The first time I "left" the party I voted GWB over Gore. As bad as GW was, he was still better than Gore in my opinion. I wouldn't piss in Al Gore's
ear if his head was on fire.
I was young and still pissed off about big government's hilarious attack on "heavy rock" and "obscenity" in music. To (mis)quote the cigarette smoking
man in The X-Files, "As long as I am alive, no Gore will ever be president."
After that, I voted "strategically." A little D here, a little R there. I kept my head down and paid attention to local campaigns more, or raising two
great kids while struggling with a suicidally depressed wife who suffered from spinal injuries she got on the job. I stuck my head up for Obama
because I thought it would be cool to elect a black American to the nation's highest office. I think a lot of people felt that way. It didn't hurt
that his opponent was total FN clown-shoes.
I'm not all-in for a lot of the GOP's talking points and never have been. I like sleazy glam rock and punk, especially the highly original stuff that
veers off in its own direction and doesn't stick to the "revival" formula so many classic rock punks get into when they turn 30. I rate unusually high
on the "openness to new experiences" scale, which often gets me into trouble with my right-wing "friends" if I talk too much.
I voted for Hillary under protest. My entire social circle at the time was fairly centrist libs who thought they were radicals. I had a grand total
of one interaction with Trump or his brand in 40-something years and that was when he made a video trying to sell me on an MLM videophone. I heard
about (but never watched) his show. He often sounds like a complete dipstick when he talks (I later came to view this as one of his many
Over the past two years, I've been through stuff. I won't get into it because nobody cares but there it is. It was during this time that I started
paying attention to the media's portrayal of the Trump presidency. I noticed a pattern of behavior where (so-called) "journalists" would nakedly push
a corporate DNC agenda. I watched in horror as most abandoned the basics of the Society of Professional Journalism's "code of ethics." They don't even
contact ALL living sources before publishing another party's "opinion" on that source, and it is appalling. The cable news is the worst, obviously,
but the NY Times is in the tank and the Washington Post is an Amazon.com finger-puppet. I am honestly ashamed that I ever earned a degree in
Journalism at this point.
As I began to speak out about this, my friend group evaporated. I still have a lot of great friends from childhood and my 20's but most of my later
friends bailed when I told them that the continuous investigations and impeachment were solidifying the oppositions "lead" with regular people who
don't tell other people what to think for a living.
My GF has stuck by me and she's a keeper. My son has my back and he is smarter than most of us (and dumber too. You 50+ dudes will know what I'm
saying). He likes Trump. Our portfolio likes Trump.
I've warmed up to him considerably. He keeps his word. Often in strange/warped ways but the intention feels right. I believe he genuinely wants to
make my country "great" and I don't believe Mayor Pete or Joe Biden cares about that at all. I just want to put my head back down and play D&D with my
kids. On the other hand, I'd love to see a true battle of ideology this fall around all of the issues our media are terrified to question themselves.
Why is it a far safer bet to loan the coast of your tuition to someone else than it is to earn any degree? Why do we teach people that hard work is
how you better yourself when putting money to work for you and being aggressive with your "risk" is always better, financially?
Why do we, as a nation, pay more than twice the first-world average, per capita, for our healthcare, and people with good insurance need "GoFundMe" to
cover their expenses as they die from cancer?
How is it ok for a billionaire with his own propaganda channel to buy his way onto a first-party ticket in a presidential election?
That's why I am not a democrat. Or a republican. Give me something better than President Trump and I'll vote for them.
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