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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....08-08-03....Pippin's Thoughts ~ "Confessions of an Ex-Democrat"
Mama_Bear; Pippin | Pippin

Posted on 08/08/2003 5:38:47 AM PDT by Mama_Bear



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Confessions of an
Ex-Democrat

I recently read a thread on Free Republic about an ex-democrat who didn’t leave the party so much as the Democratic Party left them!

Well, this is how I feel at times. Let me explain......

Back in the mid to late 70’s when I was a teenager, Watergate was going full swing and dominating our television viewing. Oh, I can remember when, during the hearings, the soaps and other daytime programs would be pre-empted for coverage that seemed to go on for “decades”. I’m afraid that did not put the GOP in a good light for me, or with many others of my age group. As far as I could tell, the Republican Party seemed to be made up of grumpy old men and crooks.

My dad was a staunch Republican, I certainly didn’t think he was a crook, but I thought he was misguided at least! In a fit of rebelliousness I registered to vote as an Independent as I didn’t want to be associated with either the Democrats, who I was suspicious of, or the Republicans as I had grown tired of them in power. So, in 1976, which was the first presidential election in which I was eligible to vote, I had already decided I was not going to vote for Ford (boy, what a mistake that was!). I was going for either the Independent or the Democrat running against him.

I was as surprised as the rest of the country when Jimmy Carter won the Primary Election to become the Democratic candidate for the ’76 race. Realizing that I could not vote in a primary election unless I was a member of a major party, I registered as a Democrat to vote for Carter. I was just so glad to have someone I hadn’t seen or heard of before get a chance to right some of the wrongs this country had been experiencing (remember, I was growing up in a very liberal state and had become thoroughly brainwashed).

I started to work on Carter’s campaign as well as the campaigns of others for lesser offices. I even went door to door campaigning with the wife of one of the candidates running for the state senate. He lost but I had fun campaigning. Those were the good old days, before the Internet, and when it still was okay to be outside walking around and not have to worry if the next house we came to had an axe-murderer or a pervert or a terrorist living there.

At the time I wasn’t thinking about what my personal political views were, I just knew what I liked and what I didn’t like. I was very naive and I thought these Democrats were really fun people to be around, I didn’t know until much later about their views on issues such as abortion or gun control or anything else. I just knew I was against abortion and for the right to own guns. The exact opposite of the Democratic Party views. In fact, I had someone comment to me one day that I sounded too conservative to be a Democrat. I didn’t think much about the comment, but I guess I kind of held to it in the back of my mind.

As for President Carter, I was really excited about the fact that the first time I voted in an election I voted for the winner! I purposely stayed home to watch his inauguration, as I wanted to see how my vote counted.

I ignored the fact that many people did not feel the same way about him as I did. I guess I wasn’t thinking about the oil shortage or the gas crisis or embargoes or stuff like that, because in 1980 I worked on Carter’s re-election committee. I really thought he would win, but there were the hostages in Iran among a whole slew of other problems. And Reagan was very popular, he seemed to bring hope to a lot of people. But, all I could think of was myself at the time and I felt if Carter were to lose that would somehow mean I was a bad voter and I voted for a bad President.

I’m afraid that is what I thought; do you know that I boycotted President Reagan the first year he was in office? But I was stunned and horrified when someone actually tried to assassinate him! That’s when I started to think, how dare anyone try to harm my President! I guess I was starting to see the Democrats for what they were. I started to see folks like Reagan and others as the good, decent, America-lovers that they truly were.

Still, I was enthralled with the Democrats and thought they had some redeeming qualities. In fact, when Carter had lost the election in 1980 to Ronald Reagan we all cried and kept saying in 1984 we’ll be “ready for Teddy”, meaning Senator Ted Kennedy, who, by the way, I did not care for much. I though he was an arrogant fool. He still is!

What really steered me in the “right” direction (pun intended) was the 1992 election and the aftermath. Yes, being the “dutiful little dim” I voted for Clinton, and oh how I rue the day! I was going to vote for Bush Sr. but I remembered the 1984 election when I had voted a split ticket and got balled out by other Democrats. They told me I should always vote the party line. So like a zombie, I followed the “leader” and drank their Kool-Aid!

