Many people often ask me why I went from being a Democrat to being a Republican. I think its an important question to answer, especially in light of what is happening to our country today.
When I was growing up, Republican was a dirty word. Its not that my parents were bleeding hearts; they were Democrats who believed the notion of taking care of your fellow man. I grew up in a conservative community in Texas and came of age when Bill Clinton was President. I thought Clinton was a great President (and I still do); the economy was going full throttle and the future was bright. I was outspoken about my liberal values in my high school classes. So outspoken was I that I was voted Most Liberal in my high school’s senior poll. I even graduated from one of the most liberal schools in the United States: Smith College.
After I graduated college, I banned Fox News in my home, preferring to listen to the 24 hour liberal news channel, MSNBC. I thought Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann were brilliant, and I looked forward to Hardball with Chris Matthews. I enjoyed political discussions with my liberal friends where we would all take shots at Republicans. I believed that there was a vast right wing conspiracy.
In 2008 I supported Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Presidency. As a women’s college graduate, I was ecstatic at the idea of a female President, and I had always been a great admirer of Mrs. Clinton’s. I was shocked when she lost the nomination to little known Barack Obama. I did not understand the hype surrounding Obama and I thought he was woefully inexperienced. Because I was wary of Obama, I voted for John McCain in 2008. I thought he was an experienced, stand up man, even though he was a Republican. I knew, however, that Obama was going to win the Presidency in 2008. After George W. Bush’s unpopular Presidency, I knew that even if the Democrats ran a dog as their candidate it would win.
During President Obama’s first term, I bought into the Democratic narrative that everything happening in our country was President Bush’s fault. I thought that Obama was doing a pretty decent job as President. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to meet President Bush when he was the Governor of Texas. He was a very nice and sincere man. I very much liked him as a person, but thought he was a terrible President.
Fast forward to 2012. I still was not crazy about President Obama, but I liked him better than I liked Mitt Romney. I did not yet see the destructive path President Obama’s policies were creating. Instead, I voted on issues that should not have been as important at the time.
Early into President Obama’s second term, I realized what a huge mistake I made by not only voting for him, but by also buying into the Democratic rhetoric that chastised Republicans for being the out of touch party of the rich. I started to see that the freedoms our forefathers fought for were being eroded. I saw government growing at an unstoppable rate. I was sickened by Obamacare and the fact that the IRS would be getting more money and more power to enforce this disastrous law. I saw that race baiting was getting out of control. I saw that progressive policies were championing laziness instead of work ethic. I saw that the only concern of the Democratic party was to gain control over we the people.
I started to read about the Tea Party and I realized that its platform was very similar to what I now believed: fiscal conservatism and limited government. I started to read the National Review and watch *gasp* Fox News. Both made a lot of sense to me. I started to realize that MSNBC was nothing more than a shill for the progressive arm of the Democratic party. I started to realize that I mostly agreed with Senators like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Finally I realized that I was doing really well under President Bush and that many of the economic problems our country faced under his Presidency were not entirely his doing.
I am glad to have finally seen the light and I am proud to call myself a Republican. I know that there are more people out there like me. I am happy to help Republican candidates get elected so that we can stop the progressive train wreck before it runs over our country.