"I like Ike," she said.
"He's a General."
That made no sense to me at all. My next voting experience occured four years later. This time it was in my elementary school two blocks from home. One day there was a line of grown-ups leading out the door. I thought they were all in trouble with the Principle but my older brother said, "no. Their here to vote." This was the year of Kennedy and Nixon. Kennedy won of course.
During the next few years, every time Kennedy came on T.V. to give a speech my parents complained about him, though they were both in favor of civil rights. I was home with the flue the day Kennedy was assasinated. I ran into the kitchen expecting my mother to approve since she didn't like him, but she was appaled. The lesson here was tolerance. You may not like a President, or a Congressman, or any other elected offical. You have the right to complain. But if they are killed or die in their term, you are filled with shock and horror. I would have to say that 95% or more of American's feel this way about our leaders.
The turbulant 60's arrived. My older brother and sister where very vocal about politics. I sat quietly at the dinner table while they debated about one Presidential candate or another. Both my syblings had become Democrats though my mother remained a Republican. You can imagine how fierce these debates were. Still, it wasn't until after Nixon's watergate scandel that my mother switched parties. I registered as an independant in college because I didn't want anyone dictating who I should vote for.
Fast forward, and it really feels that way too, the years have flown by. After Bush I knew I'd never vote for another Republican. I then switched and became a Democrat. If a inept Democrat is ever elected I may become an Independant again. You never know. At this point, I am still angry with the Republicans. I recently read a post on Facebook that quoted a famous woman politican. The comment beneath was how true it was. Basically it said that all Democrats took foodstamps, medicaid and other government assistance and where lazy people. I have never benefited from any of those programs to date and I'm not lazy nor ignorant. I would never call my Republican friends lazy or ignorant. I'm an American, we are taught tolerance, some people need help and yes, some take advantage of the system, but don't call those who are needy names.
Okay, so once again I crossed the line a little. I hope you still like me cause I like you.
I think I'm out of fresh ideas for American Politics, so unless something occurs to me I won't be posting about it any more. If you're an American, be sure to vote.