I registered to vote today.
The nice man behind the counter asked me, "Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated?" I glanced at my mom to make sure she wouldn't take my choice as a streak of teenaged rebellion or political self-righteousness. She smirked. "Not registering Democrat? Bad Rhode Islander!"
It wasn't until we left AAA that my realization bloomed.
If I don't subscribe to the two major parties I'm only unaffiliated? It doesn't matter if I do have an affiliation if it's not to the Dems or the GOP?
I guess one can't go listing every party in existence on the voter registration. Obviously.
But "unaffiliated" feels like lying. And stinks of political marginalization.
Careless use of language, government. Very careless.
Go Bull Moose party?
[EDIT: while I'm ranting, people really need to stop using "socialist" as a buzz word. That's not good enough anymore. This isn't the McCarthy era, and the word "socialist" is not a persuasive buzzword anymore, especially when it's a strawman argument. Darned political vocabulary . . .]