I first want to apologize to all for this long article. I'm not a writer so don't expect some stylish tone here, I'll try my best to be coherent but I cannot make any promises.
I've read a lot of articles here and I've had contact, brief as it may, with some people who are either strong Republicans or die hard Democrats. What I've seen is that these days, political affiliation and religion are not that far apart, what I mean is that for some people the possibility of a switch is unthinkable.
I write this because I changed my mind about my preferred political flavor, and I want to explain why, who knows, maybe somebody will read this and for a second or two think about their own situation and their own realities. If that's all I get out of this, then I can say I got more than I was hoping for.
I used to be a very conservative person when it comes to politics. I believed in real, honest to God conservative ideologies. I thought the GOP offered that in this country. I came to a different conclusion and I will explain why.
For a long time, politics for me was simply irrelevant, I had lots to deal with and politics seemed like a waste of time, that is until I realized politics were the reason as to why I had to deal with so many different issues. From the mortgage rates to the tax rate to gas prices. I then started caring and, of course, immediately thought the GOP had the interests of ordinary people in mind, after all, they were conservatives and that meant family values and freedom and national security.
I thought all those things you expect a conservative to think and even voice. I would say things like there's no excuse for illegal immigrants or no mercy for those who do drugs. Things came to me without much of a thought, it was more like an instinct, if you can understand that.
Then I married a beautiful lady with kids, kids that I consider my own. Well, one of my kids had a pre-existing condition and getting him insured was a complete impossibility, and it wasn't his fault, it wasn't our fault, it just could't be done. I couldn't understand why. After that, I was sick myself and my own insurance company that I had for years simply decided not to pay my hospital bill. I started thinking there was something wrong.
Then I asked around, got few answers and nothing substantial, paid my bills and then watched on televisions as the GOP defended the same insurance companies that discriminated against my kid and myself. It hurt, but I thought hey, they do know better. It hurt so much, to see my kid being treated like some second class citizen, it was aggravating and devastating, but they knew better, or so I thought.
This happened as the war in Iraq was developing into a messy situation. I know people who lost kids, or husbands or wives or parents there. It was painful to see that, but it was worse to see, later on, that Mr. Bush said he didn't even think about capturing Bin Laden.
Wait a minute, hold on, I learned to justify the war in Iraq because I thought Saddam was just like Bin Laden, they hated America and they hated their own people. And now you don't care about the guy who killed thousands of Americans in the WTC? Are you serious?
Then it came a time when Mr. Bush, or W for short, decided to veto SCHIP for needy kids. So, not only you mistreat my kid not even allowing me to buy insurance for my kid, BUY being the keyword, but you now will throw hundreds of thousands of needy kids to the curb? And you say you are a God fearing man? HOW DARE YOU? I said. It was clear to me they just didn't care, at all, not a bit about people.
I was still willing to look for a valid explanation, even when I felt hurt, he's the politician, he cares, he knows better, why does he do this? But then Bush called the Constitution of the United States a "damned piece of paper". I had enough, I learned it was all a lie, a fraud and a scam. A president who commits war crimes not to protect the American people but to promote his buddy's corporation, Haliburton, and because "he can", and on top, shows contempt for the one document that allows him to be president and do all that, no, that's way more than I can stomach.
Then I asked for other conservatives to voice their disgust, nobody did. In fact, the GOP sided with bush 100%. I couldn't believe it, it was like watching the Twilight Zone.
I can say this now, I switched and it was painful. I look at the President now and God knows I don't agree with all he does, not even close. But I know he cares. I know my kid has a chance now to get insurance, I know my older kids will be able to continue going to school non-stop because student loans now are easier to refinance. I know there's no more Americans dying in Iraq over nothing and I know Bin Laden is dead and gone for good.
I look at Obama and all I wanna say is, thank you for caring, Mr. President.
I learned life is short and you get one chance, I am not ever again going to believe dogma over practicality because practicality is what affects life, dogma is just words. I know people should never, ever vote against their own interests even if that means switching affiliations, I know you cannot really be a Christian if you see kids in need and you veto SCHIP, or send them to their death in Iraq because you think your pal will make some cash out of the deal.
I see now a different GOP. This is not the GOP I remember from the old days, this is a radicalized party who tells you they believe in one thing but they do the opposite. I, for one, had enough of that fraud, I know how much it hurts to see those you believe in backstabbing you, I know what's like to go through hell for people who just don't care, the GOP.
I gave a lot for this country and would give my life for it, but I think people deserve to be told the truth, instead of being played for political reasons. The GOP has been radicalized into a party of corporations and greed, and when I saw my own kid suffering because of that, it opened my eyes to what they really are, a party that puts money and theology over reason and people, and needless to say, I can't identify with that ideology.