When Did I Change?

(08/20/2008)

A lot of people who have known me for a long time asked me "when did you change?"

They wanted to know when I became a Republican.

The answer was always quick and simple: "When the Democrats ran Mondale and Ferraro."

It was the answer as to when I became a Republican but it wasn't the answer to when I "changed."

The more I thought about it the answer to when I changed is "I haven't."

No, I haven't changed the Democratic Party has changed.

When I was a young man I had firm beliefs in principles that the Democrats purportedly espoused.

I was for lower taxes, a strong defense and harbored a belief that a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character, that a man's rewards in life should be directly proportional to his efforts and preparedness. That a man be given the opportunity to succeed (0r fail) depending upon him and the efforts he put forth.

I still feel that way.

Unfortunately the Democratic Party does not and after being a lifelong Democrat - even voting for Jimmy Carter twice - the cruel realization the party had deserted me hit home. And I was honest enough to change my registration to Republican and it is a change that I have never regretted. As a matter of fact I have embraced that change as the Democratic Party has drifted further and further toward the left taking an almost socialistic stance and an un-American attitude.

When I was a child growing up my political bent was swayed by a young John F. Kennedy running for president. He is held up as a paragon of the Democratic Party today but the truth is his political philosophy was much more along the lines of today's Republicans than today's Democrats.

One of the first things JFK did when he became president was to cut taxes. He's the last Democratic leader to do that.

He also wanted a stronger defense. He pushed for racial equality and got the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed (posthumously for him) DESPITE the best efforts of many Democratic legislators, including West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.

He also sought to have an American become the first man on the moon, which was accomplished about five years after his assassination in 1963. Now Democratic presidential candidate Barrack Obama is calling for another moon program. It is exactly at this point that the similarities between Kennedy and Obama end. As an American I knew John F. Kennedy and Barrack Obama is no John F. Kennedy.

After Kennedy the Democrats began a long but steady move to the left. Somewhere along the line they left me.

So when did I change?

I haven't.

Gaylen Duskey
Grantsville, WV