As a couple who was neutral for our 1st 2-3 years on facebook; didn’t even mention politics once, we were allowed to observe. My wife Lee Hiller-London were VERY busy with our work, and didn’t have time to follow politics. What little I could see, I had pretty much made up my mind I was for Huntsmann. Lee was building her new brand, and I was expanding my then 13 year old cartoon brand and compiling several books. Politics was one of the last things on our mind. We live in a small mountain town where, though people vote, most of them (and us) get along in spite of poltical differences. After all, we’re all Americans with the same goals.
Our town Hot Springs, Ar has an education demographic a bit higher than the national norm. We are all keenly aware that political differences are a moot point; that if one must judge another, it should be on character, or one is going to be very disappointed since not all Republicans and not all Democrats are pristine citizens. But more importantly, character remains head and heels above political or religious dogma. It’s nice to live in a community with that kind of progressive mindset. Sometimes it feels like being “a fly on the wall” of some of our Founding Father’s early meetings.
I didn’t dislike Obama but it appeared “nothing was getting done”. (I had not had time to study the GOP Congressional Armada against him). Once I learned the real story from the library of congress, National Archives etc (and not slanted news networks), I was livid.
By then I was being bullied by this strange theological cult pretending to be the GOP and demanding I love Sarah Palin, then Herman Cain (and their hero/American Patriots) seemed to change with the weather. I didn’t know who they were, I just knew I was not going to vote for whomever they wanted. Their bullying was like high school on steroids.
They demanded lockstep belief, behavior etc and “to vote like them” or be a “socialist Muslim traitor to America” (their words, not mine). They turned out to be known as “The Tea Party”. So my 1st taste of what the GOP had become reminded me of someone had gotten the keys to the institution and let them all out. They have not changed, but I surely have. Finally I decided to listen a little closer to what they were saying. While they were still trying to figure out who/what I was (why was that so important?), I was watching them watching me.
They had already concluded I was an Obama supporter when, ironically I was fully behind Huntsmann. But I dare not tell him; as I felt even that far back that Huntsmann was way too sane for a party with that much hate/judgement etc; and I may have to choose another candidate. And given the GOP’s choices, it was probably going to be Obama. And the more they bullied me, the closer I got to liking Obama. And finally I was on his side by default. It was them trying to “scare me into not voting Obama”, that I knew instinctively he must be the right one, and they knew of something very nasty going on (I would later discover the GOP block of all jobs bills, veterans job bill etc etc etc). Since I’d not watched much news as it would interfere with school and work, I was vulnerable game for any political party (or theological cult in their case). I decided to go along with a real political party. In the famous words of Ronald Reagan, I didn’t abandon them, they abandoned me”. And big time.
Though I still think Huntsman would have made a great President in the same vein as Teddy Roosevelt or IKE (I tend to lean more fiscally conservative than most), I also got the real scoop on Romney/Ryan vs Obama.
Obama makes Romney/Ryan look like Enron when it comes to economic fiscal responsibility. Yes, my reason for voting for Obama is not because Romney is too conservative….it is because Obama really IS conservative…but a real one. A centrist conservative very much like Teddy Roosevelt or IKE. What is Romney? It, of course, depends on what day it is, and in which state he is making a speech. Frankly I prefer the “Casual Friday Moderate Mitt”; but that only lasts 12 hours.
Rick London is an author, designer, cartoonist and songwriter. He founded Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons & Funny Gifts in 1997. They have been Google’s #1 ranked since 2005. He is married to popular nature/wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London who runs Hike Our Planet.