I’ve always considered myself a Democrat. In the party affiliation sense, not the “I am pro-democracy” sense. But lately I’m not sure. I know most of my views align with the Democratic party’s. I’m a registered Democrat, but if I’m being honest I had qualms with registering for a party. Mostly I wanted to be allowed to vote in their primaries, because I want to have a say in who the Democratic candidates are, as that’s who I’ll probably end up voting for. But I don’t feel any particular sense of loyalty to the Democratic party. I feel some loyalty to specific people within that party, but that’s very subjective. To continue to be honest, I don’t think any single party can encompass all my views. I don’t think anybody’s views align perfectly with any party. I think we come into America’s political system either as a finished sculpture or a lump of marble, and then the party system takes a hammer and a chisel to us and sculpts us the way they want us to be. The Republican party says, “Oh, you think universal health care might be a good idea? We can change that.” The Democratic party says, “How much do you really care about getting a single payer option? We can change that.” Conversely, if you don’t know how you feel about health care, or abortion, or any other issue, political parties basically scoop you up and spoon feed you their ideology. And their ideas about what works and what’s right could be vastly different than ideas you could have come up with on your own. Parties essentially erase the pluralities, and I think that’s a very bad thing.
So, am I a Democrat? I don’t think I really want to be. I fit most of their stereotypes, and I agree with most things they say, but do I really want to be part of this cycle? There aren’t only two sides to issues, or to the American people, so why do we keep pretending that there are? Problems are so much more complicated than we want them to be, but there are so many more solutions that we never seem to acknowledge, so many more compromises to be made.
The answer to my earlier question, I think we’ve all seen by now, is no. For now, I’m still registered, but just know, American Government, that I disagree with your party system shenanigans.