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. Read the rest of this entry »