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Jul 2, 201411:33 AMVan Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Declaring my complete independence

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From the pages of In Business magazine.

Just days away from Independence Day, I’m declaring my independence — from party affiliation, from ideology, from just about everything.

This position was not arrived at overnight. With apologies to Churchill and his famous quote about the wisdom of age, I offer this explanation: As a youngster with a heart, I began as an independent who leaned Democrat. As an adult with a head, I became an independent who leaned Republican. Now, aging into an irretrievable cynic, I’ve developed a profound distrust of both.

Perhaps someday I’ll train myself to ignore everything and happily go through life as blissfully ignorant as a man-in-the-street interviewee. You know, the low-information voter who can’t even identify the president or vice president. (Actually, the latter is completely understandable, but you get the point.) Recite to him a few of the timeless phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the reason we’re about to celebrate with parades and picnics and fireworks displays, and you get enough vacuous stares to make you want to ask for the return of the school portion of your property taxes.

Until that day of forced ignorance arrives — tuning out isn’t as easy as it sounds, or professionally practical — I’m stuck with the evil of two lessers. If I had the money and could actually pass the background check, I’d launch an Independence Party to challenge the two major parties. Have you noticed that both of these sorry outfits are edging closer to their left-right extremities, making compromise impossible even when the middle ground is plain to see?


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Jul 8, 2014 02:27 pm
 Posted by  John

Judging by your socially liberal, fiscally conservative posts I'd say "welcome to the Libertarian Party". Middle of the road can indeed be viewed as roadkill ... or as the 5-10% of Wisconsin voters who decide every election with 45% on each side entrenched in their dogma.

Jul 11, 2014 07:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Jul 11, 2014 10:20 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have thought for a long time that we should do away with all parties. Just make everybody an independent. Let them vote their conscience and vote for what their constituents want.

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