Online Journal
James Medley
October 11, 2000

I'm getting pretty sick of hearing from these smug independents -- unprincipled opportunists, I should say. With no party loyalty beyond a narrow self-interest that is exclusive to itself and unrewarding to important coalition building, they neither contribute to, nor work toward, any meaningful social progress.

Party loyalty historically has advanced the values and objectives of its singular members on the same principal as the labor unions, or fraternal organizations, even chambers of commerce if it comes to that. United we stand.

A nation of takers is not one to foster confidence in the future. "Ask not what your country can do for you ---" is precisely the opposite of the independent's whining query, "What's in it for me?"   

Bankrupt and bereft of party loyalists, financial support must be sought by officeholders elsewhere if their personal welfare and that of the party is to prevail. And so the multinational corporations ("special" interests) buy your representatives. And who then is the greater whore, whose fidelity the more deserving? Lately we've witnessed a precious kind of faux purity, a sanctimonious, above-the-fray hubris, "I vote for the man, not the party." And the better candidate for the country is judged upon his debate make-up, speech pattern or vacuity of his platitudes.

I for one would like to know, from the recipient of my vote, who will your allies be, whose allegiance honored, what principals will you espouse and will they coincide with mine? And I'm always uncomfortable with these non-partisan elections. Who are these people? Really? Who are their friends and who supports them? I think I deserve to know who I'm climbing into bed with.

So to those few so-called undecideds, how complicated is it really, to know your own mind at least well enough to prefer someone who won't embarrass you in public by picking his nose, or ranting incoherently before the village parson? Then make the final choice by deciding which party, based on the guest list, you wish to attend? Outgrow the milquetoast, friends.