How I came to be a Republican
I was born in of Shreveport, LA. in 1953.
When I was 6 months old my parents moved to Odessa, Texas and the mold was set, I have been a Texan, at least in my heart and mind, for all of my life, and as the saying goes; Texas is a State of Mind.
I have lived in Texas, uninterrupted, for the last 32 years and the good Lord willing I am planning to live out the rest of my life in Texas.
My folks got into the oilfield business in early 1954 and as is so common in the business, we were all over Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana when I was a child. If you worked in the oilfield you went where the work was, but Texas is, and always will be my first love and my home.
When we weren’t living in Texas I was being raised in the South during the 50′s, 60′s and early 70′s and that political setting was a huge factor in the development of my political, moral, ethical and racial views.
In the South, in the days of my youth, you were a By God Democrat and you had no use for that bunch of *crooks* of the Republican Party.
You didn’t listen to any of that guff from Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R) when he tried to tell the American public that the Democratic Party and the U.S. government were seriously infiltrated by Communists and far Left Liberals.
I have vivid memories of Mississippi in the late 1950’s and all of the happenings that were going on at the time. A lot of ignorant people were doing some seriously nasty things in the name of *purity* and the Democratic Party was at the heart of most of it.
I remember the assassination of JFK. I remember my mother reacting as if a member of the family had been killed. I KNOW that Kennedy was a Democrat but to my mother he was exactly what America needed; a young, White, Catholic Democrat that had some brilliant ideas, at least that was her thoughts.
I also know that by the standards of today’s political atmosphere, John F. Kennedy would be considered as a moderate Conservative.
I have terribly clear memories of LBJ and his brand of *closet racism*, although it was not really that well hidden.
The media just didn’t broadcast things like that back in the 1960’s, and they knew, but never said a word about the wild lives that the Kennedy brothers were living.
I was in high school when Richard Nixon was elected President and he was the first GOP President I had any real thoughts about or memories of, I was too young and not at all politically motivated when Eisenhower was in the White House.
We suffered through Caspar Milquetoast, aka Gerald Ford, we survived Jimmy Carter as we all prayed that something better would come along. To be quite honest with you, Carter was a walking disaster and most of America felt that he was the worst POTUS to ever hold office. He managed to keep that title for quite a while too.
Then came the Immaculate Conversion; Ronald Wilson Reagan was elected POTUS and a whole new wave of Americanism, hope, faith and good will came into play.
The Reagan Conservatives were born and I became a member of the Republican Party.
President Reagan set the example of what it meant to be a Republican and he led the way as only a man of his beliefs and stature could do. Reagan made America great again.
Once Reagan was out of office we got George H.W. Bush; a decent man, not evil, not a threat to every American and he was basically another version of Casper Milquetoast.
When Bill Clinton got elected POTUS the USA was on a highway to hell, and driving in the fast lane. Clinton did more to destroy American morals than any other POTUS in my opinion. I’m sure he wasn’t the first POTUS to *carouse* in the White House but he sure did make a lot of headlines for it, the *media* wasn’t a closed-mouth as they had been in the past and I remained a staunch GOP member throughout.
Enter George W. Bush; I was so hoping that he would be a forceful and effective POTUS and I seriously wanted to like him but I just wasn’t convinced. Then the attacks of 9-11 occurred and I had a new-found sense of respect for the man.
I was 100% behind his announcement that we were going to Afghanistan and take out the mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden, then, for reasons known only to GWB, he took the focus OFF of Afghanistan and sent the U.S. military, in force, into Iraq on what I have always believed to be a bogus mission.
Along about that time I believed that I needed to be more of an Independent than a GOP member even though I still supported GOP candidates on 99% of their actions and in their elections. That said; I saw a dangerous shift taking place within the GOP.
Then the GOP ran John McCain against Barack Hussein Obama and I was starting to wonder if the hierarchy of the GOP had lost their minds, and as luck would have it, Obama won and once again America was on a highway to hell.
The TEA Party was formed in February 2009. I heard about it and sort of blew it off as a *feel good* movement right up until one of my daughters told me that she had gone to a rally and that she was really impressed with what they had to say and that she thought I should give them another look.
So, I did, and I got involved with the TEA Party and supported their beliefs to uphold the U.S. Constitution, bring about Limited Government, demand fiscal Responsibility and to insure that America was involved in Free Markets, all bold, noble and worthy ideas. I continued to support the TEA Party right up to the time that I found out that the TEA Party, at least in MY part of the world, was nothing more than a support platform for Ron Paul.
The reason I finally cut my ties with the TEA Party was their propensity to run candidates for political office that were *hard-core* Libertarians. These Libertarians couldn’t get elected AS Libertarians, so they ran them on a GOP ticket. Faux Republicans.
Now, most of the TEA Party candidates (Libertarians) are being soundly defeated, a prime example is the re-election of Rep. Pete Sessions over a TEA Party candidate that has NO business seeing the Hallowed Halls on anything other than a visitors pass.
When the GOP ran the weakest string of candidates imaginable in 2012, with Mitt Romney at the forefront, running against Obama, and losing, I was totally disgusted with the leadership of the GOP, the hierarchy of the party and it was then that I decided to get *loud and proud* as we said *down South*, and I have taken on a campaign to get the RINOs and faux Republicans OUT of the House and Senate and to hopefully affect some change in the top leadership of the GOP.
Is the GOP perfect? Certainly not, but I returned to the GOP because I believe that they are the only hope Americans have if we intend to remain a free nation, but I will offer a few words of caution to the GOP; in the elections of 2016, if you run the same kind of ridiculous ticket like you did 2008 and 2012 you are only setting the GOP up to lose, and in the process, America will lose as well.
NO MORE RINOs, select candidates that are CONSERVATIVE GOP members and not some idiot that wants to please everyone they meet. Forget the all-inclusive *Big Tent* policy that the GOP has become so well known for and take a laser focus on defeating the Democrats.
Don’t let the fake Republicans ruin the chances for the GOP to hold the House, retake the Senate and the White House and thus control the Supreme Court. That *court control* thing might be the most important task the GOP has at hand because if the Dems retain power we’re going to have a LIBERAL dominated SCOTUS. Then all we can do is pray.
Stop the GOP infighting, we MUST promote the best of the best, no more Libertarians posing as Conservative GOP members, no more Casper Milquetoast, no more RINOs, no more FAKE Republicans! Remember, America 1st!