Monthly Archives: August 2012

HOW I BECAME A REPUBLICAN

In March 2010, changing my voter registration to Republican was a pretty easy decision.

You know the story of that spring’s events. In January, Massachusetts elected a Republican to replace Ted Kennedy. The most vocal proponent of health care reform left a vacant seat that voters filled with someone who said he would prevent the law now known as Obamacare from passing the Senate again. Anthony Weiner said that when it came to health care reform, it was clear that his party had a problem on that issue.

A short time later, Paul Ryan told President Obama to his face that they needed to abandon the current version of the law and start over. Ryan told Obama that if he thought Americans wanted a government takeover of health care, he simply wasn’t listening. He wasn’t.

In a vulgar display of power, Nancy Pelosi rolled the pro-life Democrats who were holding out, and she strutted to the House floor carrying a cartoonish oversized gavel for a Sunday morning vote.

During the debate over this law, I became familiar with my Congressman, Tim Murphy, and other notable GOP lawmakers. The resistance they showed on behalf of the American people was quite compelling. I took note of it.

After the vote went down, and outraged Americans like me began rising up to demand a change in our government, I asked two simple questions:

First, how did America come to be ruled by (in their words) a government that felt it did not need to listen to our voices?

Second, and more importantly, how do you fix such a situation?

The answers came easily. This happened because of elections. It would be fixed through elections.

That was a life-changing epiphany for me, and while I was still skeptical of Republicans, they were willing to fight for me and my family on this critical issue. No Republicans voted for Obamacare. That was enough for me to change my registration the last week of March 2010, and it was an easy decision.

But in October 2010, I met the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

I went to that meeting skeptical, but what I heard there was comforting and inspiring.

The woman I had called to RSVP had a car with eyelashes on the headlights and Tinkerbell seat covers.

As I walked into the meeting with her, I was interested in learning more about these folks.

I ended up hearing from Congressman Murphy that night, and he gave us some good news about the election, and answered our questions.

I can’t say I become a big “R” Republican that night, but I certainly left the meeting with an interest to learn more.

Today, I serve the Republican voters of my district as their County Committeeman.

I can trace this back to that night in October 2010, when I went from being a skeptical registered Republican to a happily involved one.

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