To find out what drives mid-Missourians to be invested in politics, we're asking people about their political motivation and involvement. We will be periodically posting responses in our From Readers section.
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Here's the second response in the series. It's from Frank Christian, a frequent commenter on the Missourian's website. A member of the community outreach team invited him to write this post.
I returned to Columbia, (my hometown) in Nov. 1955, from four years in USAF, with my only possession, a beautiful, pregnant wife from Scotland. With need to find job and housing, politics was not foremost in my thoughts. However, from WWII and the events of the "Cold War" with USSR, I believe most everyone at that time was well aware that socialism would be harmful to one's health. I voted for JFK, but had already noted his "list" to the left and had decided against him for next time, when he was assassinated. We then were shown what LBJ and the sheep in his Democrat controlled Congress could do.
As with the rest of the world, the assassination disturbed me thoroughly and I started reading to find out who would do it. As was the case with the rest, I never determined an answer, but that reading made me realize that the "home of the free" was also home to some more interested in control than having anyone be "free." During that early period I joined the Columbia Jaycees. Among the many prominent Columbians I was fortunate to have associated with was MO Representative George Parker (first Republican candidate to be elected to any political post in Boone County, since the Civil War.) For years after we both became Jaycee "exhausted roosters," George, (as was his "thing", I'm sure, with many others) used to drop by my business to keep me abreast of the political situation here at home and around the nation. Though he did not mold my political outlook, he certainly kept me up to date on the accuracy and value of it.
I am conservative. The definition of my conservatism would be: Favor all pertinent progress, as long as a firm foundation is placed beneath every step. In my opinion, before the 1960s our two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, were seen by the public as both wanting the best for America and Americans, but each just saw different ways to get there. This, obvious to those paying attention, is no longer the case. Too many Americans have now been taught that the "equality" to be provided by membership in the United Nations is the way we should go, even with the trillions that have been stolen and transferred, 25,000 murdered in Syria, while that organization and those within it have done little or nothing about the problems. The enlargement of all our problems during the last four years makes this election, and a new control of our government, absolutely necessary for the survival of our Republic.
We want to hear what you have to say. Please send us your motivations for being politically involved by filling out the form below or emailing us your response to submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com. We're looking for a diverse set of answers — long or short, broad or specific — from people of all political persuasions. If there's someone you'd like to hear from, let us know or forward the invitation along.