The morality of changing political parties


For years I have felt like halfway between a Republican and a Democrat. Frankly, I don’t like much of the mainstay arguments in either party. I don’t like the scare tactics and self-focus of many Republicans and I don’t like the relativism and throw money at problems part of the Democratic party. When we lived in NH, I registered as an Independent and when I voted in the primary, I could vote either way and keep my status. Here in PA I have to choose. So, today I changed my status to Democrat so I could vote in the upcoming primary. I’d like to have a say and being a Republican means having no vote now that McCain has wrapped up his nomination.

So, is it okay to change for this reason? I think so. I don’t like it when folks change so they can vote against someone or vote for someone they think won’t be able to beat their true candidate. But it seems different if I change to vote and haven’t yet made up my mind.

What do you think?

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5 responses to “The morality of changing political parties

  1. I think you’re okay with the switch, Phil. I find myself inbetween the two parties, too. Have you read Jim Wallis’ book, God’s Politics? I’m reading it now. I know he has a new book just out, but I’ll have to catch up. He spoke at Wheaton recently and Wheaton was criticized by some (http://americansfortruth.com/news/wheaton-college-invites-lefty-evangelical-jim-wallis-to-speak.html) for having him there without an opposing view.

    Mark

  2. Yes, I did read Wallis’ book. Haven’t seen his new one. I don’t get that bit of not being able to bring a controversial figure on campus. I know Shane Claibourne was dis-invited from some school in OH for the same kind of reason.

    I suppose they are considered heretics by some.

  3. **Note: Shane Claiborne was uninvited from Cedarville University. Then the students protested using their blogs. I guess that didn’t turn out the way Cedarville hoped**

    I find the two-party system a bit outdated, but it seems like candidates outside the two parties don’t get much press, so…what’s the solution?

    You have to live with your own convictions. I tried to switch to Independent out of principle, but it seemed like so much work, I figured who cares? If you think switching your party is the thing to do, then do it. More and more I see the gray areas and realize how much we have to rely on God for the choices we make, even if our Christian friends don’t see the wisdom in them.

    Although I have been blasted on my own blog for speaking out against Christian leaders telling me that it was my duty as a Christian to vote for Huckabee. I’ve also received criticism for saying I’m open to hearing what Barack Obama has to say about the issues.

    I don’t live or die by any party–it’s not worth it. I am also suspicious of the millions and millions of dollars spent on campaigns. Sure, it’s a necessary evil…but how many other people could be helped with that money? And the Inauguration itself is millions of dollars…hmm…is there really a difference between either party at the end of the day?

  4. Ron

    One of my friends ages ago told me how he had registered as a Prohibitionist. It gave him the freedom of an Independent without the stigma, he told me, over a shot of 192-proof rum.

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