good job because of who they were.
For me, when I vote, I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and no be ashamed of who I voted for. These same two rules apply to me still. Thankfully I have a candidate that I can vote for who will be on the ballot and I look forward to voting for this person. Look, I won’t be kidding myself into believing that this candidate is going to win – either the Pennsylvania primary or their party’s nomination. I highly doubt it. But it is my hope that my vote will be another voice that expresses its dissatisfaction with the front-runner of a party. Supporters of the front-runners will say I’m just delaying the inevitable, or that I’m wasting my vote. I disagree.
Even when I write in a candidate I am not wasting my vote – I am voicing my opinion that I think the other options are terrible. I am saying that I am voting, but I will not be compelled for vote for people I have severe doubts about just because they are the only ones on the ballot and they were popular. I am saying that I know full well my candidate won’t win, but I won’t rubber stamp the election of someone who I think will do a terrible job or worse.
I’m not thrilled that I have to do this. But I felt compelled to do this. I can’t wait to re-register. And I’ll be praying for the nation as this election continues on – that’s about the only thing I look forward to in elections – that hope in the future is not placed in the hands of humans, but rather with God.