When I was in college in the sixties I did not pay attention to politics. The Viet Nam war was in full swing and I didn’t pay attention. One day a hippie type guy approached me and wanted to sign me up to vote. He asked me if I wanted to register as a Republican or a Democrat. I felt foolish asking, “What’s the difference?”
He said, “The Democrats stand for equal rights, the environment and the disadvantaged. The Republicans are rich.”
I thought about it. I came to college to learn something that would make a future. “I want to be a Republican.” The hippie got upset. I could have gone the other way except for his tone of judgment.
The interesting aspect of that first meeting replayed itself several times over the years. I hailed from a very Democrat area. You could not work in the government or the unions unless you were a Democrat. Actually you could but you had to stay under the radar.
I found it ironic that the party I avoided professed the very quality that they lacked – inclusion. The only thing that mattered was empty words and your loyalty.
So I wonder what that college recruiter might say now. “The Democrats accept pay for play, treason, deceit, lies, but make you feel morally just in a single agenda they promise to deliver – any agenda will fit their rhetoric.”
“What about the Republicans?”
“They do nothing. They watch because they are afraid to lose their jobs.”
Unfortunately there is no third choice.