I am choosing to be somewhat anonymous (can one truly be anonymous in today’s world?) for the time being. I may change this later on.
I have been following politics, or, trying to, since I was 10 years old (1973) and found myself not understanding most of what was being talked about but continued to watch and listen anyway. I had a little hiatus from this from about 1979 to about 1987 (pre-military ramblings and during my military time when my mind was focused on survival and exploring the world and myself).
I started listening to talk radio a lot after 1989 or maybe 1990, and of course Rush Limbaugh was all the rage. I kept an open mind, and frankly, I was just happy that someone was on the radio giving commentary as to what was going on. At some point Limbaugh even had a TV show and I was watching C-Span by this time (early 1990s) and I caught Rush Limbaugh in a big fat lie (I forget now what it was exactly but it was a case of “selective quoting” or taking things out of context). Bear in mind there was no other major Radio Personality besides Limbaugh, at that time he was all you could get. Also bear in mind that I’m a 3rd generation Democrat (my grandparents, parents and myself). I was growing tired of Rush Limbaugh and had actually busted him in a bald faced lie. I went to the local public library and checked out an audio book called “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot & other observations by Al Franken (now Senator Al Franken, but he was a comedian back then).
That book really opened my eyes, for I had been cutting Limbaugh a break, an undeserved break.
By about the time President Bill Clinton took office the 2nd time, although I was no fan of Limbaugh for sure by this time, I was surrounded by a lot of Libertarian folks and armed with their “bible” Atlas Shrugged, I dove in to take a look. Maybe I was wrong to be a Democrat? After all, The Clinton Admin was doing some things that I didn’t like. (such as doing away with Glass-Steagall & not doing anything about “The Fairness Doctrine” among other things).
So, I briefly became a Libertarian and was reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged for the first time in my life. I’ll give you the short version as to what happened to get me to “snap out of it” (to come back to reality … and therefore the Democratic party).
Basically, when I saw the whole Bush (s)election (Yes GWB was selected by the US Supreme Court and wasn’t elected, and in my opinion the re-election of GWB was suspect, but I won’t go there right now. But anyway, when I saw this, it was a jolt, a shock, and that ONE thing actually pushed me back into the Democratic party. I’d probably still be a well meaning Libertarian today if not for the whole GW Bush (s)election scandal and subsequent cheating for his 2nd election. Not to mention the wrongful invasion of Iraq (That’s right, I’m a Veteran and I said WRONGFUL Invasion of Iraq! I won’t go there for now).
Then came along Air America Radio, with Al Franken, Lionel LeBron, Stephanie Miller, Rachel Maddow, Randi Rhodes (man I miss her radio presence right now), Marc Maron, Mike Malloy, Al Franken (LOL the Franken Factor was great!), hell even Ron Reagan (President Ronald Reagan’s son) was a host of a “progressive” show back then on Air America Radio. There were others too, there was this morning show that was just comedic relief & fantastic during the GW Bush years. Oh yeah, it was called “Morning Sedition” and it was hilarious!
When I heard Air America on the radio the first time, I was shocked (in a good way) and couldn’t believe my ears! I was all like … they let this on the radio? Wow! About time!
I was hooked until Air America’s Demise about 2010ish but then the individuals on Air America kept going on via various radio networks, and podcasts and some went to TV.
I know there was this kind of fight between Ed Schultz and Randi Rhodes, but I liked both of them and I didn’t let their personality quirks get in the way of the FACTS they presented.
Ed Schultz was a vocal champion of the working people and Randi Rhodes did a lot of investigative Journalism and explained things (broke things down for us) and I received quite the Civics Education with her.
Zoom on to today. I listen to a lot of NorMAN GoldMAN among others and he is a guy who definitely teaches civics and gives a lot of “Senior Legal Analysis”.
Now going back to my pre-Military days (before 1984) I watched a lot of Cross Fire Shows on TV (remember Bob Novak vs Mike Kinsley? Fun times!). I used to watch 60 minutes back in the day (1970s and 80s whenever I was able to).
So that is my background as a kind of serious spectator and active voter. Oh I’ve also protested for the Release of Leonard Peltier (American Indian Movement) & stood with and supported an Airline Union strike, plus I signed an Amnesty International Petition during my very brief College days to release Nelson Mandela and signed a petition to criticize the South African Government over its treatment of Stephen Bantu Biko.
So I have walked the walk (maybe I could have done more? But I did do something which was more than just voting, but hey, if you just vote, for now, that’s good enough, we need people to VOTE!) : https://youtu.be/YyS5OBwrQsA
VOTE! Democrats Vote! VOTE! Get out and VOTE! (Not just during the Presidential Elections but vote all the time!)
One more time…. VOTE! https://youtu.be/YyS5OBwrQsA