Political party? I don’t need no stinkin’ political party

111413voteAlways happens.  Whenever I write something that raises the question of misdeeds or dishonesty of an elected official I get accused of being a member of the “other party.”

Thursday’s piece about the many problems and failures of Obamacare brought several shraply worded replies that claimed I was a “right winger” or “part of the Republican conspiracy to destroy America.”

None of the replies appeared because our spam filter flagged them for the use of obscenities or threats of violence.  That usually happens.  Both sides have extremists who can’t express themselves without the use of four-letter words or a promise to beat the hell out of someone they disagree with.

Such is the nature of politics today.  When one writes or says something that questions the actions of a public official who belongs to a political party, the mass assumption out there is that the criticism comes at the behest of the opposite party.

Political parties?  I don’t need no stinkin’ political parties.

Once again, for the record, I am not a Democrat or a Republican a liberal or a conservative, or a right winger or a leftie.  I don’t belong to any political group or any organization that makes political endorsements or backs candidates for any office.

The only label I subscribe to is the one that says “American.”  I firmly believe that no political party puts America above its own self-interests.  No political party accepts the concept of individualism.  No political party gives a damn about “the people,” because doing so runs afoul of the narrow, often single-interest agendas of the cash-laden special interest groups that dominate all parties.

Whenever anyone starts a conversation with “I’m a Republican” or “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a (insert party here),” I stop listening because the verbal diarrhea  that follows is too often taken directly from talking points of some party or ideological group.

Whenever possible, I prefer to have conversations with people who think for themselves and that is getting harder and harder to do in today overtly-partisan, narrow-focus agenda-driven society.

Too bad.  We used to be a nation of individuals.  Hopefully, we can be again some day.

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3 Responses to Political party? I don’t need no stinkin’ political party

  1. I wish more voters employed your perspective. If each of us approached elections as an “American” first, and secondarily as the member of a political party, our country would be much better off. Constructive debate and compromise are not possible when we ignore our common ground as citizens. Great post.