It’s official. I have joined the republican party and will be voting under that banner in November.
No, I am not voting for McCain, I am just sick and tired of the self-righteous anger the democrats have lathered themselves into this year and being an independent seemed so wishy-washy. I cannot get behind any effort designed to paint millions of Americans with the crimes of a few simply because they call themselves conservatives.
Would you give an abused woman one last ass kicking as she stumbled in the door of the shelter for not being wise enough or strong enough to leave earlier?
Since I musing on the end of labels last month, I realized that little traction exists for giving them up altogether. Perhaps they are too comforting to people? At least two thirds of Americans identify as republican or democrat, so there is something in our make-up that looks to our fellow citizens for further refining of our political identities. So, if labels are clearly not out, I figure why not offer a new one that is a little more precise.
I love Rage – both literal and figurative – but we aren’t focused on the right targets. Rage against the machine, not you fellow Americans. Rage against injustice and intolerance and backward thinking not against moving forward together as a nation of reconciliation. Rejoice in the idea that millions of republicans are already articulating a new way of thinking inside our party – don’t waste your anger on impotent and illogical bursts of self destruction.
Revolution (or in this case evolution) takes a little bit of time to get it right.
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