I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am not a Libertarian or an Independent. I’m not a member of the Green Party, the Labor Party, or the Party of Five. I do not vote straight ticket unless by sheer coincidence that they all happen to be of the same party.
I’m not a liberal. I’m not a conservative. I am not an anarchist or a nationalist. I’m not a socialist, a fascist, a hippie, a square, a homosexual, a homophobe, a Christian, an atheist, a minority, a majority, an idiot, or an elitist. I don’t vote based on set of predefined beliefs unless by sheer coincidence the issue at hand directly relates to that.
And you know what? Neither are you. You may call yourself a Democrat, but that doesn’t mean you think they have all the answers. You may call yourself a Christian, but you have thoughts and feelings that aren’t perfect. People may call you a hippie, but you can appreciate a shower and a hard day’s work. People may call you a fascist, but you recognize the need for security. Labels make it easier for people like politicians to group us all together and speak on our behalf. It’s good to have people looking out for us, but no one should be thinking for us. You are an individual. Don’t let politicians oversimplify who you are. Politics be damned!