Friday, March 16, 2012

The "I" in independent

There are those who argue that not belonging to either American political party is important.

This certainly may be true for the rational and busy voter who has no appetite for exhausting crude primary battles and prefers his or her choice in November to be whittled down to two by political junkies.

For the candidate, not knowing where you fit in or where you stand, or worse not able to play well with others might be a sign of something other than "independence."

Recently many of us received word that one unenrolled candidate was enthusiastically endorsing the other unenrolled and uncommitted-on-the-issues candidate for US Senate before anyone else even got on the ballot. Not a knee-jerk endorsement, perhaps, but clearly an uninformed one by one spoiler to the potential next.

I'm not suggesting this was a back room deal. I'll leave that to the Twitterers.

Some of us like being on teams and the challenge of working with others towards a common purpose for the common good. We recognize that all communities are interdependent including the chambers of the US Congress. That one party is having an identity crisis is not an invitation to give up the two-party system in the United States -- a system that has nurtured the leader of the free world -- but rather a call for true leaders to fix it.