am a Registered Republican -- the worst kind, a reactionary Republican,
a real conservative compared to the moderates like Romney and Perry,
whose ideas only go back to McKinley. My ideas go back to Lincoln and
Roosevelt (Theodore). I was in favor of the War Against the South and
Saving the Union.
As a TR Republican, I am still in favor of breaking up the trusts,
like a potential merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. And I still wear
my "Win With Wilkie" 1940 campaign button proudly. With such backward
ideas, I guess that makes me a member of the lunatic fringe of the
I've taken a lot of abuse for being a Republican in my family. They
are all Democrats. They were Democrats in Lithuania before they
emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1909, when one of us -- Taft -- was in the
White House. He still holds the record for being the fattest president
There were the Reagan years. My family couldn't understand how my
hero was going to balance the budget and increase arms spending at the
same time, as he promised in his 1980 campaign.
That was easy, I explained about the trillions later added to the deficit. Have two sets of books.
The Bush years were painful. It was hard to explain how we were going
to bring democracy and peace to Mesopotamia, where they have been
fighting and killing each other for 5,000 years. That left us with even
more trillions of debt -- and no gratitude.
Lately, there has been the Tea Party, those extremists originally
dressed in Minuteman and Statue of Liberty costumes. It would be more
suitable, it could be argued, if they dressed themselves as Mad Hatters,
judging by their ideas. I kept assuring my alarmed family that these
people would go into exile, like the militia wing of our party. Who ever
dreamed they would hold the Grand Old Party and the country hostage by
I was thinking of my heritage while watching President Obama's speech
to Congress Thursday night (the pregame show on TV). While others were
cheering wildly about his program for helping create more jobs, my eyes
were on John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Our
leader in the House looked like he was about to cry. Well, he always
does, being lachrymose-intolerant.
Eric Cantor, our House majority leader, looked like he had died. And they were afraid to tell us, not wanting to ruin the party.
What were our Republican leaders looking so sad about, my
grandchildren were asking. They mucked up things in the first place, and
now they were going to be mucking up anybody trying to undo the damage.
Wasn't "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" the Republican Party mantra, they reminded
I looked at them in amazement. Don't they understand the goal of the
party is not to fix anything in the next 14 months? Don't they realize
if we started to fix things by 2012, the current president would be
liable to be reelected? Can't they see that it's more important for our
Tea Party-controlled party to destroy the country than give us four more
years of Obamacare?
Kids today just don't get politics.