In my view the "independent" voter is the most dependent of all. He only
gets to pick between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, without any say in who the
candidates might be. He has no input in the policies, platform, or promises
of the candidates.
In addition, to be a truly informed voter, he has to devote an amazing
amount of effort to discover the "best" candidate in each race.
This came to roost for me last evening as my vote-by-mail ballot arrived. It
contained one hundred and twenty-seven names!
To research each of these candidates would require many hours of studying
position papers, pamphlets, asking questions of the candidate or his staff,
and attending town-hall meetings.
Fortunately, for me, all I had to do was mark one place on the ballot and I
got to cast a vote for president, vice president, US Senator, Congressman,
state representative state senator, attorney general, and a whole passel of
judges from the State Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, several
domestic relations courts, several district courts, several juvenile courts,
the county judge, the commissioner's court, justice of the peace, constable,
Here's my advice: Pick a party with which you can identify, that has
positions more similar to yours than the other parties, and support that
party whole-heartedly. By that I mean contribute time and money, attend the
party's conventions, volunteer to serve on committees, and so on. Finally,
support your party-pick with your vote on election day.
By so doing, you have a chance to influence the party's platform to help
mold it into something you may like better.
People get involved in politics for one of three reasons: Pride, Power, or
Profit. Here's how that might shake out for you:
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