What’s your story, on how you became a conservative (or libertarian, or w/e) and how you got into politics.
For me, the 2000 election was big in Queens, and my 1st teacher talked about it a lot, and asked us stuff about it. I said " My dad said it was like a sword fight, One has a funny accent (Bush) one has a silly name (Gore)."My class laughed. I looked confused. My teacher said “…yes, a sword fight, why not?”
Then on election day, I sat with my parents watching it for 3 seconds, got bored and left. Then, of course Florida happened. I didn’t really understand the situation, but I knew Florida was “getting yelled at”. I wanted Bush to win, because I knew this kid named Albert, who was mean to me, so I hated Gore because of his name. When, Bush won the election in December I remember I was pretty happy, but didn’t really care.
Then, for awhile I didn’t think about politics again**…Until 9/11.**
When, 9/11 happened I was in my 2nd grade English class, my teacher said our parents were going to pick us up because of “trouble in Manhattan” so my Mom, and Dad picked me up. I asked what was wrong, but my parents were really silent and pale. I got home and saw my grandma crying, and the TV was on, and I saw the Twin Towers burning. I remember this day so vividly, I watched the news NON-STOP for 3 days straight. I watched on the TV how the towers fell, and the crash in the Pentagon, and the PA Crash. I felt a big thump in my chest. I was stunned when the first tower fell, and was near in tears. That day changed EVERYTHING in my life, my sisters, my parents and the rest of my family’s life. I remember watching every scene of the news that day, and I was just sitting there, and feeling like my city has shot in the head. Even, as a 2nd grader, I knew that the country just got hit bad.
I listened to President Bush speaking in New York from my TV, and was so inspired by this great man. From that day on, George W. Bush was my hero.
Then, came the crash near my house, 2 months later, in Queens, American Airlines Flight 587. That shook me up too, but I really didn’t understand this one. I was told by my parents it was just “old footage of 9/11” I didn’t believe it. I questioned them, but they never answered but, I need from their faces that another crash happened. Eventually, I learned it wasn’t a terrorist attack (in 2007, I did research on it) After this crash, a lot of my Muslim friends moved out of the country. I always asked why. My dad, being an Israeli Nationalist and 9/11 was still fresh in his mind, kept saying they were in cahoots with 9/11. I realized that was false.
I started watching CNN’s Wolf Blitzer a lot, and watched New York One (local news station). But, after 2001, I didn’t really care about politics, just news.
In the election of 2002, I was in the “I’m a rebel, piss off my parents” phase. My dad was watching the election returns come in, and I came in for a few minutes and watched and asked "whats a republican, what’s a Democrat?"My dad said the GOP Helped the rich, and middle class and the Dems helped the poor. Ok, thanks Dad, nows I gots a reason to piss you off!
I said “I hope Governor Pataki loses” my dad said “why”
Me “He’s a Republican :p”. My Dad wasn’t too happy. But, he didn’t wanna push his views on me. He tried to debate me, but me being in 3rd Grade, I didn’t care, and ran around the house for three days saying i’m a Democrat. Yea, a Democrat who liked Mayor Giuliani, and President Bush.
In 2003, I didn’t care. In 2004, I still said I was a “Democrat”, but when Bush was on TV I said “That’s my President!”
I lived in PA, during the 2004 campaign, and well, my elementary school was a political battle my teacher wanted us to debate about the candidates. We were in 5th grade. I said I stand with George W. Bush. I “left” the Democrats, to support Bush. some really political kids asked us who we wanted to win, I said Bush. They were taking a school tally, and said my vote didn’t count. I got mad. And argued with them for awhile until they counted my “vote”.
I watched almost all of election night. On CNN, and NBC. I said " why not FOX" My dad claimed FOX Projected the races to fast. Everytime my dad went to smoke I switched the channel to FOX. Florida went for Bush, and my dad was like dancing all over the place.I had go to bed at 11PM =( But, in the morning I found out Bush won, and I filled in my little map thing. And I took it to my teacher, to annoy her. 2004, still in my favorite election. Mainly, because Bush won, and Specter won (I was a Specter fan back then).
I pretty much became a republican, everyone knew it, except me.
In 2005, I heard about Hurricane Katrina, and got disillusioned with President Bush. But, by 2006, I was a Bush fan again. I watched the dreadful 2006 elections. I lived in Staten Island now, and saw Sen. Santorum lose, and said " wasnt he our senator person when we lived in PA? I liked him"
I heard about George Allen losing and got sad. Yet, Ironically, I still supported Hillary Clinton, and supported Eliot Spitzer.
In 2007, I became Liberal. Hating on everything conservative. Until around April 2007, when I turned hard right. For no real reason. I rooting for Giuliani to win the nomination. My history teacher was a Romney fangirl. My dad thought Rudy was too liberal, and rooted for Romney. By, October, I became a die-hard Republican, and a American Patriot. I kept siding with my history teacher on everything, except taxes. I was still liberal on that. By Jan. 2008, I became Far-right on everything except unions. Rooted for Rudy, till he lost, then for Mitt, till he lost, then Huck. McCain won the nod, I wasn’t happy. Rooted for Hillary, but then turned back and rooted for McCain. I kept saying “Palin will be Veep. She will get it, mark my words” I was at my high schools’ freshman orientation when Sarah Palin was named Vice-Presidential nominee for the Repubs. That me a full-fledged Conservative.
The rest is history.