Informed Consent: Why I joined the Republican Party after 8 years of fighting with it

I’ve been an independent voter since I registered to vote and I’ve been proud of it. It has allowed me to sidestep the silly, stupid, damaging tribal identities that (I think) blind people to the efficacy or desirability of particular policies – forcing them instead to adopt whichever focus-grouped hashtag rallying cry their leaders slapped on a tweet. Earlier this year, I registered as a Republican to caucus against Trump and then immediately unregistered before Reince Priebus could sneak into my bedroom and try to sell my Ronald Reagan boxers…

About those angry white guys with guns in Oregon…

About those white guys with guns in Oregon (I hesitate to call a bunch of unemployed wannabes a “militia”): Absolutely, leading an armed takeover of a federal building is idiotic, illegal, and counterproductive. Absolutely, all these guys should be arrested, charged, prosecuted, and jailed. Absolutely, it is bizarre that black people get shot for holding cell phones or toy guns or even just looking like they might be holding something while white people can surround federal agents with armed men or take over federal property and be mostly ignored by…