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TESTIFY! When did YOU become a Republican?
Free Republic ^ | 12/11/07 | Self

Posted on 12/11/2007 4:57:57 AM PST by gridlock

I was looking at a Hillary thread today, which said that if she won the nomination, a lot of Democrats would abandon the Democrat Party. It reminded me of when I finally left the Democrats and "turned to the Dark Side", as my family says. It struck me that FReepers must have a lot of interesting stories about how they came to be here, and that these stories should be told.

Please post your testimony below. I'll start...


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I was a born-and-bred Democrat, from a long line of Democrats. My mother sent me past the poll watchers to hand out fliers for Hubert H. Humphrey in the polling place when I was only five years old. I went door-to-door for Steny Hoyer, back when he was in the Maryland State Senate. I had been a Democrat operative, quite literally, all my life.

That all came to an end in June of 1992. I saw the rise of Bill Clinton, and was prepared to support him for President. I was somewhat uneasy, because he was clearly a smarmy operator and liar, but I thought that since he was in the same party, he was the best choice.

Then came the Sista Souljah speech. I remember thinking about how this was a transparent play for the centrist vote, and how nobody had ever heard of Sistah Souljah before, and that Bill Clinton was just abusing this woman to score political points. I expected to see a reaction in the press and editorial pages chiding Clinton for being so shallow and manipulative. Instead, I remember seeing opinion pieces about his brave stand against the NAACP and how wonderfully tough he was. Even after a week, people were only criticizing him in the context of how, although it was a shallow and cynical racial sell-out, it was a subtle master stroke of political genius.

At that point, I realized that there was no substance behind Bill Clinton, and that he would say anything to be elected. I further realized that the newspapers, editorial writers, and television commentators knew full well that this was so, but were going to say or do anything to make sure he was elected anyway. It was a stunning revelation to me, because I had been blindly believing such people all my life. I started to critically evaluate the candidates, began dismissing much of what I saw on TV or read in the newspapers, and wound up pulling the Republican lever for President George H. W. Bush that November, the first time I had voted for a Republican in my whole life.

And I never looked back.

1 posted on 12/11/2007 4:57:57 AM PST by gridlock
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To: gridlock
I've never become a Republican.

Thanks to my parents and a good education, I have been a conservative since birth.

2 posted on 12/11/2007 4:59:41 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: TexasNative2000

I was born a Republican.


3 posted on 12/11/2007 5:00:39 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: TexasNative2000
after my discharge, the time line was significant.
4 posted on 12/11/2007 5:01:45 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: angcat; gridlock
I too, was born a Republican.

And in my last life, I died as one. So there!

5 posted on 12/11/2007 5:02:19 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: gridlock
I was a born-and-bred Democrat, from a long line of Democrats... (to borrow a line from you)
My father a Korean war veteran, a NYC union carpenter, my mother a union NYC school teacher.
I joined the USAF 1982, listened to Ronald the gipper.
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The END.
6 posted on 12/11/2007 5:02:40 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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To: TexasNative2000; gridlock

:-)

Since I was born.


7 posted on 12/11/2007 5:02:46 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: TexasNative2000; angcat

You both have the benefit of a lucky birth. I had to come to it later in life. But we’re all together now.


8 posted on 12/11/2007 5:02:54 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock
What an inspiring story. God bless you.

FWIW, looking back I became a Republican in the early 50s during the McCarthy hearings.

At that time, Stalin was in power and even a teenager could understand that Communism was ruthless. I despised Stalin and Communism even then. Anyone who hated Communism had to be ok in my book. Thank you, McCarthy, you made me a Republican then. I've only ever voted for one Democrat in my entire life and that was for a county supervisor that I knew.

Now, I almost wish I had that vote back. Forgive me, Lord.

9 posted on 12/11/2007 5:03:21 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: gridlock

In 6th grade, I was a Ronald Reagan supporter until a girl I liked was supporting Jimmy Carter. I flip flopped and redid my campaign poster to support Jimmy Carter so the girl would like me. lol. However after that I never supported a democrat again. Oh BTW, the girl that I liked that supported Jimmy Carter is now Republican and votes that way as do I.


10 posted on 12/11/2007 5:04:10 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: gridlock

In time to vote for Nixon in ‘72.


