Valerie and I decided to stay home and watch the debates last night. Man, what a good excuse to get drunk! It’s funny how perceptions differ among folks. Your candidate always seems to come out ahead. I started thinking about my political experiences through the years.
I remember Nixon being sick during his debate with Kennedy. He refused makeup. Everyone watching on TV thought his sweating made him look untrustworthy. I read the radio audience thought he won the debate.
My first memory of TV was Ike’s bald head filling our little screen. I like to think it was the famous “Military Industrial Complex” speech. You could almost forgive him for
The next thing I remember on TV was John John saluting six white horses pulling his dad’s flag draped coffin down
I grew up hating Johnson for
Nixon was always a crook. My mom was a lefty from way back. My dad voted for Nixon. He would later admit he’d made a mistake.
Dominic was still living in
By the 1976 elections they changed the voting age and I was able to. I was convinced the youth of
I voted for Eugene McCarthy. He was the first Libertarian candidate, I believe. The Libertarians hadn’t drifted to the right yet. Our band played at a fund raiser for him. It was our first show as Earwacks. It was at the “Peanut Pool”. Any
Carter won that year. Tracey and I went down to the riverfront to see him. They played West Side Story. I found out that was his favorite music. He won me over immediately. Jimmy kept saying, “I wantcha all to hep me now, hep me now!” He had that great
Needless to say when I voted for him the next time around he lost. My vote had become the kiss of death. I didn’t vote for a winner until
I can’t even begin to go into all the damage Reagan did that we still suffer through.
Bush was former director of the C.I.A. which made him a criminal in my mind.
I wasn’t exactly happy with
My cynicism is greater than ever. Don’t forget to check out my political blog. I will try to keep politics out of this one in the future.
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