I was always “for” Republican candidates in childhood, probably because I heard my parents expressing those beliefs. I remember in 1976, our 5th (6th?) grade class held an election, Ford vs. Carter. I was leading the charge for Ford, although I probably couldn’t have told you a thing he stood for. Faith, a classmate, told me passionately that she was against Carter “because he kills little babies!” I didn’t want Carter to win, but this sounded particularly vile.
I remember asking Mom about this and she said that that probably referred to him supporting abortion rights, which I guess was a big issue at the time since Roe v. Wade was passed in ’73.
I remember the night Nixon resigned, and planned to commemorate the occasion by a little embroidery. I got a fish and the letters P-R-E-S completed before Nixon finished his speech. I knew that Nixon resigned over something called Watergate, but whenever the term was mentioned my mind filled with a flowing stream, running gracefully through a grate. I had no idea of the meaning behind the term.
Now, it makes total sense that I’m a conservative, because I’m conservative in most every aspect of my life: religion, finances, etc. I’m libertarian because I believe in hard work and self-reliance. While I am passionate about helping others, as most liberals are (or purport to be), I want to do that myself, through tithing my income. I draw the line at requiring the government to help others, through money taken forcibly from those who’ve earned it.
What about you? Have you always held your current political persuasion, or did you change as an adult? Any political memories?