I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. It was a farming community with one factory that makes the original wood and canvas director chairs, a company called Telescope. Grandpa ran a dairy farm that made maple syrup during the winter and dad was a school teacher of retarded kids/adults. I grew up in an academic household where many of my parents friends were involved in the school system in one way or another, or were pursuing degrees for that line of work.
Needless to say, like my parents most if not all of the people we associated with were Democrats. Which is kinda weird when you consider that much of the American Revolution was fought in my backyard. Ft. Ticonderoga and Fort William Henry are only a couple of the Revolutionary Forts that littered my neck of the words and there were ruins of who knows what all over the place even deep in the woods of which there are plenty. During the Bicentennial all the Democrats bought or made (from kits) flintlock rifles and got dressed up in period gear and joined in small reenactment groups just for fun and to celebrate our nations 200th birthday. Everyone had guns they even had shooting classes in public school. Yet it was all primarily Democrat as I suspect it is today.
So I grew up being a good ole Democrat. At elementary school we chanted for Hubert Humphrey and again in high school for the rocket scientist Jimmy Carter. I saw every year the flotilla of garbage that floated down the Hudson River the way Jim Croce describes it in one of his raps, and in high school they told me that the state I just moved to (Florida) was going to be underwater in 30 years, and believing everything my teachers told me, took up the mantle for the only side that wanted to save the Panda.
Of course in my late teens and throughout my 20’s and probably pretty deep into my 30’s I knew everything. Everything that was important anyway. I stool outside of the famed Boca Hotel in sunny Boca Raton Florida with my white and beige bunny rabbit on the end of a leash protesting with PETA and even got on TV. I stood in the pouring rain in front of an abortion clinic with a big sign depicting a metal clothes hanger with a big red circle surrounding it and a diameter line that made it look like a European traffic sign implying “no more wire hangers”. I got on the front page of the Lifestyle section of the Sun Sentinel for that. I volunteered my time in the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge cutting down trees and I recycled before recycling was cool/mandatory.
Then near the end of my 30’s I had a life altering event that completely changed how I viewed things. The event itself is irrelevant but the aftermath was the real life changing event. I found myself in a position where I had to make as much money as I could. While I was doing all that cool Democrat stuff and partying I had seriously neglected my economic life. I had set myself up pretty good with a little house that had a very cheap mortgage. I used to joke about how I could pick up tin cans along the roadside and still pay my mortgage. I didn’t need a lot of money so I didn’t work for a lot of money and worked here and there when I felt like it. Make shit, sell weed, there was plenty of options to not strap you into a cubical if you don’t need a lot of money.
So suddenly I didn’t have a cheap mortgage and I needed a dependable car (not one I was in the middle of hot rodding) and about the only real option available to me was telemarketing. I was getting a little too old to be going back out on the construction site with the rest of the felons.
In most sales jobs you don’t get paid if you don’t perform period. You might get a small weekly loan that you have to pay back called a draw but you are absolutely responsible for whether you’re going to be eating for the next week or having shelter. I learned many things from my time in sales but the one think I learned that had the biggest impact on my life was the realization that everything I was being taught and everything the Democrats were always claiming were all lies. All of it.
Let’s take people for example. Liberal minded people claim that all people are the same that we all want the same things basically and the only differences are the way people look not their race, not their culture, not their sex. This kind of thinking makes sense right? I mean why wouldn’t you want the same things I want and think the same things I do? The problem is, anyone who has ever been successful at sales with tell you that everyone being so similar is complete bullshit.
People often base their sales decisions based on the overall profile of whatever race, sex, religion and/or culture that they are members of. Every good salesman knows this and they use that information to make sales. A salesman doesn’t pitch Mr. Patel in the same way as he would Ms. Jackson. Why? Could it be that he is more likely to be successful at selling his wares if he caters his pitch based on what he knows about women or Indian Businessmen?
Then there is that whole leftist thinking about work as if it is a bad thing. People always bitching about how they don’t get paid enough on 40 hours to support themselves. Dam there I was getting up early, putting on a suit and tie, about to go bust my hump for at least 12 hours on a weekday and some weeks that hamburger flipper was bringing home more than I was. I suddenly wanted to be at work when my work was compensated based on my production. I saw all these lazy people just going through the motions at work and just doing the bare minimal and bitching about not getting paid enough. When I stated really making the money, it was only after the money became the secondary goal. My goal was to be the best at what I was and there was never a boring moment because there was always something to do.
I was free!
I could finally see the world and people for what they are. I wasn’t slowly dying at a 9-5 with a one hour lunch and a weeks paid vacation. As a phone salesperson I became a subcontractor and I could make my own rules. What I released was that when I was young I should have pursued seriously an economic plan of working for myself instead of bitching about how someone else wasn’t paying me enough.
So why didn’t those kind and caring Democrats tell me that? Why did they keep pitching expensive education with near useless majors. Why did they keep telling me people are basically all the same when in fact that isn’t true. Why did they keep saying people had to be taken care of instead of freed to pursue their own happiness? Why is work bad and being a bum good?
For once I had to seriously question my beliefs and I realized they just didn’t hold water and worse, by believing in such nonsense I had cobbled myself in the economic world and that made me pig biting mad. So I became a libertarian because it made the most sense to me and though I do consider myself a libertarian, in general I support Republican candidates. I’m like a libertarian that leans to the right.
But all of this comes down to this; if I had moved from the left to at least the center much sooner in life my life would have been much better economically mostly from a state of mind point of view. I’m pretty sure everything about my life would have been better from the class of people I chose to hang around to the clothing I put on my back.
So if there is a young person in your life who seems to be leaning towards the left as most young people do, take some time, as much as it takes to turn him/her/it around. You can make a huge and lasting difference in that persons life so it is certainly worth at least the effort. If everyone did that conservative values, the correct values, will survive.