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  •  I'm not proud of this, but... (5+ / 0-)

    I voted for Ford over Carter. At the time, I felt I had no idea who Carter was. He was Southern. He was an evangelical Christian.

    Boy was I wrong! Jimmy Carter has been my personal hero for the last 30 years or so. I voted for him against Reagan.

    I learned something about looking beyond labels in that election.

    But, like all my other votes up until Clinton, I picked the loser in the Ford/Carter matchup.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:06:07 AM PST

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    •  For a lot of people Reagan made the contrast (2+ / 0-)
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      between the parties unmistakable. I've never considered voting for a Republican for president ('76 was my first vote), but even into the 1980's in local and state wide elections many times the more progressive candidate was in what I now call the once upon a time GOP. Think Senators Mark Hatfield or Bob Packwood, and sure they came with positions I didn't always agree with (and that was true even before learning things that weren't known then), but they were at least reasonable alternatives.

      It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:36:20 AM PST

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