Your humble correspondent admits to having been a Democrat for most of my life. I blame this on JFK’s charisma and Jackie’s loveliness. Going on 10 years old I vividly remember seeing them (and shaking Jackie’s hand!) at the ambassador’s reception during the 1962 visit to Mexico. To my young mind he seemed like a god,, radiating some kind of power, and she a demure and graceful beauty; I was captivated. that captivity was sealed by his brutal death 18 months later.
I remained a captive until the 9/11 attack.
My political awakening began on that terrible morning, as it did for millions of Americans. I knew what had happened, but it was in investigating the why of it, and the subsequent fallout, that my eyes began to open. The more I found out the greater the horror, the greater the rage. America had been made blind and stupid and helpless not by the good intentions of the feckless but by the malice of the corrupt. It was, and remains, one hell of a wake up call.
I formally left the Democratic Party during the run up to the 2004 election. Two things pushed me over the edge. The more proximate cause was Barbara Boxer’s re-election campaign. The one thing, the ONLY thing I saw over and over was she promised to preserve a woman’s right to abortion . I despise abortion, so that was bad enough, but she didn’t have anything else, just that. As much as Boxer disgusted me, the other reason was even more infuriating.
For a few brief weeks after 9/11 America unified in the face of the attack and the ongoing threat. Almost as tragically as the attack itself, that unity did not last. Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, which the Democrats had supported, the turned against the war en masse, in perfect lock-step. This was a replay of the 1974 Democratic Congress which refused to honor American treaty obligations to the Republic of South Vietnam by refusing to allocate the funds that would allow them to defeat the North’s aggression. The horrific consequences of that 1974 betrayal were plain, as would be the consequences of the 2003 betrayal.
It was clear to me that the Democratic Party was the party of treason. It still is.
With a view to understanding the roots of that, and exploring practical remedies the Republican Club of the Foothills is pleased to invite you to attend:
Featuring John Oliphant speaking on “Draining the Swamp pt. 2.”
Where: NOTE CHANGE OF DAY & VENUE!
Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering
Cost: $25/person for members; $30/non-members & non-RSVP; Students, auditors $5
RSVP: email@example.com or 818-248-4600
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday September 13th
Don’t forget to show up and have a great time!