Tuesday I finally got around to re-registering to vote so that I could be on the Republican rolls and support Ron Paul at the February 5th California primary. It’s a good thing I did, too, as on Thursday I received a card from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters informing me that-
You are registered as a Nonpartisan or Decline to State voter for the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election. The American Independent and Democratic parties have agreed to allow non-affiliated voters to voter their parties ballot for this election only. If you want to vote American Independent or as a Democrat, please indicate only one political party preference by completing, signing, and returning the attatched postcard no later than December 21, 2007. Your Vote by Mail ballot will be mailed to you beginning the week of January 7, 2008. For more information call (408)299-VOTE  or (866)430-VOTE , 1-800-345-VOTE .
In other words, the California Democratic Party and the California American Independent Party are both open to any any and all voters having a say in who their 2008 Presidential candidate is, but the California Republican Party have closed their doors to anyone who isn’t a registered Republican. What, exactly, are they afraid of? That the people may actually have some influence over the future of their country instead of leaving all of the ‘imporatant’ decisions to the politicos and corporate interests? Or maybe it’s just that they know Ron Paul is inspiring a lot of independents and third-party voters to get involved for the first time. People who don’t regularly vote tend not to understand all the hoops required in voting in a primary. Several possible Ron Paul supporters I’ve talked to (including X) didn’t even understand what a Primary Election was. It’s our job as informed Freedom lovers not only to share the hope of Ron Paul with these people, but to guide them through the labyrinthine obstacles the powers that be have laid out to prevent them from supporting a candidate who truly understands freedom.