Where do I begin? I’ve been interested in politics for as long as I can remember. When I was a child (spoiler alert: I’m going to date myself) my grandmother made me watch the Nixon resignation and the Ford inauguration.
In 1976, I went with a youth group to meet Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. We, the kids, were taken to a small room where each of us asked the future President Carter a question. I’d give anything to remember what I asked – unless I tucked it away to avoid a lifetime of humiliation. (Knowing me, it was probably a very dumb and inappropriate question. Sorry Mr. President.)
My senior paper was about the 1980 presidential primaries and I proudly voted for the first time in the 1980 November election.
Flash forward ahead nearly 30 years. Good grief. That many?
I still am interested in politics. I still have my opinions. It may be tough to pin me down to a party by the issues.
Being mostly a Democrat, Republicans will find it shocking to find common ground on many issues.
I don’t like spin. I don’t like lies. I don’t like inconsistency. I really detest hypocrisy.
I am fine if you believed something in 1990 and your point of view changed as long as you’re honest about it. I can rattle off dozens of things where my perspective has changed over the last 20 years. But changing your point of view to pander, I can not handle.
I also take issue with the corporate influence in politics today especially when it comes at the expense of Americans. It seems legislation can not pass through Congress without major corporate dollars behind it. Look at so-called healthcare reform and the bankruptcy bill as examples.
Sometimes I mock. I can’t help it. I see something that is just begging to be made fun of and I can’t control myself.
I have a teenage son who, thanks to me, has the political bug. He’s on the high school newspaper and loves watching political shows with me. Poor boy.
He has been writing numerous political items in his school paper and don’t let him overhear you talking about politics – he will chime in.
My daughter is now away in college and really doesn’t care much for politics. That was why I was surprised that she wanted to discuss the 2008 presidential election last year. Her biggest disappointment was that she was not quite old enough to vote.
She also took a couple of law classes during her senior year and just loved it. She was incredible in her mock trial and she aced her constitutional law class. I’ll bet she now knows more about the U.S. Constitution than many of our representatives in Washington. J
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When I started this blog page, I had more time available to research and write. Thanks to the state of the economy I was informed that my job was going to be eliminated some time during 2009 so I moved to a new, more time-consuming job rather than have to look for a new job. Typically, I also had to carry over many of my old job responsibilities to my new job so I found myself working around 60 hours per week.
My goal is to post at least 3 items per week. I’d love to post something daily but at least for the time being, I don’t see how that is possible. Family, work and home are my top 3 priorities and writing for my blog unfortunately slides a little.
I have also started up on Twitter. This is turning out to be fun as well. I follow people from both sides of the aisle, comedians, television shows and music groups. I also enjoy figuring out how to state my point in 140 characters or less.
You may also notice that I now have my own domain name. You can now find me on http://my2bucks.com.
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