I Went Indie

14 Apr

Yup, now I’m indie.  I made the decision a lot time ago, but finally executed it today when I got picture taken for my new driver’s license.  Since changing my political party was an easy touch of a button, I did it.  I wanted to do it for a while, but changing from Republican to something else, a day before the BIG Pennsylvania primary felt scary.  It wasn’t like I was sending a missle to the Middle East, just pushing a button.

But in evangelical circles, I’m generally surrounded by Republicans.  It’s not just the Right…it’s the right thing to do or I may lose my salvation.  But I switched to “Independent” because I’ve had it with the two party system, and I don’t like being a Republican and I don’t think the Democrats have it right either.  I can still vote for McCain in tomorrow’s primary (I’m staying home).  Yet I feel free, like my mind is my own and I don’t have to “go along” with any party anymore.  Like Joe Lieberman and I should go out for tea and talk about what being Independent means to us and how people can’t assume we vote on party lines because our party has yet to be defined.

In some ways, I wish pushing a button could be so freeing in other aspects of my life.  Like–WHAM!–best-selling author or wife or something else.  I guess we can’t change our identities and affiliations quite so easily, most of the time.  I suppose that would ruin us because we learn so much in the journey.  Today marked something for me–a shift from who I thought I was supposed to be for many years into the person I want to be.

It may have only been a small change–a push of a button at the DMV–but it was a step in further defining my self, my beliefs, and the things I care about.

I am really happy to be an Independent.

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  1. marieleve April 15, 2008 at 12:04 AM #

    I am happy that you have become an independent! However, it seems as though even though you are independent you are still going the republican way? So… GO ahead vote for a simpleton, a war hungry simpleton. It is dumb you are not going to vote in the primary. Every vote counts.

  2. Amy April 15, 2008 at 1:09 AM #

    I don’t know how it works in your state, but in my state you can only vote for the candidate in your party. Since I just switched to Independent today, my party is still registered as Republican, so if I voted in the primary tomorrow, I could only vote on the Republican ticket, which leaves McCain or Ron Paul. Since McCain has the nomination anyway, what’s the point in voting? If I was a Dem, I would definitely vote for Obama or Clinton. Anyway, being an Independent, I won’t really be able to vote in primaries unless I’m a member of one of the two major parties because there are rarely Independent candidates.

    So, Marie, to answer your question…I haven’t decided on who I’m going to vote for in the Presidential election, but I am definitely unable to vote for anyone other than a Republican in the Pennsylvania primary since I just changed my party today (you have to do it 30 days ahead of time and I would have chosen to be Independent and wouldn’t be able to vote in the primary anyway)…does that make sense?

    This is one of the reasons why I think the two party system is so stupid!!! But if you want a prediction, I think Hillary will take Pennsylvania. Obama pissed off so many people with his comments about “small town” Pennsylvania.

  3. marieleve April 15, 2008 at 3:11 AM #

    I am not stupid. I understand how it works. I also know what is going on in the world. Maybe I am still hung up on how you said you were Evangelical (no?) I know it is bad, but I have a hard time getting beyond things like that which seem so oppressive. So like I said…. every vote counts…. why even bother if it seems you are already going in one direction.

  4. marieleve April 15, 2008 at 3:11 AM #

    I am not stupid. I understand how it works. I also know what is going on in the world. Maybe I am still hung up on how you said you were Evangelical (no?) I know it is bad, but I have a hard time getting beyond things like that which seem so oppressive. So like I said…. every vote counts…. why even bother if it seems you are already going in one direction.

  5. mike golch April 15, 2008 at 3:59 AM #

    being an indie is fun,but the big draw back I found is that when go and vote in a rpimary election you only vote oin the issues not a condidate,you do vote in the regular elections for a candidate.

  6. mike golch April 15, 2008 at 3:59 AM #

    being an indie is fun,but the big draw back I found is that when go and vote in a rpimary election you only vote oin the issues not a condidate,you do vote in the regular elections for a candidate.

  7. Amy April 15, 2008 at 4:37 AM #

    Marie, calm down. No one said you were stupid. I personally don’t know how voting works in all the other states. It sounded like you assumed I was voting for McCain, and I said I don’t know.

    Yes, I was raised in the evangelical church and thought that being a Christian meant being a Republican. It doesn’t. Besides, even if I was an evangelical Christian Republican, I can still vote for someone other than McCain. That’s the beauty of America. I just happen to be a semi-postmodern Christ-following Independent.

    That’s why I’m so proud to make my own choice to be Independent because I don’t want to be defined by the group affiliation of Democrat or Republican. Frankly, both parties piss me off.

    Why would I bother wasting my time going to the polling center if McCain already has the nomination for the GOP? I can’t vote for anyone else, can I? In this case, one vote doesn’t matter–that’s just what they tell you to get you to show up at the polling center.

  8. Amy April 15, 2008 at 4:37 AM #

    Marie, calm down. No one said you were stupid. I personally don’t know how voting works in all the other states. It sounded like you assumed I was voting for McCain, and I said I don’t know.

    Yes, I was raised in the evangelical church and thought that being a Christian meant being a Republican. It doesn’t. Besides, even if I was an evangelical Christian Republican, I can still vote for someone other than McCain. That’s the beauty of America. I just happen to be a semi-postmodern Christ-following Independent.

    That’s why I’m so proud to make my own choice to be Independent because I don’t want to be defined by the group affiliation of Democrat or Republican. Frankly, both parties piss me off.

    Why would I bother wasting my time going to the polling center if McCain already has the nomination for the GOP? I can’t vote for anyone else, can I? In this case, one vote doesn’t matter–that’s just what they tell you to get you to show up at the polling center.

  9. marieleve April 15, 2008 at 5:59 PM #

    I sent you an email Amy! I am not explaining things very well and I am sounding ignorant… But there is no use doing it here. I just look bitter!

  10. marieleve April 15, 2008 at 5:59 PM #

    I sent you an email Amy! I am not explaining things very well and I am sounding ignorant… But there is no use doing it here. I just look bitter!

  11. Amanda April 17, 2008 at 3:49 AM #

    i want to be indie.

  12. Amanda April 17, 2008 at 3:49 AM #

    i want to be indie.

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