A while ago, I opted out of a party affiliation because I had a couple people ask me what party I belonged. Based on the conversation, I knew it was an attempt to find out which party I aligned myself with in order to try and paint me as a “biased” member of the media. So I decided the best way to solve that problem was not to have a “side.”
Since then, I have come to realize that what I am looking for out of a political candidate truly would probably be described as “independent.”
I have stated before that the problem with government is that it looks like no one is willing to cooperate. When a Republican does reach common ground with a Democrat, each is shunned by their respective parties. Why, because they did the job that they were elected to do?
Each year I get more and more tired of watching a presidential speech, only to see it turn into an afternoon talk show as one side of the room is hootin’ and hollerin’ like the Dog Pound on the Arsenio Hall show (Google it, young ones) while the other half appears to be at the opera. It almost makes me wonder if people are even listening when the President speaks, or if they are just programmed to stand and applaud only because the president is a member of their party. If he is not, they fold their arms and sneer.
The fact is, I fully want a moderate as president. I don’t want someone who will only listen to half the room. Every candidate is going to have a flaw in the eye of someone, but the ability to think freely and make rational, non-partisan decisions should not be a flaw in the mind of anybody.
Keith Lobdell is the Editor of the Valley News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.