I've been thinking on this awhile, but something's always held me back. It may be my independent streak and dislike for labels, instilled in me by my father. It may have been my misunderstanding that being a member of an organized party meant that I had to agree with every piece of the platform or would be associated with every self-identified member of that party. But, today, I changed my mind--and this is a big decision for me. So, tomorrow, when my local village hall opens, I will walk in and proudly ask to change my voter id registration from independent to democrat. Here's why:
I believe in social justice, equality, equal opportunity, and a level playing field for all.
I believe in a positive government for the common good. I believe that government should make necessary investments to foster a healthier collective society than what we can do on our own individually. This especially includes investments in infrastructure, clean energy, healthcare, and education.
I believe in common-sense regulations and consumer protections so that the rights, freedoms, and pursuit of happiness of the vulnerable are not hindered by the actions or greed of the powerful.
I believe in a woman's right to choose, and everyone's right to vote, and a worker's right to organize.
I believe in a smart foreign policy, using everything in the arsenal of American power--but, only deploying our military in war as a last resort. And, I don't believe that decision should ever be made lightly or in haste. And, I believe in investing in the utmost care for all of our veterans.
No matter how the vote on healthcare goes down today, I will become a democrat tomorrow because I believe all of these things in my heart of hearts. And, I have been convinced that, although not every democratic official or every democratic party member believes all of what I believe, the majority do. And, in a democracy, majority rules. And, I, therefore, have been convinced to join the majority of those who believe as I do, and becomed a self-identified democrat.
p.s.: If there are any comments, I will try to reply to as many as I can, but I have to get ready for work. I will also return later this evening after work.
UPDATE: Wow. First time on the rec list for me. Thanks for all the support guys. And, I really appreciate all of the comments and different perspectives as well.