11 posted on 12/11/2007 5:04:16 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: gridlock

My Father was a member of the John Birch Society, and my Heavenly Father is a member of the Eternal Life through Christ Society. You can reach your own conclusions on how I got here.


12 posted on 12/11/2007 5:04:21 AM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: gridlock

I became a Republican during college. I worked my way through school, had no financial assistance and graduated on my own blood, sweat and tears. It irked me when I saw other people who partied their way through school on either my dime (tax funded college assistance programs) or their parents’. Most of the people I know who partied their way through school still cry and whine about how hard working is.

I saw that’s pretty much how the Dems operate and I wanted nothing to do with it.


13 posted on 12/11/2007 5:04:53 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: gridlock

I liked Ike as I sat on the living room floor watching the 1952 convention on a B&W tv with a round picture tube.


14 posted on 12/11/2007 5:04:58 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Vote for Mike Huckabee or Chuck Norris will give you a wedgie!)
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To: gridlock

Bred, born, and raised. Taking part in political campaigns since I was a child.


15 posted on 12/11/2007 5:05:01 AM PST by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: gridlock
When Jimmah Cahtah gave away the Panama Canal. I was pretty young then, but awake enough to understand the consequences.

-Joan

16 posted on 12/11/2007 5:05:06 AM PST by JoanVarga ("¿Por qué no te callas?")
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To: Doogle
after my discharge, the time line was significant.

So, you are saying that George McGovern was not your cup of tea?

I can uderstand that! I remember hanging door knockers in the 100 degree heat for George McGovern in the Maryland primary of 1972. I didn't particularly like the man that day, either.

17 posted on 12/11/2007 5:05:16 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock
Never, I'm a Christian Conservative. I have a spine and don't compromise with liberals and communists.
18 posted on 12/11/2007 5:07:18 AM PST by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: IrishMike
I joined the USAF 1982, listened to Ronald the gipper.

I am ashamed to say I never appreciated Ronald Reagan when he was President. I was out there carrying signs and marching against him, back in my mis-spent youth.

I hope I am making up for that now.

19 posted on 12/11/2007 5:07:37 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock
Although the NYS Conservative Party (in Warren County anyway) is embarrassingly inept, I've been a member since I first registered to vote.

Never been a repub.

20 posted on 12/11/2007 5:07:41 AM PST by andyandval
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To: gridlock

I voted for Carter in 76. His performance was so pathetic that I promised myself I’d never vote Democrat again. And I haven’t.


21 posted on 12/11/2007 5:08:55 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: gridlock

I was never really a “Democrat”. But, the comparison between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter made the “R—Conservative” a lifelong mission!


22 posted on 12/11/2007 5:09:22 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Slapshot68
I became a Republican during college. I worked my way through school, had no financial assistance and graduated on my own blood, sweat and tears.

You can always tell the kids who are paying their own way through college, because when the professor shows up late, they're angry!

23 posted on 12/11/2007 5:10:08 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock
During the Reagan Revolution. Right after "Read my lips" Bush though, I switched to Libertarian. After "Brady Bill" Bob Dole, "I cannot articulate my premises" Harry Browne, "I sound like a fruitbat" Michael Badnarik, and now "Jorge Arbusto" Bush, I've pretty much given up on government all together...

Especially with the GOP's top tier of morons on the GOP ticket for 2008. There are only two real Conservatives, a moonbat, and 4 RINO's.

This country is in for rough times...

24 posted on 12/11/2007 5:10:16 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: TexasNative2000

My parents “converted” in 1955 when my dad went to hear Ronald Reagan— truly Ronald Reagan Republicans.


25 posted on 12/11/2007 5:11:42 AM PST by lonestar
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To: gridlock

My time in Viet Nam, with a job that frequently required me to monitor very high level communications, turned me into a republican for life!


26 posted on 12/11/2007 5:11:48 AM PST by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: gridlock
I remember hanging door knockers in the 100 degree heat for George McGovern in the Maryland

...it was a tad earlier..around "69", I remember "hanging" MK 82's from a mer or ter under the wing of a F4 phantom in 115 degree weather...wanna get into the humidity?

27 posted on 12/11/2007 5:12:03 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: gridlock
Was apolitical before ~1998. Had started to watch cable news during the 1st OJ trial. After that, started following the Clinton impeachment proceedings (had actually voted for him in '96) & that's what did it. Went to vote in a Republican primay in, I believe, '01 & was told I couldn't as I was a registered Democrat. And as they say, the rest is history ;-)


28 posted on 12/11/2007 5:12:06 AM PST by pookie18 (Of course, I'm voting for the Republican nominee!!)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
I was never really a “Democrat”. But, the comparison between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter made the “R—Conservative” a lifelong mission!

I gotta say, supporting Carter in 1980 had to be my low point. What was I thinking? It was like Battered Wife Syndrome. Maybe if I kept supporting him, he would get better...

29 posted on 12/11/2007 5:13:16 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock

My moment of truth came very shortly after I first asked myself “why are they taking this money out of my paycheck?”


30 posted on 12/11/2007 5:13:20 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: angcat
Same here. I remember the pall of sadness the day Nixon lost to Kennedy. It seemed more important in our family than religion. Some ministers were liked more than others but we never walked away from voting for a Republican. It was only later in life that I realized how conservative Republicanism seamlessly integrated with the principles of Christianity.

I have told my sons that they can bring anybody home as long as she is a Republican. That in common will say more about your shared values than any other indicator.

31 posted on 12/11/2007 5:13:22 AM PST by MHT
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To: Dead Corpse
During the Reagan Revolution. Right after "Read my lips" Bush though, I switched to Libertarian.

Fair enough. I respect your position. There is a lot not to love with the modern Republican Party, I will grant you.

To me, though, they are still the best vehicle to carry conservative principles forward, and I am determined to make them better.

32 posted on 12/11/2007 5:15:38 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: Fairview
My father taught me that:

The Republicans are the party of the rich - they want as many people as possible to be rich.

The Democrats are the party of the poor - they want as many people as possible to be poor.

33 posted on 12/11/2007 5:15:44 AM PST by reg45
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To: theDentist

I don’t know when I became a republican, but it was before I was old enough to vote. My first vote in a presidental race was in 1960, and I voted for Nixon, the first of my three votes for him.

My dad was a lifelong New Deal Democrat, God rest his soul. He died in 1999 and I’m pretty sure he is still voting the straight democratic ticket. I do believe, though, that he would not vote for Hillary if he could avoid it. Unfortunately, he may not be able to avoid it.


34 posted on 12/11/2007 5:16:04 AM PST by billhilly (I was republican when republican wasn't cool. (With an apology to Barbara Mandrell.))
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To: gridlock
I gotta say, supporting Carter in 1980 had to be my low point. What was I thinking?...Maybe if I kept supporting him, he would get better...

Some politicians age like fine wine.Jimmah's aging like milk.

35 posted on 12/11/2007 5:17:27 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: gridlock
I gotta say, supporting Carter in 1980 had to be my low point. What was I thinking? It was like Battered Wife Syndrome.

Or the Stockholm Syndrome ;^D

(Welcome home!)

36 posted on 12/11/2007 5:17:44 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: gridlock

Ronald Reagan, the first president I saw on TV as a child, and it was a great era for Republicans, great refresh for republicans, everything was bright, and I was a happy child never knowing the dark age of the Vietnam War era and Carter the traitor. THE END


37 posted on 12/11/2007 5:17:51 AM PST by Wiz
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To: gridlock

When I asked my dad a question about why people tolerated high taxes when the whole war for independence was in part fought because of taxes.

I was around 5 or 6 years old (1984).

I, from elementary through high school, also voted GOP in every mock school election.

I still considered 1994, my 10th grade year, to be one of my favorite years because of the GOP sweep that November.

Today I lean GOP, but I’m more of a constitutionalist (not the party).


38 posted on 12/11/2007 5:17:58 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: gridlock

Now...keep in mind I’m only 26 yrs. old. When I registered to vote in college, I registered Independent. I always had good common sense...I mean conservative leanings..., but I didn’t like the shenanigans of either major party.

I still don’t like the party powers, but I changed to Republican ealier this year for the sole purpose of being able to participate in the Presidential Primary, and cast a vote for the most qualified candidate, Duncan Hunter.

My dad’s story is a bit more interesting. Back as recent as the 70’s, when you registered to vote in Louisiana, you either registered Democrat or you weren’t going to be participating in many state and local elections. So, my father registered Democrat.

