It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not quite, but it was cold out that day.
Back in Feb of '08, I started to take an interest in our political system that is of this great nation. But at the time, my college student brain figured that I should side with the Democrats. After all, everything was Bush's fault, right? :) So I initially supported Obama and when the time came for the PA primaries, I voted for him. Yup, everything seemed peachy as the cold winter gave way to the warm summer.
But then, I came across a figure named Ron Paul. Now, please don't throw tomatoes at me, I do realize his foreign policy is cheesier than a liberal's. But what got me interested in him was his background in free market economics. It's what led me to stop believing the liberal lie that "all conservatives are fascists" and instead see things from a constitutional perspective. This got me motivated enough to switch to the Republican party in the summer and I was certainly educating myself about conservative beliefs. I even started listening to Rush, who I didn't know existed until I started scanning the radio one day.
Unfortunately for me (and you), it still wasn't enough to change my perspective of Obama. At the time, I still had those Bush-derangement syndrome feelings and McCain's campaign wasn't exactly doing too well. So I ended up voting for Obama in the '08 election. Oh God, I can still remember it too well. We use paper ballots and I can still remember filling that dot in extra hard to make sure that it counted. What was I thinking? Nothing, apparently in this case.
It wasn't until after the election that I started doing my homework. Have you ever had that "oh crap" feeling when you realize that you forgot to do something important? That's what i kind of felt when i realized how crazy this guy was (ties to Ayers) and seeing how his past was nothing like the media portrayed it on TV. That's when i became determined that I would never let my emotions be blinded by reality and on that month, I became a conservative.
So, that's my story. I'm still in college as a junior going into IT. I've posted around some other forums with the same name, so I'm more thick-skinned now. ;) Hopefully, I'll remember to come over here once in a while and give my input.