From Liberal to Conservative, my journey by Reverend Ryan
First of all I will start with saying that I decided to opt out of the two party system a long time ago when I started supporting Ralph Nader back in the 2000 election and previous. I decided after arguing with my father who was very much on the fence on the liberal/conservative topic, but voted democrat because Ronald Reagan let him down, that I was going to opt out of the two party system because they did not seem concerned about our best interest, just what makes the most difference to getting campaign funds and sponsors. I started researching Ralph Nader and I really liked his plan for ‘direct democracy’ and I liked that he was genuine and sincere. I didn’t realize how unrealistic his agenda was at the time, but I supported him based on his career and his sincerity. I have always opposed abortion and illegal immigration and such, and Ralph and I have always differed on that. But I think I felt let down the same way that my father did, I just took a different avenue. However, my father and I had some of our most close moments when we would argue politics. It was something that he and I did frequently and it sure makes me miss him when I think about this stuff.
In 2008 I mentioned my support for Ralph Nader in this video (around minute 2:00).
Even though just 4 years later I would vote for someone who is nearly the polar opposite of Nader, and that is Ron Paul.
But this shows how drastic my transition was. I went from leaning very liberal, to going completely conservative in just four years.
This had very much to do with the monarchy / two party system in this county.
Obama made a bunch of promises and obligations and did not keep them. I remained optimistic for years, but like many others he majorly let me down.
Conservativism makes sense to me, in much the same way that Thomas Sowell describes his metamorphosis from being a Marxist in his early career to transitioning to a Conservative/Libertarian in time.
Beyond that, I agree almost 100% now with Ron Paul now that I have a better understanding of how things work in politics.
Just a few points to make from Ron Paul, and since this is a cannabis blog I will try to focus on those topics even though it has a broader reach than just cannabis.
- Ron Paul Speech To National Organization For The Reform Of Marijuana Laws Or NORML (1988)
- Ron Paul NORML Interview
- Ron Paul on Morton Downey Show in 1988 (Part 1)
Ron Paul has been fighting for cannabis legalization since before Hempfest was founded. Ron Paul had reached 10s of millions of people before Hempfest was even a twinkle in Vivian McPeak’s eye. When cannabis wasn’t cool, Ron Paul stood up for personal liberties in this regard and others. Even though he has never been a cannabis consumer.
These are the reasons and many others including reducing debt and ending slavery, is why I will remain conservative.
Even if I don’t vote republican. In fact I have only voted Republican once in my life. I will remain conservative.
But some folks like to make that sound like people who are conservative are in a religion, or a cult. I feel the same way about anyone wrapped up in the two party system. The difference is that I can adjust my political prospective based on facts and evidence and most other folks do not and will not. I went from being very liberal to being conservative.
When was the last time you adjusted your ideology?
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