Saturday, November 11, 2006

Congrats to independent voters!

I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate independent voters and activists throughout the country on our becoming a major force in American politics. Even a few months ago we were struggling to "keep going" and to bring out a strong independent voice for anti-partisan voters who refuse to be pigeon-holed in a bi-partisan culture.

We're changers. We talk to everyone we know. We have even begun a small but active independent blogging community of independent voices who are diverse, open, inclusive and speaking out. From Indie Castle to Inside Zebster to Central Sanity, Throw the Rascals Out, V.O.I.D., Independent Texans, Independent Voice in California, the new national, WatchBlog's third column, and Austin Cassidy's Third Party Watch, and Hammer of Truth, we're developing a unique position in American history.

Keep up the great work! -NH


Anonymous said...

Congrats are in order to you, as well. The more time I spend reading the online voices of Independents, the more I track back to your blog. I can't speak for others, but for me, The Hankster has become the Web equivalent of a Northern Star. Thank you for the service you have done, and continue to do, for this community.

Gwenmand said...

I agree with you that independents accomplished alot this election and we are growing! And "congratulations" is certainly in order.

Just a slight difference, though.
I don't think it's wise to measure independents' strength by virtue of how the Dems and Republicans choose to use us and see us. We have been becoming a major force for some time, largely due to the increase in independents and our efforts at the grassroots. Independents made the issue of America’s policy in Iraq into a national concern, and the Democrats gained off of that. Are independents currently a "hot commodity," as Jackie Salit puts it? Yes, we are, but the notion that before we were "struggling to keep going" and now we are a "major force" seems misleading about how the building process works. Continuing to build independents' political clout is still on the agenda.

N. Hanks said...

Thanks, Gwen - your point is well taken! -Nancy