A bill under consideration in Salem and scheduled for a hearing this afternoon, HB 2442, would prohibit the use of the word “independent” in the name of any political party. The sponsors of this little bit of nonsense seem to have gone to the “Alice in Wonderland Institute of Politics,” where they teach you to change reality by changing what things are called.
Or perhaps they learned how to neutralize their opponents at the Joe Stalin Graduate School of Political Maneuvering. Don’t like what the party does? Just ban its name.
The sponsors didn’t even put their name on the thing. It was introduced by a committee. Whoever did sponsor it — his spokesman says it was not Democratic leader Dave Hunt — evidently was unhappy with the maneuvering last year when lots of Democratic and Republican candidates also competed in the Independent Party’s online primary to win an apparently coveted “Independent” label next to their names on the ballot.
The online primary was an interesting novelty, but confusing? Hardly. How stupid do legislators think Oregon voters are?
Apr 14, 2011
From the Democrat Herald: