Times change, and so do voting allegiances

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 31, 2008

By Harold Keller

I’ll never forget that day in 1945 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. I remember my daddy crying like he had lost a close family member. My dad was a die-hard Democrat. He didn’t especially care for the Republican Party.

When I was old enough to vote, I followed in his steps and registered Democrat. In 1964, I was elected, as a Democrat, to the State House of Representatives. I have to admit that I was not prepared for the challenge of the position. To say the least, I wasn’t a productive legislator.

Today, I am a registered Republican, but an independent voter.

The other day, I was talking to a friend I went to school with. He was adamant about hoping the Democrats would win the White House. Since I’m never one to dodge a political confrontation, I said that would never happen. That’s all it took to get my friend on a roll about the Democratic Party. He said, “My dad was a Democrat and, like him, I’ll die a Democrat.”

My reason for switching parties is because of the Republican Party’s stand against abortion and same-sex marriages. I agree that many Republican elected officials don’t share the same convictions, but as of now, the majority of the Republican Party does.

Getting back to the presidential campaign and the choices we have in the Republican primary. I like the former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, but he can’t get the nomination. I think Sen. John McCain, a real American hero, will, and I can get excited about him.

On the Democratic side, between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I think Sen. Clinton will get the nomination but will lose the presidency.

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