Then came Reagan vs. Carter, and the Gov. of Louisiana at that time, Edwin Edwards, went on TV and told the state’s voters, “If you’re registered Democrat, you vote Democrat.”

So, my father said, “to hell with that” and immediately changed to Republican.


39 posted on 12/11/2007 5:18:17 AM PST by conservativecajun
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To: gridlock

I have always been a Republican and have never voted for one Democrat.....ever.


40 posted on 12/11/2007 5:19:30 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: gridlock

I was in seventh grade and the hostages were coming home from Iran.


41 posted on 12/11/2007 5:20:07 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Join me for the Million Minutemen March --- Summer 2008!!)
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To: gridlock

Reagan helped me realize I was a conservative. Clinton,Carter and the rest made me realize I would never be a democrat and W and the current crop of so called republicans made me a “recovering republican” and pushed me firmly ino the party of “none of the above”.


42 posted on 12/11/2007 5:20:19 AM PST by Coastie ("You gotta go out, you don't have to come back"- CG motto (unofficial))
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To: gridlock

Ronald Reagan changed the way I look at things.


43 posted on 12/11/2007 5:20:20 AM PST by IrishMike (Liberalism is Jihad from within)
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To: gridlock
Never. I'm a Christian first, and American second and a Conservative 3rd. Republicans are a sesspool of compromised principles.

I'm force to vote Republican, because Democraps are Anti-Christs first, Communists second and Degenerate Reprobates third!

44 posted on 12/11/2007 5:20:59 AM PST by Bommer ("He that controls the spice controls the universe!" (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!)
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To: reg45

That’s it in a nutshell. Your father was right!

What’s that Mark Twain said... When I was sixteen, I thought my father was an idiot. But when I was 22 with a job and a family, I was amazed at how much he had learned in six short years!


45 posted on 12/11/2007 5:21:09 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: Dead Corpse

“During the Reagan Revolution. Right after “Read my lips” Bush though, I switched to Libertarian. After “Brady Bill” Bob Dole, “I cannot articulate my premises” Harry Browne, “I sound like a fruitbat” Michael Badnarik, and now “Jorge Arbusto” Bush, I’ve pretty much given up on government all together...”

With your voting record I’d be careful who I called a moron.;^)


46 posted on 12/11/2007 5:21:21 AM PST by billhilly (I was republican when republican wasn't cool. (With an apology to Barbara Mandrell.))
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To: gridlock
My Dad always says that if you're not a liberal when you're young you don't have a heart, but if you're not a conservative when you're old you then don't have a brain.

I guess then I've never had a heart. I remember almost getting into a fistfight with an older kid when I was 14 over abortion (I was against it).

Anyways I'm not a Republican but I have always voted R, but I have always been a conservative, I believe, as a natural extension and expression of my Christian faith.

47 posted on 12/11/2007 5:22:30 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: gridlock
I became a Republican while driving to a Massachussetts polling booth in November 1980 to vote, for Ronald Reagan.

I had never been very political before that, being a "Rolling Stone Liberal" because it was "cool". After seeing the mess jimmuh created because naive nincompoops like me actually voted for him in 1976 (first time I ever voted), I started to give RR's message some serious thought and "woke up" so to speak.

48 posted on 12/11/2007 5:24:33 AM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: TexasNative2000

***I’ve never become a Republican....I have been a conservative since birth.***

I AGREE!


49 posted on 12/11/2007 5:24:37 AM PST by rineaux (How dare you, how dare you question the Clinton's wrecked record.)
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To: gridlock

I’m not a Republican. I’m a Conservative.

When I about seven years old I had a number of chores that generated revenue - 25 cents per week. My younger sister had some chores, too, but fewer, and less difficult. She got a whole dime. (I’m old enough that this was actually real money for a seven year old!)
My Father was either teaching or taking a course on Democracy and Totalitarianism. He described communism to me, and, with my head full of dreams of unearned largess, I said it sounded good to me.
He pooled my allowance with my sister’s and split it and kept the odd cent; I was out 8 cents.
I’ve been a no holds barred, capitalistic, running-dog, death to commies pinkos, socialists, liberals and other fellow travelers, Conservative ever since.

My sister, of course, is a commie pinko liberal.


50 posted on 12/11/2007 5:24:40 AM PST by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: If his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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