Not long after 1992 election, I regretted my vote. I no longer felt like a failed voter if the guy I voted for lost re-election, but I still felt like a bad American and a bad voter for voting the way I did this time. I think that was about the time I started seriously considering re-registering as a Republican.

I remember when I went to vote in 1996, I think that was the first time I voted for a Republican presidential candidate. It was then that I asked the election judge working at the polls if I could register as a Republican. She told me I could, however it would be too late for me to vote as a Republican in the 1996 election. But, by the time I got to vote in the state election, I was voting as a Republican. I remember everyone I knew thinking I had lost my mind. But I think I had finally come to my senses!

I don’t need to tell you who I voted for in 2000! And I’m glad I did! I am proud of my President for the first time since 1974!




God Bless George W. Bush with four more years as our President!


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To: dansangel
{{{Angel!!}}}

I just enjoy 'shaking my tail feathers' at the Finest :)
201 posted on 08/08/2003 11:26:17 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Calpernia
For you! Have a good weekend!!

202 posted on 08/08/2003 11:27:24 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: dansangel
Yeah, I just gave Calpernia some flowers. It *is* nice to see her birdbath!
203 posted on 08/08/2003 11:28:04 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Pippin
Thanks for the xtra ping, dear Pippin...I wish you a really grrrrrrrreat vacation.

You can be away for awhile, it's OK...you're really still here because we'll be thinking about you.

Be safe and take time to rest and enjoy the view...)))
204 posted on 08/08/2003 11:28:26 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: Billie
No problem Billie :)
205 posted on 08/08/2003 11:32:04 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Calpernia
I just enjoy 'shaking my tail feathers' at the Finest :)

I can't think of a better place to do that (((((Cal)))))!

:-)

206 posted on 08/08/2003 11:36:49 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: LadyX
Oh my goodness. That is terrible.
207 posted on 08/08/2003 11:37:06 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Pippin
I'll "SEEYA" on the 25th of August! :O)

I hope it's sooner than that (((((Pipster)))))

208 posted on 08/08/2003 11:37:47 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: FreeTheHostages
((((((Freezie)))))))

Aren't you just so *glad* it's FRiday? I know I am! This was absolutely *the* longest week......
209 posted on 08/08/2003 11:39:01 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: LadyX; Pippin; FreeTheHostages
See, Thinny - told ya I could swing them around to seeing into your wonderful heart..:))

Freezie has seen the light! Yippee-ki-yi-ayyy!!

Sorry Lady, but my interpretation of Free's comment differs greatly from yours.

Thanks Pippin for your support. I'm changing my mind and forgiving you for your past indiscretions.

:-)

210 posted on 08/08/2003 11:39:03 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: LadyX
Hon'y chile, he sho' nuf would do us proud! Perhaps a stroll after along the Bat'try, heah?
211 posted on 08/08/2003 11:39:21 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: Pippin
Pippin, I know exactly what you mean!
212 posted on 08/08/2003 11:41:36 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: Pippin
Wuv ya, too!
213 posted on 08/08/2003 11:41:48 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: FreeTheHostages
Ahh, than you Free. You have a nice weekend too.
214 posted on 08/08/2003 11:43:21 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Billie; LadyX; dutchess; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; dansangel; FreeTheHostages; ST.LOUIE1; Fiddlstix; ..
Enjoy your weekend everyone. I'm off to do some errands. I'll probably see LadyX and WVNan tonight ;)
215 posted on 08/08/2003 11:45:20 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Living in Georgia at the time he was governor gave us a preview of what he would be like in the WH. I do agree with you about his moral values and that Miss Rosalyn was and is a very gracious lady as was his mother Miss Lillian. He was the first, but thankfully not the last president who was not ashamed being a Christian and could and did set a good example for the youth of this country as far as values went. He still exhibits those traits as seen the Homes for Humanity work that he does.

Although I respect him as a person of high moral caliber, I never voted for him because of the way that he ran the state of Georgia. Between Lester Mad - axe and himself, they took Georgia backwards instead of moving her forward.
216 posted on 08/08/2003 11:49:16 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: Billie; Tooters
A quick thought for the day:

If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?

