reply to post by whaaa
When I first voted, and I never missed voting even when I lived overseas, I first voted Republican. It was the party of Lincoln, and I admired that.
It was for a strong defense and pro-business, and I admired that. After the Carter Presidency, and the 70's. The whole damn decade depressed me. I
voted for Reagan twice, I didn't think he was the smartest man, but he had strong convictions, seemed very kind, never petty, never said "gotcha"!
whenever possible for political reasons. but most important? He made me feel good about being an American again, and I was not alone. My first job was
for the Feds, and as a young officer I was sometimes in a crowded room of not-so-happy people, and I was the only American and representative of the
whole U.S. Government. And every mothers son knew it. At 22, I had guts, and little smarts. Feeling good about my country was a survival tool. And a
Godsend. Mr Reagan, you have no idea how important that was and you have no idea how much I admired you for what you did, a belated Thank You from me,
and you will never know how much I needed that!
And now what in Gods name is your problem down there in Texas? I can't figure it out. I get down there all the time, I have a distributor down there.
Every time the people are always kind and considerate, and not just the people who work with me. And yet I leave and some transformation happens. I
have a degree in chemistry maybe its something in the air or water, but I doubt it. I also have a degree in history, were I think the answer may be.
You might have the dreaded and fatal "Stalin Disease."Aside from killing most of generals, bad idea even if they wanted to kill him, he rewrote
whole sections of scientific laws. Things like: "what happens when you drop something"? or what happens when something blows up"? Well things
started falling down and blowing up, a whole lot. Russia has always been very good in hard core science, specifically physics. It took them decades to
recover at incredible human, financial, environmental and spiritual cost. I want to hire Americans, I make a great effort to, its hard sometimes to
get US, but I won't stop. Why? OK, it may sound schmaltzy, but the truth is I'm an American, and I worry about our competitiveness every moment
because of a lack of skills in some disciplines.
I understand some people in Texas actually break out if someone mentions "evolution"? If you think it's only a theory? I don't recommend it but if
you get a nasty infection, and don't finish the full antibiotic course, there is an excellent chance a mutation will occur and the new bug, if we
have a worse case scenario, can become whats called "flesh eating bacteria" (Its a lot worse then it sounds) Some version of that happens, that is
evolution billions of times, every day, though usually less "obvious" all over the Earth.. It does not care what you believe in and unlike politics,
wouldn't think of discriminating. Go ahead and try. Why would this be in a post on politics? Maybe its the sickening abandonment of basic Republican
ideals, I believed in when they meant things like limited government, which did not mean NO Government. If ET lands on my lawn, I don't care if he
says he was invited I want THE WHOLE US GOVERNMENT AT MY HOUSE IN 5MN. It meant consenting adults could do, what the term means. As long as their
adults and no one dies, stay out of the dam bedroom. Any questions? You are making and a** out of your self, and yes you had that coming. Because its
your apparent almost pathological need to bring about a past that never was, could not change what actually happened by time travel, not to mention I
would not' trust anyone myself included with the keys. And if you do change "the past" to one you prefer? Guess what, that past was a train wreck
of injustice, illness, hunger. Even "the rich" had no plumbing, central heat, no personal communications, I suppose someone could always start their
barn on fire. And the cockroaches were big enough for license plates, but unless you could teach them to race, whats the point? Whats the goal? I
differ on a number of political issues in Texas, but I always thought of you as honest. And since I still do, and trust the people at my shop
implicitly. I'm missing something big, I want to know what. And I rarely miss much. Some kind of weird, Texas version of new-age-happy feelings
stuff? Oh please. ET's more likely to ask me if he can fly MY military jet trainer ultimate guy-toy because he say's its "way cool". Well, it is.