It is August 2008.
My dad and I are still in our bubble of blissful Fox News ignorance.
We didn’t get our news except for Fox News and our local newspaper and news station, which to be honest wasn’t much different.
We live in the bright cherry red state Tennessee, so I guess it shouldn’t be all that surprising that they promote Republican over Democrat.
Just this past few months the local channels were inundated with nonstop Gubernatorial political ads for Republicans Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Beth Harwell.
I only saw a handful of ads for Karl Dean, who really didn’t identify himself as a Democrat.
I had to google him to even know who he was.
It could be argued that I should do better research for those running for political office in my state, but most people aren’t going to do that.
Most people aren’t going to stray from their own party unless a polarizing figure enters the fray, which brings us back to the August of 2008.
John McCain is looking to be our nominee, meaning the Republican nominee for President.
He looked great on paper, but I was concerned about his age and possible health issues.
He was in his seventies!
He was going to need a good Vice President, should anything happen to him during office, of course, this can be said for anyone running for President.
In McCain’s case, I felt that it was especially important.
His VP had to be incredibly smart and tough.
A real take no prisoners type.
He would choose wisely, I was sure of it!
I was so excited to see who it was that I slept on the couch in the living room awaiting the announcement on the morning of August 29th,2008.
Most had guessed that he would choose Palin, but I knew that he was smarter than that.
Even when I saw Palin on the stage, I just knew that she had to be there for another reason.
McCain wasn’t going to actually choose her.
This was some sort of April Fool’s Joke.
Maybe I wasn’t actually awake and I was dreaming this?
This folksy, ditzy, dimwitted, uneducated,cartoon-voiced, soccer mom was supposed to protect our country should McCain fall ill and be unable to continue his duties as President?!
Clearly, the GOP was banking on her hotness and wholesome homespun family image and love of guns.
Republican men would just look at her and go vote with their dicks?
Their wives would vote for her because she is a mom of five and promotes abstinence until marriage, except whoops her eldest daughter, a teenager was pregnant by her high school boyfriend in Alaska?
I liked John McCain and respected him as a War Hero, but I couldn’t vote for that horrible woman!
If we were under attack, what would she do?!
I’m surprised she actually understood enough to know how she became pregnant five times, much less be elected Governor of Alaska!
I certainly didn’t see her as stable enough to handle world affairs or govern our country!
I got on my computer and started doing research.
Lots of research.
I shared my research with my dad.
Fox News has never been turned on in my house again!
My Dad and I realized that my leanings were much more aligned with the Democratic Party, but there were a couple of problems.
We both hated The Clinton’s and the thought of abortion.
I believe this is an issue for lots of Republicans who would otherwise align with The Left.
I had been indoctrinated by years of Fox News propaganda to believe that abortion equated murder.
How could I belong to a political party that “murdered” babies?
I firmly believed then and I still believe now that Bill Clinton is not only a womanizer but a sexual predator.
I don’t, however, believe that he and Hillary are murderers or that she was responsible for Benghazi.
I have never understood and still don’t understand why Hillary never divorced him.
I would have much more respect for her if she had.
How is she supporting women when she is married to a rapist?
If you are a true Democrat, don’t you have to support both of those things?
Politics is confusing and there is still quite a bit of it that I don’t understand.
During my research, I came across a wonderful man.
Actually two wonderful men.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
This man, these men encapsulated everything that I ever wanted in a politician.
They were compassionate and they had clear goals for the United States.
They were passionate about their love for our country!
They seemed to actually like each other which was another bonus for our country, they would work together for what was best for us.
I came to realize that The Clintons no longer mattered and it was not my responsibility to tell another woman what to do with her body.
You will never stop abortions, you will simply only stop safe abortions.
The fact of the matter is that there are some women who just aren’t mentally or physically capable of taking care of a child or even surviving a pregnancy.
Some just simply don’t want children and accidents happen and sometimes the Plan B pill isn’t available.
I have come to another realization, not everyone fits into a perfect political box.
Just because I identify more as a Democrat doesn’t mean that I love everything about my party or those handling things in it or that I support every decision that they make.
Just as I am certain that some Republicans probably don’t fully support everything that their party does.
I was even more excited to cast my vote for Barack Obama than I was to cast it for George W. Bush!
Our very first African American President.
My dad voted for him too.
I cried with joy when Barack Obama elected President!
This was an amazing moment in our history!
For eight years I felt safe knowing that President Obama and Vice President Biden were running our country.
For eight years I knew that we as a country were in good standing with the rest of the world.
I feared the day that these two wonderful men would leave office.
Turns out I had a right to be afraid…
There was a foreign power at work that would set our country on a collision course with disaster, a man even more heinous than Bill Clinton would take office and we would become a country divided.