LOL! Pardon me while I ping a few of th' guys! :)

Ugh! Please remove me from your ping list.

Ok, it was kinda funny. :-)

217 posted on 08/08/2003 11:50:52 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: dixie sass
I never voted for him because of the way that he ran the state of Georgia.

Good for you Dixie! It's amazing how gullible some people are (not mentioning any names).  :-)

P.S. Welcome back!

218 posted on 08/08/2003 11:57:27 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: Libertina
Yes, I went to look for your ping! :) Great report and wonderful pictures! DO need to click on Eala's link to read the full report and SEE those pics! You just look adorable, too, Clinnochio!



Click Libby's pic for the After Action Report of Hillary's Book-signing this week

219 posted on 08/08/2003 11:57:27 AM PDT by Billie
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To: The Thin Man
Why,thank you sir - for the compliment and the welcome. It's good to be back.
220 posted on 08/08/2003 11:59:57 AM PDT by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: LadyX
It was so you, svelte and alluring..:))

Thank you, sweet LadyX. This is my best side, you think?

BTW, here's MamaBear sans the basket of stinky fish! A much more attractive photo for the Bear Family Album, I think.

(Gosh, I hope this isn't too risque for the Finest thread....I mean, me being a hostess and all but,.........I gotta tell ya', between us girls, that bikini wax was a killer! LOL!)


221 posted on 08/08/2003 12:02:05 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (aka: Lori)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Just a lovely job on the design, Lori. Fits her personality, methinks.

I think so too. Thank you FReezie.

222 posted on 08/08/2003 12:10:02 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (aka: Lori)
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To: Calpernia; WVNan; Diver Dave; deadhead
"Enjoy your weekend everyone. I'm off to do some errands. I'll probably see LadyX and WVNan tonight ;)"

Oh my goodness! Must I dress for this?!
Have popcorn and malt balls and colas at the ready for our Late Night Shew, as Ed would call it?..:))

(Hush, Calpie - not many know of our frequent midnight madness escapades 'ceptin' Diver Dave, who sometimes appears to break us up if we get carried away, and deadhead.)

223 posted on 08/08/2003 12:10:08 PM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: Billie
LOL I believe Hillary! liked the costume as well ;)
224 posted on 08/08/2003 12:11:21 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Pippin
We'll miss you, Pip, if you don't get a chance to drop in for two weeks! But hope that you enjoy your vacation - do lots of fun, relaxing stuff!
225 posted on 08/08/2003 12:11:28 PM PDT by Billie
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To: jwfiv; Tooters
From the beginning, boys have been outnumbered, outsmarted and outgunned.

I would have to answer the question with a most humble Yes.

Let's face it...girls rule...'specially Southern Girls...)

LOL! Now, see, what a sweet response from jw for the "are they still wrong?" question! (no surprise, coming from him though, Tooters - you'll learn that he is always the most charming gentleman!)

226 posted on 08/08/2003 12:16:22 PM PDT by Billie
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To: JohnHuang2
Sexist! J/K hehehe

:)

227 posted on 08/08/2003 12:18:04 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1
"On Holiday," huh - when you were in Australia.....

Down Under all those clothes lurks a Hot Mama!!

LOL

228 posted on 08/08/2003 12:21:57 PM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: MeeknMing
Knew you'd get a kick out of it, too!
229 posted on 08/08/2003 12:22:11 PM PDT by Billie
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To: The Thin Man
Ok, it was kinda funny. :-)

Uh-oh, that's not natural. What are you up to now? :)

230 posted on 08/08/2003 12:35:59 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear
Good afternoon FRiends. Glad you 'saw the light' Pippin.
231 posted on 08/08/2003 12:56:26 PM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
Hi Gail. Happy FRiday to you!
232 posted on 08/08/2003 12:57:59 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (aka: Lori)
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To: Pippin
Hi Pippin,
I enjoyed your thoughts. Thanks for sharing them.
233 posted on 08/08/2003 1:03:34 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Billie
Hi Billie.
234 posted on 08/08/2003 1:04:48 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: dixie sass
"took Georgia backwards instead of moving her forward"

I've no doubt. But I was young then -- the first time I voted -- and I didn't do my research.
235 posted on 08/08/2003 1:09:21 PM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: dansangel
Yes, I am *so* glad it's Friday. It's been a *brutal* week here.
236 posted on 08/08/2003 1:10:05 PM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Calpernia
I have to play with it a little more. Did you make the tombstone? How did you get those fonts?

