Personally, I admit to being a rather conservative thinker. One might say “Jay you’re only that way because your parents are”. WRONG! My pops is a moderate Democrat and my mother is a right leaning independent. Others like Matt might say “Jay you don’t think freely because you love the conservative party line”.
Well let me tell you a story about Jay P. Jay P. Gobeil grew up going to a public school where liberalism was preached from an early age. When Jay was in middle school and began to find politics to his liking, he decided he was a proud liberal and he loved the green party. Then came eighth grade, the presidential election was beginning to get into full swing. Naturally, Jay worked once for Mr. Crazy lib himself Howard Dean. Jay was not able to think. Then, Jay started to do research. Jay started to look at the issues and say “hmmm I don’t really agree with this any more… Did I in the first place???” Jay decided that he was a liberal Republican and would support President George W. Bush for reelection because it made sense to him. Jay still, however, was a very liberal dude…
Then came the moderate year! Ahh ninth grade, first year of high school! Jay was a giant John McCain fan back then. He loved his senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe! Jay was a true TR in the making. A real Bull Moose!!! But then, by sophomore year, came the tipping point. Jay plunged deep into the depths of what Matt would call “stupidity” and “not being able to think for one’s self”. Jay became a conservative… Jay found that the conservative message made sense to him, much more than the moderate one of senators like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Jay soon began to support the Steve Laffey’s of the world and the Rick Santorums. Jay found that he agreed with many of the principles he once (earlier in life) hated. Jay had made a perfect 180.
Now we come to Jay junior year. Jay is still a conservative chap but he is continually changing his stances and viewpoints on certain things. Jay now, as opposed to sophomore year, considers himself a more libertarian style Republican. A conservative Libertarian perhaps??
After much research and inner debate, Jay has undergone a full transformation from, basically, socialism to conservatism based on his conscience and what he thinks is right. Jay has done research to see WHY he believes what he does. Jay is now a fan of Democrat Zell Miller and admires Zell’s old-time, Democratic, small town approach to conservatism. Jay has a profound respect for Joe Lieberman, even though Joe is a liberal and ran for V.P. with the Al “the sky is falling” Gore campaign in 2000. Jay is a major MAJOR fan of Rudi Guiliani and might just vote for Guiliani in 2008 (even though Rudi disagrees with him on MOST social issues). I guess it’s just too bad Jay falls into such lockstep with the Conservatives… I guess he’s just not a freethinker after all!