The first election I vividly recall was F. D. Roosevelt's 3rd and 4th run for president. I remember when the newspapers were printed about Truman losing the race. He won! I recall when Goldwater, a hero running on strong national defense got wiped out during war years.
I certainly recall elections when the blacks were burning cities around the nation, dope heads were everywhere and Knott's Berry Farm had to build a fence to keep hippies from eating the livestock.
Who doesn't recall Clinton being elected after being caught in a lie to Americans about his sexual peccadillo. Committing a felony and being disbarred was not a deterrent.
Among other interesting races this year is that of Christine O'Donnell running for the Senate in Delaware. She admitted to "dabbling" with witchcraft when she was 17 and in high school.
WHAT DID YOU "DABBLE" IN WHEN YOU WERE 17 AND STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL?
I lived alone without family in high school when I was ages 15, 16 and 17. What stories do I recall.
Well, for one, I became associated with trained killers. On a regular basis I met with these guys and was taught how I too could kill. When I was 17 I became associated with even more dedicated killers. I was, shall I say encouraged, to constantly keep a gun with me. Well, it was never referred to as a gun. That Springfield '03 weighed nine pounds when it was picked up in the morning but weighed two ton when it was laid down at night.
Uh, to collect $18 a month, which I really needed, I joined the WV National Guard when I was 16. Following graduation from high school shortly after my 17th birthday I joined the Navy. "Trained Killers" all. HA
While I'd like to think I am now older and wiser, I am still one of those people whom Obama referred to as Loving my guns and Bible. In addition to the guns I have a mean dog named Gunner.
My most faithful friend when I was 15 and on through high school, ran a house of prostitution. (No, the above picture is not her. Uh, I felt impressed to "save the elephants") Umm!
My friend was older than me by far but was a loving and fun person. She and each of her girls treated me as "the man of the house" when I lived with her for weeks, sometimes for months, at a time. Often just having something to eat was a challenge for me. This friend always fed me, albeit, often just a tomato and macaroni dish. But, all you could eat! I still like it although I haven't had it for years. If times were good, she could make the best steak and gravy which she always freely shared with me.
She would at times play an old flat top guitar and sing. At times now I sing "The River of Memories", her favorite, and think of her. Oft times we would play rum all night long. When we could put 50 cents together we would enjoy a pint each of caramel ice cream. She only teased me about my girl friends. She never saw me play football or in any way shared in my social life and she didn't seem to mind.
One of the regrets of my life is that when I became a Christian I discontinued my relationship with this good friend. When we saw one another we were friendly as ever but, living apart in different states, it was years between meetings. She has been gone for years but I always visit her grave when I am home. She remains in my "River of Memories".
Now, I've never gone on national television and talked about the things I did in high school. There are people who know, however. Could I be elected with such things known about my life? I would like to think so.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THINK THAT THE GOOD PEOPLE IN DELAWARE WILL MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE, ALTHOUGH THE POLLS LOOK BAD AT THE MOMENT.
Remember the price our fore fathers paid for our right to vote. Remind others. VOTE!