Thoughts of an Independent Voter

I have always been proud that I’m an Independent Voter and not part of either party. While I will admit, I lean one way or the other at times; I prefer to cast my vote for the candidate or issue that squares with my conscience. As hard as I might try, being a moderate right now is hard.

We live in a time when politics are driving personal relationships, and that I find is unacceptable. I have friends and family that I genuinely care about who are “hard right” and “hard left.” Where are the other Moderates? What has happened to common sense and the common good?

As we rapidly approach the general election, I am as concerned about the local races as I am the national. Those elected to serve our schools, cities, counties, and states will pass legislation that will impact our daily lives. In the past have voted a split ticket, and I will continue to vote for the person I believe will get the job done regardless of party.

Those serving in Congress and the White House must find ways to resolve the partisan politics tearing our country apart. Those in leadership are not working together to meet our countries needs. Wonder what would happen if there was a robust Independent candidate? A moderate who would work both sides of the aisle.

…that’s 30 today. And DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.

6 thoughts on “Thoughts of an Independent Voter

  1. Pat, it amazes me how you and I think alike. I have always tried to see both sides of issues from a moderate perspective. John Wesley, of the Methodist tradition, taught the via media. Which is a compromise between the extremes. Over hundreds of years we overcame or at least minimumized the differences and divisions between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants with this principle which originated from Aristotle.

    “Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other mens than reason, truth, and love.” John Wesley

    Church and Politics can be very dangerous discussion topics today. The lack of civility that you have previously mentioned is so obvious. I am looking for moderate candidates…..let me know if you find some!

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  2. Pat, could not agree more with your comments. Never before have the two major parties been so divided. I too look at the candidates and the issues, not choosing solely on which party a candidate belongs. Truth be told, I like some of the platform issues on both sides of the aisle, yet there are few elected officials that cross that aisle. On a national level, I sometimes wonder what Congress and the overall attitude in the US would be if all parties were eliminated, have term limits, and no special interests. Also a choice between qualified candidates. I am puzzled that in the last two elections, in a country that has approximately 255 million people over the age of 18, how we can’t find two people that are well educated, civil, seeks compromise, etc. Sadly, the division on the national level has channeled down into the state and local races.

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  3. Here is the candidate that I support: This candidate admits first of all that “I do not promise to have all the answers. I will make some mistakes. I may disappoint some voters, but promise to do what is moral and right for our country. I will surround myself with wise and upstanding advisors and staff who will probably be more intelligent than me. I will peacefully and sincerely listen to and respect all opinions, including those that differ from mine. And I will work with all to find common ground in legislature, and will dedicate myself to bringing us together because Americans need it and deserve it.”
    This candidate, I believe, will win the support of a majority of voters from both sides, and finally silence both conservative and liberal extremists who continue to divide us.
    Sadly, this candidate does not yet exist. Maybe, hopefully, he/she will emerge soon.

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    1. Carolyn,

      Yes, it is hard for those of us “immigrants” to Johnson County to know those who will represent us. I found my involvement in Rotary a good avenue to meet and hear some local politicians. I also attended a Q&A sponsored by the League of Women Voters, it was good to witness the answers and demeanor of the candidates. Should be some local public forums between now and the general election.

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  4. Patrick,
    I was surprised to get an email noting your post, so I took a look. I have pondered your comments for several days. In the interest of transparency, I am a prolife Republican who leans well to the right. What intrigued me most about your comments was the word “moderate” and, in particular, to what does this apply?
    Having been on the edge and involved in politics for several years, I believe we must each start with core values. In my case these include prolife (from conception to natural death), the traditional family, respect for one another, law and order, limited government, etc. It is from this personal foundation that each of us should base our assessment of candidates for public office. And clearly, not everyone has the same core values as I do.
    If your use of the term “moderate” means identifying a candidate who most closely matches your core values, I’m with you. Sometimes it becomes a choice of “the lesser of two evils”. But that does not mean that you compromise your core values.
    It is said, and I believe, all politics is local. As you note, it is not always easy to get to really know who candidates are and what they stand for. My advice is to get as close personally to them as you can. Your suggestions of attending candidate forums and involvement in civic organizations is a good start. If they knock on your door campaigning, talk to them! Ask your friends about them. That is all great during the election cycle. But better yet, watch them work if elected. If there is an issue of interest to you, go to the city council meeting, go to a hearing at the statehouse, call their office or send them emails. Evaluate if and how they respond to you! This will help you sift through the BS we put up with in the campaign cycle.
    I am personally acquainted with many elected officials. I can tell you it is a relatively thankless job, particularly at the local level. They will tell you that half of their constituents are unhappy with them most of the time. So when they do a good job, thank them for their service.
    I’m sure you can find some good folks up in your new pasture. Good luck and it was good hearing from you.

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