As a relatively new voter, I do not have a preference for any political party. I am an NPP (No Party Preference). Even though I recognize the good in both Republicans and Democrats, I am bored with their constant fighting and I am not attracted enough to be part of either one of them. Since I was not born in this country I now call home, I have not years of experience witnessing history, memories to call upon, much less traditions to follow. I find it annoying that some people do not engage with people from the “other party.”
Most importantly, I am not impressed but either the donkey or the elephant. The remaining political parties, as underdogs seem weak and almost invisible, although when I look closer at their causes and the people involved, I see integrity.
Yet, I respect the voting process and take pride on going to the polls and casting my vote. But I do not get to feel the passion. Someone at a coffee shop in Mill Valley the other day, said to me “But people need to stand up for something.” I do. I stand up for many things. I have and I will. But not for the so-called values of a political party. Not until I see a higher level of compassion in the Republican party and for the Democrat party to authentically stand up on behalf of the most blamed and negatively stereotyped population segment: undocumented immigrants.
And, like Forest Gump said, that is all I have to say for now.