Oct 27, 2008
Coming Out Of The Closet
I’ve always considered myself an Old School Republican.
I grew up during the Carter/ Reagan years. I have fond memories of those times. I remember when I first joined the Reagan Youth Group and we plotted into the wee hours of the morning to overthrow the evil powers that were the Liberal Democrats.
But, as often happens in life, people change.
They grow apart and the love goes out of a relationship. Divorces happen, custody suits ensue. We do our best to adapt to our changing psyches and values, and hope we can live with what we’ve become.
It has been said to me a number of times over the past two years that many of the things I say are suspiciously…well…Democratic in view point.
I’ve argued and fought with those who expressed this evaluation of what I say.
I point out that just because I’m an advent follower of Jeffersonian Policy (Separation of Church and State, a strong Constitution that represents ALL Americans)… this doesn’t make me a Liberal Democrat!
But lately I’ve begun to wonder.
I find myself looking back on the Jimmy Carter days, and wondering if he really wasn’t such a bad President.
I now think fondly of Bill Clinton (I believe it’s every President’s right to have sex at least once in the Oval Office. It’s like the “Mile High Club”. Who wouldn’t want to be a member???).
So I’ve begun to wonder;
Perhaps it’s true.
Perhaps I really have become a Democrat.
Perhaps I am… (Deep breath)…
A Liberal Democrat.
Personally, I think that’s taking it too far.
At most, I’m likely a Conservative Democrat, although I could just be fooling myself.
After all, conservative Democrat doesn’t sound as bad as Liberal Democrat, does it?
So, I’ve decided to Come Out Of The Closet.
I Am A Democrat.
There. That didn’t hurt TOO much.
I won’t say it felt good, but I managed to say it without wincing to terribly.
I’m still here. God hasn’t struck me down with a fiery thunderbolt.
Well, I’m off to a good start.
I’m still not sure about this whole “Coming out of the closet and being a Democrat” thing, though.
After all, I’m not a young kid. It’s much easier to “Come Out Of The Closet” when you’re say, 19 or 20.
So I think I’m going to do some experimentation, just to be sure.
After all, I want to be sure I really am a Democrat before I tell my parents. It would be embarrassing if I made such a shocking announcement at the dinner table, giving my poor mum a heart attack, causing my father to disown me… if it turned out I was just succumbing to peer pressure and following a fad.
But I’m not really sure how to BE a Democrat, let alone a LIBERAL Democrat.
I understand there’s Vegan-Tofu involved (which I hate), and acting like a member of the intelligentsia (which I can cope with)… but there are certain issues I’m just not clear on.
I’m told that Lesbian Liberal Democrats all wear Birkenstocks. But what do the men wear? Do they wear Birkenstocks as well? Are they still in fashion with the Liberal Democrat crowd? Are they comfortable? Can I carry them off stylistically?!?!
These are the kind of questions that are keeping me awake at night.
So I’m appealing to my beloved friends and readers;
Help teach me what it means to be a Democrat.
How do I dress? What do I wear? What’s considered the appropriate wine that goes with
light-intelligentsia dinner conversation?
Please post your suggestions for my Democratic Experimentation below in the comments section and I’ll get back to you and let you know how they work out for me.
Your help in my Coming Out of The Closet is appreciated.