I am often asked about my political leanings. Do I lean left, do I lean right, or are my feet firmly planted in the middle? And what party do I pledge allegiance to – am I a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or something else? I try to stay away from any hard and fast political labels because I don’t believe I adequately fit any of the cemented party alignments. I believe what I believe and I support who and what seems right to me regardless of what label is attached.
But based on my positions on certain topics folks arrive at conclusions about my leanings and my party affiliations. Interestingly, different folks have assigned me different party labels in their minds. Unfortunately, I can only disappoint folks who think I am one thing as opposed to another. I am none of them, but pieces of all them – I am an Indemican. In fact, I am a middle-of-the-road Indemican.
Now that you know I am a middle-of-the-road Indemican you can better understand where I am coming from when I share my musings on topics. Indemicans do not have the burden of a party platform to deal with. Indemicans are free to create their own platforms. Of course, Indemicans do not have conventions or fundraisers for candidates. Indemicans don’t have party bumper stickers or television ads. Indemicans are not part of the well-oiled political machine.
But just because Indemicans do not frolic across the political battleground does not mean they are not paying attention. Indemicans are thoughtful citizens who use their vote wisely. Increasingly, it is the Indemicans that are the ones introducing variability into what has become a fairly stale and predictable two party system. Indemicans do not embrace the limited options of black, white, and gray. Indemicans want the option to choose from an entire Crayola box of colors.
Dare I say, Indemicans are the future of this country. The party system will never completely disappear, but the notion of being on one side of the aisle or the other will become so pedestrian that it will all but disappear. Instead politics will become a discussion of issues and ideas that are not mired down by party agendas or loyalties. That is the future as I see it.
You may say I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one.
Day one thousand two hundred and eighty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da