Back in Kodiak, in a flurry of snow and activity

And what a beautiful island it is. I love being surrounded by ocean, mountains, and trees.

Tamie and I have tried the ‘ole hit-the-ground-running strategy. So, yesterday (our first full day) found me running errands of all kinds. It was a day of proud achievements and accomplishments. I went to the DMV with about the necessary 3,000 or so documents required to get an Alaska Driver’s License (social security card, prior license, passport, pieces of mail, and a DNA-verifiable specimen from Big Foot). Seriously, some of this must qualify as “excessive documentation.” But I am a proud new owner of an Alaska Driver’s License, and for some reason this brings me great joy, along with the next phase of realizing, “Oh, yeah. I really do live in Alaska and not in Indiana anymore.”

Following the DL experience (did I mention it also included a written test?), I went to the local credit union to open an account. Walking back to the apartment, I though, “let’s complete the trifecta and acquire the library card.”

I might take this time to mention that my family had a fairly heated but good-natured debate about health care. I am in favor of universal health care, as well as eliminating the profit-incentive of the private sector. Basically, I think that everyone should be taken care of and health care should not be a way for corporations, insurance companies, CEO’s, or anyone else to get filthy rich. My brother is adamantly against governmental involvement in health care. His point, which I think is a good one, is that the government will merely do medicine the same way that medicine has always been done: by pills and machines. My brother’s point is that we need more alternatives to conventional medicine. I agree. However, I think that at the current time, we need to make a commitment to eliminating the greed factor and do the right thing for our nation: take care of the health needs of all of our people.

While I am on the political soap box, I will mention that I registered to vote while at the DMV. Picking my political party affiliation was a tricky one. My beliefs align very closely with the ideology of The Green Party. The Greens are a far left party, but they differ significantly from Democrats. The primary difference is that Democrats tend to focus on bringing universal equality and stability to all in a top-down approach, using legislation to ensure that minority groups (including the environment) are taken care of. The Green Party is more extreme, believing in locally-based economies and wishing to eliminate the power of corporations. Most Democrats, like Republicans, are paid for with corporate money. So, in reality, both Democrats and Republicans believe that it is important to maintain a hierarchy of power, with power centralized within government and the corporate world.

Well, that’s enough political theory for now. My dilemma was this: if I choose the Green Party as my party affiliation, then I could not vote in the Democratic primary. I mean, realistically, there probably will never actually be a Green Party candidate in Kodiak. =) Registering as a Democrat is the more politically realistic move.

So, what do you think I did? Did I register as Democrat, the pragmatic move? Or did I go with my ideals? I had to make the decision in a matter of a few minutes.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

One thought on “Back in Kodiak, in a flurry of snow and activity”

  1. Too much legislation surrounding a driver’s license you say?

    If Dems cater to corporations then there is no point in who the candidate is, right?


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