My two year stint as Republican precinct committeeman ends on March 20 (I think) when we in Illinois go to the polls for our primary. Given the realization of the futility involved in attempting to be a conscientious person involved with either major party, I am not running for committeeman again. Further, I have realized that I, not the Mitt Romneys and John McCains, was the RINO (Republican In Name Only). The political equivalent of Silly Putty seems to be more suited to being a Republican than one who has values, truly believes in limited government, and doesn’t believe that our children are our loan guarantors.
I cannot, in good conscience, consider myself a Republican. That said, I seek advice regarding the primary. I and others have railed against open primaries and so-called “independents” voting for the Republican nominee. I had a problem with the idea of liberals voting for the most pleasing-to-liberals candidates in our field of (most often poor) candidates. Others may have only been annoyed that anyone other than a good little party tool participated in the process.
So, on March 20, 2012, what do I do? Do I ask for the non-party ballot? Do I ask for the ballot of the party I used to call my own? My inclination is that I should request the general (or non-party) ballot. I have several rationales for this inclination.
- As I am not a Republican, it might be unethical to vote in the Republican Primary.
- If I pull a Republican ballot, the walking list will show an “R” by name name… not that there is really a Republican Party in Clay County to pester voters with requests for funds and support.
- This is Illinois, therefore, only the establishment choice will stand a chance in the primary. Congratulations Dan Rutherford and all you Romneycare proponents.
- This is Illinois, therefore, in the general election, votes for other than the Democrat nominee won’t count for much more than a protest vote anyway (but at least Dan Rutherford will be owed for his Romney work).
- I don’t really believe that, even if one of the Republican candidates wins the general, he would be able (or willing to try) to make a real difference regarding the downward trajectory of our nation.
- There are only two candidates who are remotely believable (not always in ways with which most would agree), and they are dismissed as second thoughts (Santorum and Paul).
I believe that some who oppose an open or semi-open primary would not have a problem with a person who is not technically a Republican, voting if he was not looking to sabotage the nomination with a vote for the most liberal. I’m not sure how prevalent this view is among the Republican Party membership.
What should a person with no faith in the Republican Party do when voting in the primary? I honestly would like to know what others believe to be the correct action. Please note that regardless of my lack of confidence, I am most likely to vote for whichever sorry politician is nominated by the Republican Party this November… for the office of President, that is. Incumbent politicians who are enamored with the lifestyle (such as John Shimkus) will not be receiving my vote (and of course, my withheld vote will make no difference).