My life was not always political. Before I was old enough to care, I considered myself an apolitical person. Then 9/11 happened. As I looked out at the smoke filling the air from Washington Rock in Jersey, something changed. It wasn’t sudden, but the change grew.
I became very political. I started to listen to the talking heads on the radio. Rush, Sean, etc. Without realizing it, I started to become a puppet. President Bush became a hero of mine. The man could do no harm. I spent plenty of energy debating in defense of him especially throughout the 2004 election.
I started reading pro-Bush sites, and pro-war sites to the point that it became a habit. A bad habit. This was becoming a sickness.
Now, I am definitely a conservative person. And that is the problem. I started to realize that everything that today’s Republican party stands for is contrary to what it used to stand for. Conservatives historically do not like war. That is a liberal thing. Conservatives build up the military, they do not deplete it. We certainly don’t create a deficit so monstrous and out of control we have to devalue the dollar!
I began to realize that I am not a republican. I am a libertarian. I still think abortion is wrong and should be illegal. Abortion is not a political issue, but a rights issue. Any living human has a right to have a chance at life. Even the republican party has gone soft on that.
In some ways, I am still overcoming my mental disorder of being a republican the last few years. I no longer use the excuse of voting for the lesser of two evils, because I am now convinced that both parties are so evil that it is beyond measure.
I’m voting for Ron Paul. Despite what Rudy thinks of him, Ron Paul has a clear head on his shoulders. He deserves a fair chance to debate his goals and objectives. McCain and the rest of the bunch have had their chance.