Why I Pick on Republicans

Monday, January 3, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Laurence M. Vance

So, the Republicans are back in control of the Congress again. Ho-hum. Time to start writing about the Republicans again.

I haven’t always picked on Republicans. In fact, I used to be one, faithfully voting for all the Republicans on the ballot to keep those evil Democrats out of office. As a conservative who had never been exposed to libertarianism, I was a Republican by default. Oh, the political ignorance of youth!

I remember taking a political survey in seventh or eighth grade in which I scored, I think, an 8 out of 10, with 1 being extreme liberal and 10 being extreme conservative. Obviously, it wasn’t the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. I suppose it was on the basis of that survey that I considered myself a conservative. I don’t remember any political discussions at home growing up.

The first election in which I was old enough to vote was in 1980, but I don’t remember voting or even being registered until perhaps the 1982 midterm elections. Even so, I really don’t remember in which election years I voted and in which ones I didn’t. I think the last time I voted as a frustrated, libertarian-leaning conservative and still somewhat ignorant Republican was for Bush the elder against Clinton in 1992. I didn’t care much for Bush, but he was a Republican and Clinton was a Democrat.

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