I've decided that if Bernie Sanders does not win the Democratic nomination that I will change my voter registration from lifelong Democrat to Independent.
In so doing, I will be embracing the two arguments against it. That is, I won't be able to participate in closed primaries, and I won't be helping to build party unity. The party will have shown me that its intentions and my values do not align - why should I work to strengthen it?
This does not mean that I won't vote Democrat most or nearly all of the time. I might. But then again, I might not, and if I don't it will be free of the guilt that I should.
How deep does one's allegiance to the party have to run before that allegiance becomes fealty to a statist body that demands full compliance? One day you're working toward a common objective and the next day you're compromising your objectives for what they claim is the common good.
I think it's infuriating when politicians gets my support and then later abandon my core issues when they're found to be doing favors to special interests. There's always some corporation, some lobby, some favored group who steps in and takes over as coxswain. It's as if my vote is part of a reliable 31% of the electorate that won't dream of voting Republican, so we end up with a few token solar panels and watch as the status quo keeps us going in circles with a big grin on its face.
Well, excuse me, but<em> I </em>want to be a special interest, too.<em> I </em>want to be one of the favored groups that politicians pander to. Is that selfish? Is that putting my own needs above the party's? Absolutely.