By David Todd McCarty | November 4, 2017
I’ve been a fan of Al Franken for some years now, but no more so since he ran for Congress and won. I still can’t believe he took the job sometimes. He says it’s never been as fun as working at SNL, but he claims it’s still the best job he’s ever had. That’s public service for you.
For many years I was basically an independent even though I was a registered Republican. A decade or so ago I finally made peace with the fact that I was a screaming liberal and today I’m a full blown Democrat. I always thought the terms liberal, leftist, progressive and Democrat were sort of interchangeable, with the exception that Democrat was actually a party affiliation, and not an ideology. Now it seems that liberal, progressive and Democrat all mean different things to people.
I’m a liberal, in the best sense of the word; a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties. I don’t know how you can say you’re not for those things and live in America.
But recently I decided to become a Democrat. I’ve been registered as a Democrat since 2000, but I mean I actually decided to become part of the party, not just choose to vote in their primaries. I did this because I believe that there are real problems with the party, and the only way to change them is get involved and be one of the people making the decisions. Also, I’d vote for anyone other than a Republican. I don’t care what level of government. If you feel comfortable calling yourself a Republican, I don’t feel comfortable with your view of humanity as a whole.