In one of my recent blog articles, I wrote about my somewhat awkward encounter with high school politics as a member of my local high school’s student council – and believe me, it wasn’t easy. This blog article will explain – more or less – why I decided to become a registered Republican in 1984, and for a somewhat surprising reason.
I still can remember what U.S. President Jimmy Carter said when his country would not take part in the 1980 Summer Olympic games in Moscow – at that time, I was angered by what President Carter did, if only because he denied American athletes a chance to prove their worth in the Olympic Games. So much so, that I was all in favor of Ronald Reagan winning the 1980 U.S. Presidential elections – which he did. I registered as a Republican in 1984, not long after my 18th birthday – and when I legally voted at the polls on Election Day of that same year, I helped get President Reagan and Vice-President George Bush re-elected.
What I didn’t understand when President Carter decided not to let the U.S. Olympic team take part in the 1980 Summer Olympic games – and I was pretty much naïve at that time – was the reason why the United States and sixty-four other countries around the world boycotted them: namely, the Soviet Union ordering its military to invade Afghanistan, the Middle Eastern country which is still pretty much present in today’s news, in 1979. In the past few decades, I’ve come to accept the fact that President Carter did the right thing as far as pulling the U.S. out of the 1980 Summer Olympics was concerned – not only to protest the Soviet Union’s actions, but also because that country’s government violated the very principles that have come to be associated with civilization as a whole. Of course, the Soviet Union had no idea that what their military was doing at that time would one day help trigger many, if not all of the problems that now plague Afghanistan – which shouldn’t surprise those who’ve taken a serious interest in the very political crises that’ve affected the Middle East for over a century.
These days, the current state of the Republican party is one of great embarrassment – and not just with conservative politicians who should really focus more on working together with liberal Democrats to solve the country’s problems than continue to criticize each other and boost their professional egos (especially those belonging to those on both the far left and the far right). That fact alone should tell you the current state that our government is in – and why it should give our founding fathers cause of concern, if they were still alive, that is; that same fact should also tell you why I’m embarrassed to be a Republican (as is my mother). And the presence of conservative radio and TV talk show hosts who are more concerned with their inflated egos and multi-million dollar salaries than the problems currently facing our country (and the rest of the world) has only made things worse, even more so after the pathetic snafu that Rush Limbaugh made on his radio show a few weeks ago – all the more reason for us to ignore conservative media personalities altogether and consign them to permanent oblivion, which I’m hoping will happen very soon. And who wouldn’t want to see Limbaugh reduced to nothing more than an unemployed has-been? (I would – and so would every politician in Washington, including the Republicans who are afraid of Limbaugh as a demagogue.)
If the politicians associated with both the Republican and Democratic parties are smart, they’ll get their act together by not only curbing their egos, but also working together and focusing on what matters the most – namely, serving the American public and improving their lot in life, the same concept that helped bring our country into existence, and which should never be taken for granted by all Americans, whether they be Republicans or Democrats. If that ever happens, it’ll be something to be really proud of.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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