What has me doing some hard solid thinking about this issue is a couple of local races. There was an AKA candidate forum held here about two weeks ago in which one of the Black Republican judges, Melanie Flowers, got huffy because the Democratic ones kept saying vote a straight Democratic ticket during all their presentations.
Because we have partisan election of judges here in Texas, we are subject to having these wild swings in which during the GOP waves of 2010 and 2014, we lost all the Democratic judges who had the misfortune of running that year, and in 2008, 2012 and 2016 the reverse happened to the Republicans.
Really? Hidalgo is a Stanford grad pursuing a joint degree in law and public policy.
It's even more problematic to me if you are a person of color who is a Republican
You signal to me as a trans person of color by being a Republican that you are okay with the gleefully executed persecution of all non-white people, the TBLGQ community and immigrants.
You signal to me that you are okay with white supremacy as long as it doesn't personally impact you, your wallet, or that you can stay blissfully not woke about how it affects non white Americans.
Well, these Trumpian times call for you 'good Republicans' to make a choice. If you don't want to get thrown out of office, and consider yourself a 'good person', the time has come for you to take a principled stand and switch parties.
Or you can stay and not only get swamped by the Blue tsunami that's coming, but lose your soul as well. The choice is yours
Republicans don't vote the person. They without question fall in line and vote for their party. If they were really all about 'voting the person and not the party', Hillary Clinton would be living with Bill in the White House family quarters right now, Alabama Republicans wouldn't have voted in massive numbers for that pedophile Roy Moore to be their US senator, and Texas Republicans wouldn't have voted for a three time indicted felon in Ken Paxton to be our state's attorney general.
So no, why should we Democrats not do the same thing in terms of unrelentingly supporting our candidates? Because the last few years should have taught us by now that you can't get liberal progressive policies from conservative politicians.
You also can't get justice from Republican judges who are making rulings in many cases based on concerns with fending off primary challenges from their bigot wing or getting GOP donors to back them for their next race.
If we want a liberal progressive policy agenda to be legislated into law, we must get control of our government back. The only way that is going to happen is if we elect Democratic candidates in every election cycle in sufficient numbers.
Republicans have made it clear they don't care about the person, they vote their party. It's past time that Democrats unapologetically do the same.