On Guilt by Association

Convicted by declarations from both major political parties that one’s associations reflect one’s character, I decided to re-register myself as an Independent. The paperwork went through a couple of weeks ago. I breathe easier now, knowing I’m no longer associated with the criminals and sexual perverts who held official and unofficial leadership positions in my former party.

I suppose it’s a sad state of affairs that this indictment isn’t enough to reveal which party I’m talking about.

Comments

  1. Ilíon

    I suppose it’s a sad state of affairs that this indictment isn’t enough to reveal which party I’m talking about.

    Well, let’s see about that.

    There are criminals and perverts in both parties, certainly. And, at least as bad, there are boatloads of persons in both parties who don’t know and don’t care about the content and actual meaning of the US Constitution. See, for instance, the bi-partisan “McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform” law.

    However, one Party almost always disavows and expels the criminals and perverts when they are discovered, or at least when they are publicly exposed. But the other Party almost never disavows and expels the criminals and perverts when they are discovered or exposed – rather, that Party seeks ever to “define deviancy down.”

    Ergo: you were a registered Democrat.

  2. JD Stuart

    I’m afraid the mystery was given away months (years?) ago, Tony, when you complained of the difficulty of un-registering from the Republican Party. Glad to see you figured it out.

    We gonna be hearing how you’ll cast your vote, or are you keeping that private?

  3. RockThrowingPeasant

    I deregistered this election, as well. My voting probably won’t change, because I’m well represented locally. For the first time ever, I gave money during the presidential primary. Then, when my candidate was tossed to the side for the sake of “appeal,” I shrugged my shoulders and decided if they don’t need to listen to voters like me, they can do without me in their ranks.

  4. Lenise

    Can’t one be in the party, but not of the party?

    I suppose it isn’t the same to point out that our churches are made of sinners like us (hopefully we’re all the repentant type), but the case could be made, particularly of denominations as a whole. Obviously, membership in a church is a different “commodity”, but it’s still a voluntary association of people. Are we really that different? Are we really better?

    I don’t know that I am- I’ve never had the opportunity to gain from corruption like a Ted Stevens. Hopefully that church membership and the accountability of that body would sustain me in such a situation, but I can’t know that it would until I’ve been there.

    Of course, you’ve been a lot closer to the fire than I have. Just sharing my own thoughts. Anyway, my parents would be heartbroken if I changed my registration. Seriously.

  5. Ilíon

    Lenise:Can’t one be in the party, but not of the party?

    I certainly think so, since that describes my attitude to the Party I registered as in 1980 (I was raised “Independent”).

    But, at the same time, I think others have the right, or even duty, to draw conclusions about one’s character based on what one is willing to freely be “in but not of.”

  6. Nichole

    It is sad we can’t tell the difference. My dad always said you can’t lie down with dogs and not expect to pick up a few fleas and the stink. On the other hand, Jesus sat down with sinners all the time despite the criticism he received for doing so.

    Thankfully my political party is not my faith. While I haven’t engaged in the same sins as some our political leaders, I’m still sinful and I doubt Christ sees much difference between mine and theirs.

  7. kristin

    I did the exact same thing over 7 yrs ago now….it just MADE SENSE, in response to the craziness in the 2000 elections. I haven’t regretted it once.

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