Well, Google Image Search helped me. I found that pic there.
I can't find the original pic now though.


237 posted on 08/08/2003 1:14:36 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Just call me 'Alpha'. LOL

Alphie? Hmmmmmmmm........I prefer Woofums. ;-) LOL!

238 posted on 08/08/2003 2:20:48 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (aka: Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin; LadyX; WVNan; Calpernia; Billie; Diver Dave; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; ...
Mama_Bear, great presentation. Love the lined paper :-) Thank You for sharing your thoughts, Pippin. I know of many Ex-Democrats, and I am one of them. I am a proud Republican today. I registered to vote when I was in college, just thought registering Democrat was the way to go then. Once I became informed, read the issues, knew where I stood on issues, I knew I was not a Democrat. Never voted for a Dem President. I can totally relate to many of the words you have written.

Maggie, Nan and Cal, enjoy your late night tonight at the Finest. Diver Dave, make sure they behave themselves ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend all. I am off on another road trip :-) Looking forward to a weekend at home, a relaxing, do nothing weekend :-)

To all of our hostesses, thank you.

Colleen

239 posted on 08/08/2003 3:10:00 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Mama_Bear
Thank you for your thoughts.

I don't know how many I havemet who vote the wya they do just because they always have.

Old habits are hard to break but in the words of Dr. Phil - "How's that working for ya?"

240 posted on 08/08/2003 4:14:37 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If everything you experienced, believed, lived was a lie, would you want to know the truth?)
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To: Pippin
Bye Pippin! Have a great vacation. ( psssssst, you can always get to a library or cyber cafe if you get the FR shakes ;)
241 posted on 08/08/2003 4:25:28 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: LadyX
L-O-O-O-O-EEEEEEEE ! However could I have failed to acknowledge your awesome presence in The Finest Room?!!

LOL!!! He is awesome alright!

You're kinda awesome yourself, pretty Lady. : )

242 posted on 08/08/2003 4:38:51 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: LadyX; Mama_Bear
Down Under all those clothes lurks a Hot Mama!! LOL

If ya got it.....flaunt it! And fuzzy's got *it*. : )

243 posted on 08/08/2003 4:42:20 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Mama_Bear
Just call me 'Alpha'. LOL

Alphie? Hmmmmmmmm........I prefer Woofums. ;-) LOL!

: )

244 posted on 08/08/2003 4:45:07 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Pippin; Mama_Bear
Beautiful thoughts and beautiful presentation. You two make a good team. I'm glad you found your conservative self, Pip, and came our way. You brighten up the place a whole lot.


245 posted on 08/08/2003 5:15:50 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Billie
Good evening Ms Billie. Just kicking back here after a long day. Hope yours has been a good one.


246 posted on 08/08/2003 5:24:52 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: dixie sass
Welcome home DS!


247 posted on 08/08/2003 5:38:33 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Calpernia; Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; FreeTheHostages; ...
This has been "one of those days." Spent 4 hours in the ER with Grandma. Thank goodness it wasn't anything too serious. But everything is harder when they have Alz. Q. "Do you hurt?" Answer, "I hope not."

I'm outta here for the weekend so Weinie will be silenced for a few days. I do believe Weinie is jealous of Grandma!

248 posted on 08/08/2003 5:47:49 PM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans!)
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To: LadyX
I'm trying to catch up Sistah. Just have to comment on Southern girls luving those charmin' Texans. It's true. When I was traveling with Jack out west I fell in love every night. LOL
249 posted on 08/08/2003 5:48:42 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: lonestar
LOL. I loved that response from your Grandma. Sort of like a friend's grandma. Grandaughter: "Grandma, we just have to take it one day at a time." Grandma: "And it's a good thing too, I couldn't take two of em."
250 posted on 08/08/2003 6:01:13 PM PDT by WVNan
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