You've got to love it when a politician comes up with a new word for people to use.
I recently read an interview with Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, in which Bell called himself a "Demopublican."
I'm not familiar with the term, but given the context in which it was used in the interview, I assume the chairman is talking about being a Democrat who is not afraid to reach across the figurative political aisle to Republicans, to get things accomplished.
Either that, or he was talking about someone who sits squarely in the middle-of-the-road, and agrees with some items from both parties.
I want to be like that (the latter), except I want to call myself a "Republicrat."
As a senior in college, the editor of the student newspaper (a self-proclaimed Socialist, and my boss at the time) often referred to me as the most liberal Republican he had ever met.
He liked to say this because I called myself a Republican. I was even a former recruitment coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi's chapter of the College Republicans -- but to my editor, I walked and talked like a Democrat.
Coming from someone who had an extremely loose definition of what constituted Socialism (He supported Bush in 2004, and has since converted to become a mission-going Mormon), it was a compliment.
At least I think it was. Then again, I and other members of the editorial staff had to argue with him on one occasion about how to spell the word "Bumpy" for a headline.
So I am a Republican who doesn't push the Pro-Life thing too hard. I also think divorce-crazed heterosexuals who condone celebrities getting married in matching thongs and sweats suits are the last people to dictate who should and should not be allowed to get married. I say it's perfectly OK to have a gun rack in your E-Z Bake Truck Oven, and teenagers who have sex before college are skanks.
What thoroughly modern middle-of-the-road Republican doesn't think that way?
We live in this world where you must be either a racist Republican or a tree-hugging Democrat. When I was an officer for the College Republicans at USM, a reporter asked if I cared to respond to a claim by an officer from the school's Young Democrats chapter, where the gentleman announced: "I'm not saying all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans."
I politely declined to comment, because there was a high risk that any comment I would have given might have been laced with a lot of profanity, therefore making it unfit for publication, anyway. Let's just say there was a lot of irony in this Democrat stereotyping a group of people while criticizing them for stereotyping other groups of people.
Partisan politics has no place in America. In case you need a reason why it has no place in this country, look at how useless Congress has gradually become over the last 13 years because of all the partisan fighting. It's no longer about helping your constituents. It's just about making the other party look bad.
The only masters congressmen and women serve are the party bosses.
I say we should welcome the Demopublicans and Republicrats into the political arena. Maybe they can fix what partisan politics screwed up.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.