One cannot help thinking about politics in the time of electoral struggle. ..
I do not recall discussing politics in my family, but I do recall my mother being active in party work. She must have been a Republican, because I remember “I like Ike” stickers and buttons. Unlike with religion (we were dragged to an Episcopal church each Sunday), I was not brainwashed about politics. Religion and politics: two weighty subjects, but only one is feed to children from an early age.
I did like Ike, even if I had no idea of a reason. Later, Kennedy appealed to me, but I knew little about his true character (that came much later with reading history). I recall leaning to Johnson more than Nixon, who I came to dislike (along with his partner in crime, Kissinger). After that, upon moving to Europe, I paid little attention to presidential politics. Names changed, but little impact was had on my life.
Without its evolution to the party of evil and no, I would probably have more sympathies with the Republican Party than the Donkies. Then again, I would prefer to cherry pick, because I am surely what one would tag liberal conservative (which sounds rather schizophrenic, doesn’t it?). There is something to be said about less, rather than more, government, although “just enough” would be best. (Good luck achieving that with humans involved!). I would tend to be isolationist, rather than imperialistic or interventionist, which would put the military-industrial complex out of business (about which Ike had warned).
I am certain that my mother would scream, if she hasn’t rolled over in her grave, upon learning what has become of the party for which she toiled. I consider doing this each time my eyes fail to avoid a headline about current political news about the party Ike chose to lead...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.