Urban Dictionary is hilariously venerated by a culture that rarely uses the word venerated, but is nonetheless useful when defining phrases like ‘partisan hack’:
“Someone who cares more about supporting a particular party or ideology than supporting what is morally right, or factually true.”
Huh. What a strange and totally foreign concept.
(Heavy sarcasm: noted.)
One of the key reasons why people tend to avoid politics like the plague is because most politicos default to being partisan hacks. It’s an easy trap to fall into, hard thing to avoid.
Even though it might be harder, refusing to be a partisan hack is SO much more fun.
I’m a philosophical conservatarian. Thus, the candidates I most closely identify with are usually registered Republicans and Libertarians. Yet, even though I vote for people who identify with those two parties, I refuse to become wrapped up in and identified by those parties myself.
I avoid partisanship because:
- Refusing to be a partisan hack gives me a tremendous amount of freedom to criticize the parties where they go wrong.
- Refusing to be a partisan hack helps me avoid being lumped into a category I don’t fully belong in.
- Refusing to be a partisan hack allows me to be a think with reason, not just down party lines.
- Refusing to be a partisan hack means that I can seek better policy change, not just changes that fit my party platform.
- Refusing to be a partisan hack means I ‘owe’ my vote to NO ONE. They have to earn it.
- Refusing to be a partisan hack allows me to disassociate with people partisanship would connect me with, like Trump.
It might cost me jobs. It might cost me support. It might cost me connections. But, you know what refusing to be a partisan hack ultimately earns me?
The ability to think freely and have fun.
That sounds like the better deal.