I plan on writing a post soon about the upcoming campaign of my long time friend Derek for state representative in Connecticut, so I will just warn any and all readers that there may be a slightly political slant to some of my upcoming content.
For a long time I considered myself a Republican, in fact I have a feeling I am still registered as one in my home town. As I have said here before, my disassociation from the G.O.P. has not come as a result of any real grand isle-side-shifting event. Mostly I have always considered myself fiscally fairly conservative in that I favor lower taxes for primarily practical and selfish reasons, but on social issues I have almost always been liberal or libertarian. Frankly I have always disliked people who are knee jerk liberal or conservative and are quick to play politico-snob with you on how extreme they are on any particular issue or set of issues. In my view political moderation is a virtue at least in the respect that you do not jump to a conclusion on a particular issue because a Fox News or New York Times Op-ed article tells you that you should. Obviously once you feel you have found your personal position on an issue though, I invite you to be as steadfast as myself in your zealousness.
So perhaps this is a roundabout way of saying that somewhat reluctantly I am beginning to think of myself as a Democrat. I am sure some people probably are etiher shocked to hear this or whince at reading this, but I find myself making this decision despite the fact I do not like many Democrat politicians (Lieberman is likely my top pick- not as a presidential pick though). I do not feel this is any grand gesture, frankly I voted for a third party candidate in the presidential election just to avoid casting a vote for Bush or Kerry who I equally disliked, rather I just feel that the G.O.P. platform no longer really meshes with my attitude and the Democrats platform does.
The recent comments by Howard Dean should not have surprised any one as far as I am concerned. Other countries such as Germany openly have major political parties that identify themselves as Christian (in Germany the major conservative party is the CDU, which translates to the Christian Democratice Union. It is the party of former long time German Chancellor Helmut Kohl). That the G.O.P. seems to want to deny that they have become a party with a significantly religious message seems a little ludicrous to me, especially since data has shown that in the last election Bush won many of the midwestern and other "red states" due to his morally conservative message.
On the other hand, I feel intrigued by Howard Dean though. Dean seems to be a good choice for the Dems if for no other reason than the fact that he will likely give the party the sometimes unpolitically correct voice that Kerry utterly lacked in the election. Maybe Dean himself is not electable, but as party chairman I admire the fact he is willing to say what is on his mind and what I think is also on the minds of many Americans.