Ill never forget the first time I voted for President of these United
States. It was 1964. I
remember spending so much time listening to the candidates that I developed
a bad case of information overload. At the end of the day, however, I decided
to vote for Barry Goldwater. I liked the way that boy talked, particularly
what he said he intended to do with that little mess, Viet Nam. His idea
of fixing the problem with Nam was to bomb them to kingdom come and then
go in and see if we could find anyone left who could sign a surrender document.
When friends asked me whom I was going to vote for I didnt hesitate.
Youve got to be crazy, hey said. If you vote
for Goldwater, well be going into Viet Nam with a half a million troops.
Therell be riots in the streets, and the country will go to blazes
in a hand basket. I didnt listen to my friends or to the TV ads
or to the barrage of left-wing communist pinko news reports. I walked right
into the voting booth and cast my vote for Goldwater. Well, Goldy didnt
win, as you know. The ironic thing though, was the fact that we still put
a half a million troops in Viet Nam, and there were riots in the streets,
and the country did go to blazes in a hand basket. So here we are closing
in on another presidential election. And guess what? When I tell people whom
Ive decided to vote for they tell me Im crazy. If you vote
for that fella, they say, old people will be eating dog food
and some will have to choose between dog food or medicine. Theyre
telling me that, if you vote for that fella, children wont get
school lunches, and the country will be going to blazes in a hand
basket. Maybe I am crazy, but I firmly believe there are far greater
things at stake in this election than the pundits arguments over who
the best man for the job is. There are things wrong with this country that
need fixing, and four years from now may be too late. Now dont try
to call me an alarmist. Im a realist! It is time to put petty politics
aside and make some serious repairs to the Ship of State.
To this day I have NOT regretted voting for Barry Goldwater, and I sure hope
I dont have to regret voting for George W.