Making an Ass, er, Donky out of Myself

Common wisdom says that people get more conservative as they get older but I’ve found myself getting more liberal as I get older. Some people would say this is because I’ve been spending too much time with the gays and hippies in Ann Arbor and liberal crime writers. But I don’t buy it. I’ve been in music and theater since high school so the proportion of gay and hippie influence in my life has always been high, yet until now, the only non-Republican candidate I’ve voted for was Ross Perot…yeah, I know. But now, I’m actually undecided for the first time.

I’m not exactly ready to jump on the Hillary band wagon, but I’m going to read Obama’s book because I liked the first few chapters I read in the bookstore the other day. I think I still fall on the conservative side of the line but more with the “liberal” candiadtes like Rudy more than the hard righters like Mitt or the Law and Order guy. A lot will depend on who gets the nominations for both parties and if I’ve learned anything from past performance it’s that the front runners in September almost never are the actual candidates.

I wonder if I’m not just getting more a-political and not caring as much. I’ve been kind of fatigued by the last few years on both sides and I’m ready for a fresh start. But I have noticed that as I get older, my music taste is certainly getting more conservative. All I listen to these days in country and easy listening stuff from the 70s. Sad, I know. Now get off my lawn dagnabbit.

5 thoughts on “Making an Ass, er, Donky out of Myself

  1. I think they’re referring to people in retirement, not guys of 31. You’re supposed to be liberal. Bush saw to that. You don’t have to tell your parents either. Let them think you’re still a Grand Rapids kind of guy.

  2. I’ve become more and more liberal, especially over the past seven years of Der Fuhrer Bush. Before the first Presidential election my dad (bigtime Republican) took me aside and told me it was all about how much government you want in your life – so I voted for Bush Senior, who I still have respect for; but after that I realized that the type of government involvement I disagreed with wasn’t the creation of social programs or taxes but with constrictions on freedoms on how we are allowed to live our lives.As for political apathy, the sheer fact that you even looked at Obama’s book puts you far and beyond the average American’s effort.You’re also not the only one with an arrested development in terms of music – I’ve been filling up my new iPod and with a exceptions, I think my musical tastes stopped around 1999.

  3. Although I usually vote Republican, I think Hillary has the backbone to be a good President. My own choice is Guiliani – tough foreign policy, liberal social policy.I think McCain would be a decent President but I hear he’s getting pretty frail. And I like Thompson. Obama I think is a bit of a lightweight.

  4. I voted for Michael Dukakis in ’88, Bill Clinton in ’92 and ’96, Harry Browne in ’00 and whomever the Libertarians fielded in ’04 (can’t even remember the poor bastard’s name now).Obama, McCain and Thompson are interesing but I think the establishment candidates in their parties will steamroller them (although Obama’s Maine campaign has raised more money than Hillary’s).

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