How Did This Happen? Lies – Left and Right, A Story of Disillusionment
Earl Griffin, Contributor
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I’ve had it.
When I was a young adult, I lived in a yellow dog county in East Texas where you had to register Democrat if you wanted to vote in the primaries – because in those days there were no Republicans running. It was a massive, one party, political machine.
Eventually, I moved away and with a sense of glee I went to the courthouse and registered Republican. I was convinced, in those heady days of my youth, that the Republican party was the party of fiscal conservatism and personal liberty.
I knew in my heart that if I didn’t vote the “right” way, that losing the 2nd and 4th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution was an inescapable inevitability.
I remember when talk radio was just getting started. I tuned in and listened close. I was enchanted by the idea that, finally, the truth could now be let loose and freedom would win out over the tyranny of the left.
In 1994 I was awash with palpable excitement at the idea that we would, “vote the bums out.” Joy! I still recall driving my old cream colored, Chevrolet Caprice Classic, upholstered in velour – oh velour… I drove it to the little church near the school and the single country store in our happy community where I would cast my vote. I knew it would be historic. Inside the little white church the wooden floor creaked as I shifted, nervously, from one foot to the other while I waited for my turn in the voting booth. I marked my ballot with a pen in privacy then emerged with pride and hope knowing as I did that my party would win. The good guys would win and fix all the bad stuff they’d been railing against for so long.
Social Security. Medicare. Welfare. The Trade Deficit. The Budget Deficit. We would finally get to fix all these awful problems and our country would be safe from run-away spending and the awful taxation imposed by the incumbent party.
I remember laughing aloud as I watched the MSM trying to come to terms with the way things were after the election.
The budget was balanced. Surplus monies were had!
Or so they said. The deficit never actually fell…