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.