First, thank you all who read my post Immoral Dilemma and offered words of comfort, advice and all manner of expressions that showed that my bloggin’ buddies really get me!
To anybody who didn’t read that or click on the link: On Saturday, a GOP primary was held to choose the GOP’s candidate in my congressional district. I detest the front-runner (I’ll show you why later on in this post). Virginia primaries are open primaries — regardless of how you register, you can vote in either side’s primary. However, this time, if you voted, you were required to swear an oath to support the GOP candidate in November. My question was basically is swearing an oath, an illegitimate, possibly illegal, unethical oath binding? Could I just go and vote and swear the oath and do as I pleased in November? Could I go there intending to lie, even if I felt it was for an important goal.
Comments were on both sides of the question — and if you look at my answers to them, you will see that I went back and forth with each one. Apparently, I sway with the gentlest of breezes. Thank you all. Truly. Did I say that? Yeah. Well, thanks again.
I tossed and turned Saturday night, and did a lot of soul-searching for most of the day. I read and considered everybody’s comments and realized that both sides were right, which is why I was having such a hard time. But then just as I had to really make my decision, I read Mae’s (of Maesprose) comment:
Do what you feel is right but when you call someone a liar or not truthful – like the Republican party – remember, what you hate may become your own definition. Just sayin.
And I realized that she summed up (at the 11th hour as it were) just what I thought. I’m not a liar. And I don’t want to take on the characteristics of the GOP that I find so disgusting. So, while on a long, thoughtful walk, I decided against going.
When I got home, though, I found that I had a little elf at home who was helping me. My husband John had learned that, while they were calling it a “primary” it was really more of a “straw poll” — there were about 6 places around the district (which is huge) where Republicans were meeting in a large room where they would vote — no voting booths, no anonymity, no semblance of a real primary. Names and registration were taken.
I would have been turned away at the door.
So in fact, the decision was made for me. But I wouldn’t have gone — as much as I loved how Val of QBG Tilted Tiara suggested I look at it:
You do know acting like the enemy is nothing more than ‘going undercover’. Perfectly acceptable during wartime.
Predictably, the candidate I most feared won. Barbara Comstock. She is currently in the VA House of Delegates, where she has voted consistently against women’s interests, and bizarrely, against spending funds for transportation here in NOVa. She worked as an opposition researcher for decades. In fact, was one of the main people working on Travelgate and other Clinton-era scandals. She is a pit bull. If she ends up in Congress, she will make Daryl Issa look like an amateur. She is a nasty piece of work. And this district is so heavily gerrymandered, that she will be there for the rest of her life.
So it looks like I will be busy in the fall.
Thanks again to everybody who offered opinions, options, words of comfort. You guys are the best. Can I come and live in your political district?????