Things are weird in the USA — and over the next few months they are going to get weirder. I find it necessary to lay out where I stand and the line I will walk as we turn and turn in the widening gyre.
I am weary of people telling me (as they have for about 20 years) that I “must” vote for X because they’re better than Y. I won’t vote for someone whose values and principles (if they have any) are contrary to my own. Won’t do it. I’m not a purist; I can vote for someone who I have disagreements with. But if we don’t align on, say 70 percent of issues, and on issues that are fundamental to me, I’m not going to support them. Sadly, given the drift of both parties to poles, beyond about the county level, I don’t feel represented at all. My state is deep blue, so my vote won’t matter anyway, and I can’t write a fat check to a campaign, so I might as well not trouble myself with the arguments.
I will comment on issues and policies and actions as I am moved to do so, either here at RIR, at Frontier Partisans or in the pages of The Nugget Newspaper. But I will not be indulging in political posturing on social media — and will delete any politically-oriented post that tags me. I will speak on that which I wish to speak on and nothing else and will not allow anyone to presume to speak for me.
I will happily engage in good-faith discussion of the content of anything I write on those platforms, but I will not be drawn into discussions outside their scope.
I will not attempt to have an honest conversation with dishonest people.
For years I have maintained friendships that I value with people of widely diverging political affinities. I hope to continue to do so. The ONLY thing that will jeopardize those relationships is an insistence that I must agree with you or a judgment of my values or personal integrity that is subjected to a political litmus test. Of any kind.
And within a few days, I’ll have my political manifesto emblazoned on a t‑shirt, to be available at the Frontier Partisans Trading Post: