Yes, I really did.
Now, it’s not quite as Liberal as it sounds… I was an ABC voter. Anyone But Clinton.
In California, then, an “Independent” could not vote in the Republican party primary, but could vote for a Democrat.
So, as a registered Independent ( I had been “Reform Party” but it imploded when the Republicans threw their trash into “our” party… so when it went away, I ended up ‘independent’ and could not chose “one of 2″…) so…
I had a choice of No Vote, Madam Hillary, or Obama-Hope_and_Change so I liked Hope for Some Change and got YetAnotherLeftist…
But the reality is that I DID vote for Obama in the Primaries. Yes, to some extent, “It’s my fault”.
I really did have hope that he would be different. That “The One” would act “for the people” and not “for the politically connected”. And I was wrong. I’m sorry.
How can I say this….
Frankly, I have an attraction to “women of color”. Hey, so did my idol, Thomas Jefferson… Now, I’ve never actually acted on it, but I’ve ‘flirted’ with some over the years. As a “donor”, I’ve likely got some offspring of “mixed” genetics. ( In reality, I know I do… and I love them all. FWIW, 22 all told, in several countries of several races, religions, and ethnicities. You are all loved. )
But the point: As a “lily white guy” I have kids of several colors and several nationalities and a few language groups and a variety of religions. How can I possibly say any of them is “wrong”?
( One of his kids, a young male “black slave”, faced with a British soldier saying he would be killed if he did not say where Jefferson was, stood fast and said “I do not know”, when he knew damn well that Dad had headed out the back door and was on a horse riding away. Sarah/Sally Jefferson, you raised a hell of a kid…)
At least one is in Israel, a few are in colleges in the USA ( I’ve had contact with at least 4 who are pursuing academic paths at the graduate level ) and then my two with my spouse who are “cum laude” of various sorts. My one “regret” is that I am so bound by convention that I can not “cheat” on my spouse and act on interest. (She knew of my “donations” as I had to “abstain” for at least 3 days for each, and we were dating then… Leads to interesting conversations… and more than once I had to cancel an “appointment” when she asserted her “priority”…)
The Point Of All This
So why mention all this?
I am occasionally accused of being a “republican”. I’m sorry, but no. At best I’m a Libertarian who thinks folks can decide for themselves what is right. I have genetic offspring of several racial mixes, in several religious types, in several continents. More than a few of “Two Mommies”… Am I conservative? Um, not quite… Am I a “liberal”? Only in the classical sense (British i.e. American Libertarian) and not at all in the USA “neo-socialist” sense.
Do I love women? Well, yes. They are far more rational and pleasant than the typical guy… (Sorry guys, but most of you are a bit daft, smelly, and prone to violence. Frankly, I wonder how/why women put up with us…) but…
Simply put: I, like just about everyone else, hope we could elect folks who could just stop the rape and screwage of everyone else. Yes, all you politicians in government who are sociopaths / psychopaths who are in positions of power and authority: We do know who you are and we really do wish you would just go away. Maybe one day we will figure out how to do you in. For now, yes, you run the Government and have a nice retirement plan. But… Do you have 22 kids? Are they at liberty to do whatever they think is right? Are they Mensa class intellects? (I am and they are…) Do you sleep well at night?…
So Now I’m Outed
I have 22 total “offspring”, only 2 of which are with my spouse. (Yes, she knew before we married. And yes, I’ve told my 2 children by her … who mostly had a ‘why are you telling me this?’ reaction ;-)
Many will likely be very American Liberal ( i.e. not classical liberal but Progressive i.e. socialist) due to their ‘Two Mommies’. And I’m very OK with that. (My apologies to all who thought me a Republican…) They have their own lives, their own agencies, and their own POV on existence… and I respect that. But hey, what do you expect from a guy who voted for Obama ;-)