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The Louisiana Primary is scheduled for July 11 and that means that from Jun 20 – July 4 is early voting. Yes, we will vote on July 4th. Sorry poll workers, hope they give you comp time or something.
In 2016, I was having a running conversation with my dad (diagnosed with lung cancer Mid-May 2016) about the suitability/ electability / preference for or against Donald Trump. Dad was wholeheartedly For.
I was Against. Bigly.
Why, I even wrote a song whose lyrics I posted here on Ricochet, The Trumpa Loompa Song.
Dad’s diagnosis was a shock, so @JoALT and I scheduled a family road trip to go see dad – talked about here. Of course, the conversation continued while we were there – Pro vs Anti (there is a song with those three words, but it escapes me.)
Ice cream after dinner, Father’s Day 2016
Dad with @joALT and kids June 2016
Dad with my Stepmom
Me and Dad at my retirement in 2008.
My habit with my dad was that every day I drove to work, I would call him after I dropped the kids off at school. During the summer, I called him almost as soon as I was out of the driveway on my way to work. We spoke almost every weekday. Generally about politics and it was always a genial conversation; because he and I were very much alike (this is an argument for Nature over Nurture as I never lived with him while I was growing and only met him in person when I was 16).
So when the time to vote in Louisiana’s 2016 primary came around I voted for Ted Cruz. I was even happy (at the time) to support all the rules mongering feverishly dreamed of for the Republican Primary – anything to keep Trump from the nomination.
But, until October or so, I was anti-Trump and he was Pro. Steadfastly Pro. In October, dad made me promise to vote for Trump and not discard my vote in some futile gesture. Louisiana was a safe state for Trump, but I do accept the nature of our binary choice system and so I promised I would. Dad promised he would be an awesome President.
When push came to shove in early November it was not my promise that compelled me, it was the simple binary choice – I pulled the lever for Trump.
@JoALT sat up all night – I went to bed early – and when she woke me up at 0200 to let me know Trump won it was amazing. I called dad on my way to work and the first words out of my mouth were “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” – he laughed until he couldn’t anymore. I even taught the kids the song and we happily sang it through inauguration day.
After his passing, big changes came to my family. I was a Trump supporter.
I had my midlife crisis. As a result, I got to see first hand the results of President Trump’s Foreign policy.
I almost died as a result of an infection I picked up during my midlife crisis.
Throughout it all, I observed very carefully the coup attempts launched almost immediately upon his election and persist to this day.
Despite this, President Trump has governed as the most Constitutional Conservative President of the 21st century. I’m not the only one who thinks this. John Yoo of Ricochet fame says this.
“His many personal and professional flaws, including his bankruptcies, sexual scandals, crude and cruel language, repelled me. I saw him as a populist, even a demagogue, who had not prepared for the heavy responsibilities of the presidency,” said the celebrated conservative legal expert with the University of California.
“My study of the separation of powers, and my time in the three branches of government, led me to worry that Trump would test, evade, or even violate the Constitution,” he added in his upcoming book, Defender in Chief.
This is what I thought in 2016. Yoo then adds,
“Boy was I wrong. Trump campaigns like a populist but governs like a constitutional conservative,”
In my prayers, I have been sure to tell Dad, “I was wrong and you were right about President Trump.”
John’s book is here if you are interested in a journey from skeptic to supporter.
Which brings us back to early voting. This time I happily pulled the lever for President Trump in the Louisiana Primary.
I voted yesterday, June 24, 2020.
There you go, Dad. I learn my lessons well.