|My locker from high school-note all of the Reagan items|
I started following politics with a terrific zeal, some would say “obsession”, during my Bethel years. The interest was intensified as I started listening to Rush Limbaugh by about my Junior year. I soon became a Rush-addict and wondered how anyone with half a brain could possibly not see eye-to-eye with my sold-out, die-hard Republican identity. I thought Rush embodied the clearest possible thinking for what was wrong with our country and found myself taking what he said as gospel.
What does the obsessed do? I video-taped Republican convention and inauguration speeches by Ronald Reagan. I attended the start-up of the young Republicans’ club in Republicania County. I helped with John Hiler’s congressional campaigns, stood outside in the frenzied crowd when George H. Bush came to Notre Dame to speak, watched election results with great anticipation, and when Bill Clinton was elected President I proudly put a “don’t blame me, I voted Republican” sticker in my car window. I had perfected GOP-speak and understood party strategy so well, having enwrapped myself in the party, that my future in politics looked very bright.
Ha…little did I know!