Like some of you, I’ve run up considerable mileage on this old body; been around for awhile. I’ve seen and participated in more than several presidential campaigns & elections. My poorly functioning memory tells me my first such vote was for the reelection of Mr. Nixon, with his poorly titled Committee to Re Elect the President, CREEP. Talk about a wasted vote, first guy I punch the ballot for ends up resigning…
Having said that, honestly the only times I voted for a President with a clear conscience, without doubts (or clothespins) were the two ballots I cast for Mr. Reagan. (For you wise-guys, it was 2 separate elections; I wasn’t in Chicago at the time!) At the very least, those were the two elections where I had neither doubts before nor regrets afterwards.
For me, primary time always sucks. We’re often confronted with a range of choices that require research, questioning and discussion. Even then, none of us is able to exert any real control over the final outcome, the candidate who will win top spot on the ballot next November. Just one vote in the primary, sadly often too late to really matter in the final outcome.
The beauty of our system is that once each of us decides, we’re free to push as hard, and in as many ways and directions, for our choice, so long as we stay inside of the ever-changing legal requirements. Constrained a bit we are, unlike the Enemy© whose names I needn’t mention.
Remembering back once again, I’m pretty sure that every four, and certainly every eight years I’m advised that this election is unlike any other, that the very fate of the Republic hangs on who wins the Presidency. I have to say that after a while, it begins to sound like so much hoo-ha. To paraphrase the uber-genius Ezra Klein, our Country’s kind of old, been around for like 100 years or something. It challenges credulity to think we approach the precipice of existence every 4 or 8 years and have dodged the bullet for as long as we have.
Change doesn’t happen overnight; Dear Leader’s administration was years, even decades, in the making. Our chore is to keep finding and electing, as best we can, constitutional conservatives to public office. I happen to agree with ColdWarrior that the way to DO something useful is to get inside the Republican Party and be who we are. Things will get fixed over time, too many of us are wide awake once again. Oh yes, and let’s lay off this ‘my dead cat can beat Obama’ nonsense; confidence is one thing; overweening overconfidence will be the ruin of us all! Cheers!
A good reminder, mriggio. Thanks. (Lady P – Ed)