Can I do it?
Can I live with myself if I do it?
Everybody is doing it. Surely, it can’t be so bad.
Why can’t I do it?
This is the debate going on inside my head as I deal with Krazy in Kansas. In case you have been living under a rock, Kansas continues to set the standards for living in the dark ages by passing HB2453 this week denying service to homosexuals. There were other things in the homophobic bill, but that basically sums it up. This bill just follows one after the other of extremist Republicans bills being sent out of Topeka.
So now what? A political savvy friend of mine who I really respect posted on Facebook,
3 Hard Truths
1. Math: The ksleg DOES represent KS. Those Kansans who vote in August. Don’t like what’s going on, mad they’re not listening? Why would they, by-and-large, you don’t vote when it matters – August. It’s not about politics, but basic math.
2. Get over it: You wanna vote in August, where MOST races are decided? The only way to exercise your RIGHT to vote in August is to register Republican.
I know you’re disgruntled & embarrassed, changed to unaffiliated as a statement, I’ve heard it all. To quote Dr. Phil: How’s that workin’ out for ya?
3. Form: All I’m saying is you don’t have to put a Santorum sticker on your car (:!) but your RIGHT to vote relies on this form. https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/
(Steps off soapbox)
In case you haven’t noticed in blog post after blog post, I am a hard-core Democrat. I’ve always been a Democrat and have NEVER voted Republican. It’s not that I dislike Republicans. Some of my best friends are Republicans (shout out to Darla Jaye). It’s just that Republican philosophy goes against so many things I really believe in.
The #2 of this list hit home for me. I need to file in Kansas as a Republican if I’m going to vote in the primaries. In Kansas, the hard truth is that the options are moderate Republican or extremist Republican. If you vote Democrat, you spend a lot of time not voting and therefore changing nothing.
So is it time I bite the bullet and register as a Republican? Surely, the voting office will laugh their asses off when I change parties. Will I lend my voice to the moderate Republicans and help them win? Do I play the game knowing full well that I’m not a Republican?
Even though the blogging content is golden in this state, the reality is that the laws are outrageous and it just seems to continue to get worse.
What will I decide? What are your thoughts? Should I jump parties?
Desperate for Change in Kansas