Why I am no longer a good Democrat
Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:34 AM
To the editor:
Greetings and salutations to all who have known me over the last few years to be a staunch and vocal defender of the Democratic Party and liberal ideology.
You may have also noticed that for the last several months I have gone silent. This has been due to my life throwing me some curves that resulted in deep consideration and re-evaluation of a great many things, my political identification for one.
After much introspection and a great deal of consideration, I must state openly and for the record publicly that I can no longer in good conscience consider myself a Democrat or a liberal as it is commonly known today.
This does not mean that my core values have changed or that I am moving right of center on most things. I still firmly believe that a person is good or bad based on their actions not their gender, or sexual orientation or skin color or religion. Those things are only important to the people involved in them. You will have good and bad people in any category you want to place someone.
What this does mean is that I will not be defending the Democratic Party when they act just like the Republicans or defend the liberal ideology when it overreaches – such as on gun control. That is one thing I have been just parroting the party line in spite of my personal feelings to be a “good Democrat” and be part of the gang.
A good person who is responsible and not a criminal should be allowed to own whatever gun or ammo they want. Again, a person's actions speak far louder than words, and the majority of gun owners are good people. There are a few other things but they are not important right now.
I do not wish to write a book, but the journey from being a “good Democrat” to being just a good person without a party identity or affiliation has been difficult. It has cost me people who claimed to be good friends. Going public with this will probably cause shock and disbelief among others.
The Democratic Party has drifted too far away from what I can accept. The differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are too minor and too immaterial to be noticeable. The recent election showed that quite clearly with the two highly flawed and unpleasant candidates the establishment parties put forth, in spite of there being far superior people in both parties available.
The aftermath of the election where the liberals started acting like the Tea Party they claimed to hate was another example.
Since I will not be able to change the course of either party, I will do the only moral choice left that I can. I will walk away from them both.
I recommend and suggest strongly to anyone who has doubts about their party, who is feeling that their voice is not being represented by their party, consider the same thing.
Your vote is the highest expression of your conscience and should never be at the whim of party loyalty or peer pressure from the establishment parties. Your vote, your voice, your decision.
I hope by showing that walking from the party is possible – and is sometimes necessary – that others awaken their conscience and we truly begin to work together to rebuild the glory, unity and strength of this nation.
Formerly a good Democrat, now merely a good man