For John, BLUF: Parties create themselves. Nothing to see here; just move along.
City Life Producer John McDonough likes to say that when he votes he is not voting Republican or Democrat, but voting for Americans. He wants to send Americans to Washington, to look after our business. He thinks parties get in the way.
We are, in fact, all Americans, but we do have different political views. So, transport yourself to Congress, where you are a shiny new US Representative from Massachusetts. You were elected to represent the views of the votes, those who voted with you and those who voted against you. You are, after all, an American, and one of 435 like Americans in the US House of Representatives.
There are a couple of key issues about which you feel strongly. You wish to legislate in support of your ideas and ideals. Below is a sample or sharply contrasted views, views often based upon underlying philosophical views:
|One View||Different View|
|Man-made Global Warming||Normal Climatic Cycles|
|Restrict Gun Ownership||Second Amendment|
|Single Payer Health Care||Free Market Health Care|
|Graduated Income Tax||Flat Tax Rate|
Do you just wait for the vote to be called, or do you team up with others who think like you? Is it possible that there are people who think like you on a number of the issues listed and also on some other issues? Is there some danger that you and your like thinking brethren will sort of drift together to accomplish your aims? Maybe in a year or so you and your friends might group together to make sure everyone gets reelected?
At what point are you a member of a dreaded "party"?
Regards — Cliff