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  •  John Pryne song quote: (0+ / 0-)

    "Grandpa was a carpenter
    Built houses, stores, and banks.
    He chain-smoked Camel cigarettes
    and he hammered nails in planks.
    He was level on the level
    Shaved even every door.
    He voted for Eisenhower
    'Cause Lincoln won the War."

    I think his short song-lyric take rings with a lot of the truth (I assume the song is about his own grandfather, or could/should be - - artistic license).  Politico-cultural habits can be learned early, and die hard.  Here's a different result - - an "Eisenhower Republican", rather than a "Roosevelt Democrat", but for strongly-held, historic reasons that probably affected the man's family and him personally (or were learned from his elders' first-hand experience).

    And so with the diarist's experience.  In my family, we were always regular Democrats, but became "rabidly anti-Reagan" Democrats due to my schoolteacher mother's experience with Governor Reagan trying to take the California State Teachers' Retirement Fund (a public-employee pension fund), and balance the state budget with money to be "borrowed" from it.  It didn't fly, but left a collective taste and political impression in the family's mouth ever since.

    It also reminds me of my lifelong League of Women Voters' activist aunt (my mother's sister) who used to sport a button reading: "Don't blame me, I voted for Helen Gahagan Douglas"  (historic note: HGD was Richard Nixon's first political opponent - - Calif. congressional seat? -- and he beat her.  The rest is, as they say, history).

    Stop the politicization of crime!

    by tom 47 on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:11:52 AM PST

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