Having always called myself a social chameleon, politically I’ve always considered myself…well…unique. Why did or do I have to be like everyone else? I’m proud to be an independent thinker who likes to pick and choose where issues measure on my personal sliding scale of importance. How can a Jewish girl from MA, raised by liberal parents who also vote based on who they like, become a registered Republican in her adult life? Seems improbable, but my first step was registering myself as an Independent for the sake of rebellion (yes I was a rebellious teen with crazy hair and piercings – so this seemed par for the course). It took me getting through seven years of college, where I really could have cared less about politics, to meeting my husband and entering the real adult world of political conversation that brought me up to speed. Marrying a military soldier, or should I say, marrying the military, was a quick wake-up call to how important politics in the world suddenly was to me. In haste, this person who only cared about athletics, now had some new interests to explore. I was like the proverbial child in the political candy store, grabbing for all the issues with zest and gobbling them up voraciously.
This past weekend on my radio show, my topic was originally about fitting into a political mold but evolved into people’s changing politics. An overwhelming bunch of e-mails and comments were gathered from the internet and most were from the changing political views of conservative people I have known through my internet life. One person said that Obama said he would bring about change and it appears he has, for good or bad. According to my non-scientific study with my internet friends, many have changed and continued to do so on the heels of them being frustrated with their party and/or being unhappy with the current administration. Most my research was done with conservatives (just who I hang with on the internet more). I wonder if those on the left are still on their honeymoon or if they are noticing changes as well?
What did I learn from my show? Well, that I am not the only American who is on a personal journey to become comfortable with my beliefs and views on various topics that make up our society. I firmly believe in less big government, fiscal responsibility and the need for a solid military. As long as I can go to the polls, it will most likely be as a registered Republican. Unlike many with strong opinions, I’m willing to admit and accept flaws within my own party and truly can respect opposing views. Who knows where that will land me in the world of talk radio, certainly not as a pure politico (blech – phooey), but maybe as an average citizen who has the ability to be open- minded and respectful of others? But let me tell you, there are some things you will never get me to budge on…you’ll have to debate me to know what those are:) But…never say never!