My Dad’s Republican Party

A question from my wife prompted some reflection last week. It has been something that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time, the part of my mind I don’t often go to because it still has the power to make me sad. Even though we were on completely different sides of the political spectrum, my dad and I would often have lively discussions about the political theme of the day, mostly prompted by my parents near constant listening of Fox News Radio or my dad’s viewing of Fox News.

My father was a good, hardworking, card-carrying member of the Republican Party. He went caucused when appropriate. He met Orrin Hatch and got a fancy picture with him. He even briefly flirted with running for the statehouse prior to landing his job at the post office. Ronald Reagan was the man, the near saint that many Republicans of my father’s generation hold in high esteem. If their was a Republican policy point, my dad usually fell right in line, though during the George W. Bush years, he may have voted Libertarian on at least one occasion. Continue reading “My Dad’s Republican Party”

Can’t Change My Mind So Stop Trying

I am temporarily lifting my self-imposed moratorium on discussing politics. The reason for this is twofold: one, I already voted, so now all I’m doing is waiting for the actual election day for all my losers to be announced.* Second, though I have stated it multiple times, I still have conservative friends that think if my situation changes I will magically become a Republican. This is patently not true, and failing a complete collapse of the ideals of the current Democratic Party, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

*Not that I didn’t vote for some winners. I still think President Obama will win the presidential election, though my vote in Utah isn’t going to help him because Romney will win this state by a ridiculous margin. I also think a could of the local elections I voted in will win, but it really is hard to predict Democrats winning anything around here. Continue reading “Can’t Change My Mind So Stop Trying”