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They Told Me I Would Become a Republican (1972-1973)

They Told Me I Would Become a Republican (1972-1973)

©1972, 1973, 2013 by Dallas Denny

Source: Denny, Dallas. (1972 and 1973). Unpublished notes.






When I was in my early twenties, older and supposedly wiser heads assured me that by the time I was 40 I would be voting Republican.

Richard Nixon, a horrible man, was President. I knew in my heart I would never vote Republican. And I’ve not.

Well, there was one exception. In 1974, as a favor to a friend, I voted in the Republican primary, casting my ballot for Lamar Alexander as the GOP’s candidate for Governor of Tennessee—and I paid a price for it. Alexander lost (although he would gain the governorship four years later. Democratic Governor Ray Blanton’s patronage committee black-flagged me for state jobs. Blanton has (deservedly) been ranked as one of the top ten most corrupt American politicians.

Lesson learned.

So… as I write this, I’m 64 years old. I’m not a huge fan of Democrats, but on the balance they’re an order of magnitude less corrupt and crazy than Republicans and Republicans-in-disguise-masquerading-as-libertarians, so I vote the Democratic ticket. Despite the years and the predictions of my friends, I’ve not become a Republican.

So there.

Here are two politically-oriented short pieces I wrote in 1972 and 1973, during the waning hours of my evening shift, while working as a psychiatric aide at Central State Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thoughts (1972) (PDF)

Personal Preferences (1973) (PDF)