Can I do it?
By AIMEE PATTON
Special to The Star
Can I live with myself if I do it?
Everybody is doing it. Surely, it cant be so bad.
Maybe if I do it, no one will ever know.
This is the debate going on inside my head as I deal with what I call Krazy in Kansas.
In case you have been living under a rock, Kansas continues to set the standards for living in the dark ages. The House passed HB2453 this week allowing businesses and others to deny service to homosexuals on religious grounds. The latest news is that the Senate wont advance the bill as it is written.
However, this is just one of the many examples of the extremist legislation that comes from Topeka. It seems like day after day there is another bill from Republicans lawmakers who have a stronghold there. I am at a loss to figure out how to make it stop.
In response to HB2453, a politically savvy friend of mine, one whom I really respect, posted this on Facebook:
3 Hard Truths
1. Math: The ksleg DOES represent KS. Those Kansans who vote in August. Dont like whats going on, mad theyre not listening? Why would they, by-and-large, you dont vote when it matters August. Its not about politics but basic math.
2. Get over it: You wanna vote in August, where MOST races are decided? The only way to exercise your RIGHT to vote in August is to register Republican.
I know youre disgruntled & embarrassed, changed to unaffiliated as a statement, Ive heard it all. To quote Dr. Phil: Hows that workin out for ya?
3. Form: All Im saying is you dont have to put a Santorum sticker on your car (:!) but your RIGHT to vote relies on this form. www.kdor.org/voterregistration/
(Steps off soapbox)
If youve read me before, you know I am a hard-core Democrat. Some would even categorize me as a flaming liberal. Ive never voted Republican. Its not that I dislike Republicans. Some of my best friends are Republicans. But the Republican philosophy goes against so many things I really believe in.
After reading my friends list above, the second item hit home.
I dont know how to help stop extremism in Kansas. I sign petitions to protest bills I dont agree with. I like the right Facebook pages. The honest truth is none of these things ever really impacts change.
The answer is I need to file in Kansas as a Republican if Im going to vote in the primaries. Voting in the primaries usually means deciding between the moderate Republicans versus the extreme Republicans. That is when most of Kansas elections are truly decided. Not registering as a Republicans, means that I rarely participate in the Kansas political process. That means my vote barely ever counts.
So is it time I bite the bullet and register as a Republican? Surely, the voting office will laugh themselves silly when I change parties. Aimee Patton, a Republican? Seriously? Has hell frozen over?
Will I lend my voice to the moderate Republicans and help them win? Do I play the game knowing full well that Im not a Republican?
What will I decide? What are your thoughts? Should I jump parties? Could you do it?
Desperate for Change in Kansas