As I said I would, I joined a political party. As of this week, I am officially a Missouri Democrat. I joined at the Ste. Genevieve Democratic Club potluck Christmas party, and it went better than I even hoped. Admittedly, I was a little worried about how well I’d be accepted, since my campaign was critical of a Democrat incumbent. However, the common message I got was that people were very happy to see me there.
I was happy to be there.
When I made my intent known to a few people I was asked:
“You’re considering becoming a Democrat because…”
Here is my answer:
I was a Republican for a long time. Long ago, it was acceptable to be a Republican as a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal. The rules were: Small government, small taxes, spend responsibly. But not to let one’s version of how they want to live their lives dictate how others should live.
So I sit somewhat in the middle of the line of liberal and conservative. What I have learned from other politicians today is the Republican Party is not accepting of a centrist. But the Democrats are.
Most importantly, our big issues for Ste. Genevieve County and the State of Missouri are truly divided on a party line. But that message isn’t well told. Guess what: you might be more liberal than you thought.
Did you vote No on A? Good for you. (I even shot a video about it for election day.) Right to Work is a partisan issue. Republicans passed it, and want to try again, regardless of how the people have voted. Democrats voted against Right to Work.
Do you believe in fair districting? The people of Missouri passed it. Republicans were against it. (I actually voted No on this one…. Good idea, poor implementation. I’m happy to explain my thoughts in more detail another time.)
Medical marijuana? If you voted yes on any of them (particularly the one that passed), you sided with Democrats.
So I’m a Democrat. Think hard about it… you just might be one too.