You hear a lot of talk on the news these days about the “independent voter.” Huh?? Aren’t we all independent voters? How many people do we take into the voting booth with us? Do we vote as a group for anything or anyone? How do the powers that be delineate these so-called “independent” voters?
For years, I was a registered “Undeclared.” Does this make me an “independent” voter? I don’t know about THAT, but it sure cuts down on the number of pieces of political junk mail I get at election time. On the downside, it keeps me out of caucuses, but I can deal with that. In Alaska, I could request whatever party’s ballot I choose to vote in that election. I call that independent.
The traditional parties claim to be so anxious about how the “independent” voters are going to vote, yet they do nothing more than water down their own stance to mollify the mushy moderate middle, the wishy-washy whatevers, instead of standing strongly for what they STAND FOR. An independent voter looks at these things. Do the major parties think they know something about us that we don’t know? But, when the vote comes, most of us, unwilling to consider “third party” candidates, will still be choosing our candidates from between the major parties’ tickets. Our desire is not to form that third party, but to avoid being pushed into choosing someone we can’t support, simply because our party wishes us to.
Rush used to make a lot about “independent” voters, until a caller set him straight. For a long time, he had us lumped in with the “moderates” in the mushy middle, without the courage of our convictions. There is NOTHING moderate about me, or my voting record. I always vote the most conservative ticket I can find. An independent voter simply doesn’t go along with all the planks in a particular party’s platform. But being an independent voter has nothing to do with being a “moderate” or “undecided.”