Until the last U.S. Presidential Election I was a life-long registered Republican. I even took my corporate vacation during the RNC 2000 in Philadelphia so I could be a media relations volunteer the entire duration of the convention. I loved that experience. I met so many interesting people, and even lent a Congressman who was a platform speaker of some level cab fare so he could get to the Philadelphia Convention Center when he came to Philadelphia on Amtrak but forgot his wallet.
But the Republican party changed. And maybe I have changed too, but if I am honest with myself and you my readers, the majority of my life I have always been a ticket-splitter.
You see, I do not subscribe to the quackery that if a candidate is of a particular party they are a bad candidate and I can’t vote for them. I look at the candidates themselves NOT the political party to make my decision. I have no misplaced sense of obligation to either political party, which is probably WHY I became an Independent.
But politics, including in Chester County, has continued to disintegrate since he who shall not be named took the Oval. Sorry, not sorry, it is the unfortunate truth. And my opinion. This country is now like a daily episode of the now defunct ABC series Scandal.
No longer does political civility exist. Republicans think Democrats are evil and Democrats think Republicans are evil. It is the theatre of the absurd. You can’t discuss the merits or lack thereof of ANY candidate.
And heaven forbid you not act like a perfect little political Stepford wife and share an article you find interesting. Like this one:
Philly-Area Media Chain Tells Readers: Don’t Vote for a Single Republican
“There are some Republicans that do a good job and should be taken seriously,” says the editor. “But they are sort of sacrificial lambs, unfortunately.”
by VICTOR FIORILLO· 10/31/2018, 9:12 a.m.
With the most contentious midterm elections in memory coming up in a matter of days, news publications across the country are publishing their endorsements of their chosen candidates. But one group of media outlets outside of Philadelphia has taken a much different approach.
West Chester–based Brandywine New Media, which owns the Times of Chester County, the Unionville Times, the Kennett Times, the Coatesville Times, and the Downingtown Times, has run a staff editorial telling readers that they should “not vote for any Republican candidate on the ballot.”
Here is the Times of Chester County original editorial:
Editorial: An electoral shock to the system needed to save GOP
Oct 28th, 2018
As has been the case since the earliest days of The Times, we had planned to make endorsements in all of the 2018 elections….
But 2018 is a unique time in the history of American politics.
While some would try to paint a false equivalency that both of our major parties are bad, lacking ethics and are slaves to electoral expediency, we find ourselves unable to agree.
One party has been gripped by a mania, a cancer, and seems unwilling or unable to return to its roots, and instead panders to fear, anger and the worst instincts of a minority of its members: the Republican Party…..America needs two functioning parties to provide political balance and steady leadership. America needs a healthy Republican Party, as a counter balance to the occasional excesses of the Democratic Party — something sorely lacking now. If the current path continues unabated, we will see the end of the Republican Party as we know it.
….we suggest that you do not vote for any Republican candidate on the ballot. We know this is a difficult ask for many, but these times and our democracy cry out for a reset and only staggering losses will get the attention of elected officials and the party’s voter base in a meaningful way.
I have provided but an excerpt of BOTH the article and editorial, but I strongly suggest no matter what your political persuasion you should take the time to read BOTH pieces in FULL.
I wasn’t going to write a pre-midterm election post, but when I shared the Philadelphia Magazine article by Victor Fiorello on Facebook a woman piped up and said because I shared the article and suggested it was an interesting read that I was making a political endorsement. Allow me to quote her directly: ““Well worth taking the time to read” is a political endorsement. Your message is not sharing information but suggesting endorsement of a political view that many in Chester County find reprehensible.”
Can I say WTF now? I mean WTF? I am NOT suggesting endorsement. IF I was suggesting endorsement of candidates, I would say so. Suggesting an article about the current state of politics is an interesting read or a good read is NOT an endorsement of anything other than the actual article!
I actually would like to say thank you to Victor Fiorello for writing about an editorial I saw but did not take the time to read until he pointed it out. And I would like to say thank you to Publisher and Editor of Brandywine News Media Mike McGann. Mr. McGann that editorial is nothing short of honest and spot on. And a little bit sad.
I am truly sorry that so many lack intellectual curiosity about the political times in which we live, or are afraid to check things out lest they turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife (Genesis 19).
I am so sorry so many choose to be deliberately uniformed. It seems to me life is more interesting when you don’t behave like a veritable ostrich and bury your head in the sand, but what do I know, right?
I also realize some love to hate me because I speak my mind and am a blogger and am just different from them, but lordy. I fully accept although I find it fantastical at times some people (even other women) cannot handle women who do not conform to some pre-conceived set of notions that remind me of 1950’s housewives wearing kitchen aprons. These people should keep their own side of the street clean and do not presume to tell me or anyone else what to do. Because in fact, THAT is what is reprehensible here.
Being American means freedom of choice when you vote. It means being your own man or woman and voting your conscience. Being American also means you have the freedom to read a couple of local articles without fear of being put in the stocks like some renegade 17th century New England Puritan. (calling Hester Prynne and all that)
Grow up and remember your collective pride in what it is to be an American and to enjoy the freedoms our forefathers fought and bled and died for. We have the right, actually a duty to question the political status quo as Americans. Right now the status quo has some major suckitude going on. The political process is at present so incredibly contorted that our country is to be succinct, MESSED UP.
And to other women out there: it took until 1920 and when 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, stating, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Oh and another fun fact? Women in the state of Georgia could not vote until 1970.
Read up and vote next week people. Vote for who you choose, not who some political party bobblehead from either party tells you to vote for.
Thanks for allowing the rant and Happy Halloween.
You most likely have lost me as a follower. You sucked me in with Chester County Ramblings. I have enjoyed your writings over the past few years, until today. I want to hear about the history and happenings in the county that I adore. One thing I sure do not want to read are your political ramblings, pro, con, undecided or what you color you are wearing today.
If this is route you plan to continue in your Chester County Ramblings, count me out.
Ruined a good thing.
Oh good lord. Seriously? No one said anyone has to read everything on every website. The flip side is I write what interests ME. If that infuriates your refined sensibilities when I write about uncomfortable topics for you, that is on you. Not me.
We’re on the same page, Carla. I enjoy your “ramblings” wherever they go.
First, and foremost, this is a blog. A blog where you, Carla ~ I know I don’t have to tell you this , but apparently some may forget ~ get to write about whatever YOU want. I found nothing objectionable about what you wrote. As always it is without artifice,
honest and straightforward, which I appreciate. If it offends some people they don’t have to read it. No one has them tied to a chair with heir eyes held open with clothespins ala Clockwork Orange. They could , so to speak ,just turn the page or close the book. Or they wait until your next posting that they feel more comfortable with.
I myself read things I may not agree with or makes me uncomfortable . I get to re-examine my thoughts, and challenge my beliefs.. If something makes me feel that way I want to know why. Seeing something from another point of view is how to grow, keeps me from going through life with blinders on, and maybe gives me another take on something I may not have thought of. Maybe some people want to only read about that which they know they will agree with so they feel comfortable. I suggest they grab a comfy chair, sit in an echo chamber , and read out loud to themselves.