I was raised by two very Liberal Children of the Sixties. No doubt my parents are both sick to their ethereal stomachs somewhere in the afterlife looking down on their baby boy who hosts a conservative talk show, is a Republican precinct chairman, and pens the occasional column for Townhall.com
Yes indeed, I was raised on a steady diet of Ms. Magazine, Free To Be You And Me, Peter Paul and Mary.
And to my parent’s credit, I maintained the Liberal line well into my late 30’s. I had a subscription to The Nation, read Mother Jones and even made a donation to the NRDC.
It wasn’t much, I was pretty broke at the time. Something on the order of twenty bucks. I had a calendar on my wall at home of 12 great Liberal heroes of the 20th Century and never missed “All Things Considered” on NPR.
In fact, following the great Democratic Takeover (No not 2008, the one before that) on Capitol Hill, I teased my boss mercilessly about it. On the night of that election I went home and let Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’” lull me to sleep.
I remember once on a hike through Canyonlands National Park, I stood and beheld a breathtaking view and thought of the evil oil companies who wanted to level it all, and my heart burned with hatred for Sean Hannity.
What Hannity had to do with oil I do not know but being a good Liberal I needed a focus for my ire, even if that focus had nothing to do with the subject at hand. I was angry at conservatives for wanting to rape the land, and Hannity was the first conservative who came to mind.
It’s a Liberal thing, you wouldn’t understand.
So what flipped me from Red to Blue? Well that gentle reader, is a long tale, but I can tell you when it started.
I was on the treadmill at the gym sometime in 2005-’06 maybe, and was watching the news.
House Republicans were chanting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” at the House Democrats who had lost a vote on providing medical benefits to illegal aliens and had changed the rules of procedure to have another vote to ensure that it passed.
And truth be told, it wasn’t the subject of the vote that bothered me. What bothered me was the fact that the party I had been raised to live and die for was taking the low road, manipulating the game, changing the rules, dealing from the bottom of the deck, take your pick of aphorisms.
I was taught that Liberals don’t do that! We’re honorable! We’re clean! We’re righteous! Only conservatives stoop that low!