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Politics: Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa

Updated on December 7, 2017
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Graduated NYU in 1964. Worked in NYC for 2 years in public relations then as reporter and editor before retiring from The Hour newspaper.

Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill in Potsdam

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays

Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, 4th Congressional District, Connecticut. Aug. 18, 1987  Jan. 3, 2009
Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, 4th Congressional District, Connecticut. Aug. 18, 1987 Jan. 3, 2009

The first time I registered to vote in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1952, I declined to choose a political party, even though I had campaigned for -- read that "wore a lapel button for" -- Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

Wanting to be sure I wasn't jumping to any conclusions, I took on the status of "independent" -- read that "unaffiliated."

It did not take me long, however, to realize that there was no way I could ever consider being a Republican. I thought Roosevelt was a wonderful president who, despite his personal wealth, fought for the little guy (me.) April 1945 was a tough time for Harry Truman to become president, having to take office at the death of a popular president in the waning days of World War II.

The Best President We Ever Had

Truman turned out to be what I believe historians will someday rate as the best president we ever had -- even better, I think, than Thomas Jefferson (or Abraham Lincoln) because the United States was a far more complicated country in the 1940's.

I learned very early in life that there is a chasm between Democrats and Republicans that is impossible to cross over. If you're a Democrat, you can't sit by and watch people suffer -- whether it be from hunger, unemployment, lack of medical care, unconscionable working conditions or inability to finance education. If you're a Republican, you merely declare, "If I made it, so can you; fend for yourself."

It became essential, therefore, to vote Democratic; to do otherwise would be foolish for it would be giving support to someone who believes nearly the exact opposite of what I believe. Voting for "the man" -- or "the woman" -- instead of the party would have the same effect -- no matter how good that person may be on a personal level.

In line with this thinking, I have always voted Democratic.

Until last November!

A Tragic Mistake

Last November I voted for U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays. It was a tragic mistake. I should have known better.

I have no excuses to offer. I was wrong. I was stupid. I went against everything I believe.

By way of explanation, however, I can only say I was swayed by a debate I watched on local television. The candidates opposing Shays appeared so lackluster, so ill-informed, so unqualified that I led myself to believe that Shays would do a better job representing the 4th Congressional District.

Mea culpa! I was so wrong!

Shays, who I thought was making an effort to travel the middle of the political road, has not only signed the unholy "Contract With America," but also has hooked his star to its author, the wild-eyed ultra conservative Newt Gingrich, speaker of the House of Representatives.

Shays wants what Gingrich wants. Take money from the poor, the elderly and the disenfranchised and give it to the wealthy, the influential and the powerful. Make students, low-income workers and retired persons pay more and get less. Allow the rich and powerful to pay less and get more.

The Right Is Wrong

Of course, I shouldn't be surprised. This has always been the philosophy of the Republican right. And they've always been successful in getting middle income Americans to believe that they'll get a piece of their pie. Most middle class, middle-income Americans, unfortunately, never catch on.

My grammar school teachers, who were Sisters of Charity, often said that everyone makes mistakes, but the important thing is to make every effort not to repeat them.

Believe me; I will never make that mistake again!

I wrote this column as a "My View" for The Hour newspaperof Norwalk, Conn., on Oct. 28, 1995. I now write my views on a wide variety of topics on HubPages.

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      William F Torpey 10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Thanks, Zsuzsy Bee. It still hurts when I think of it. I hope we can avoid the same mistake here in November.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      With 99.99999% of politicians it's always shiny promises; until they've been elected. I did the same, here in Canada, I suported the wrong Clown. He made the promises, I believed in the future full of good changes. Now we've got to put up with the let-down...

      Great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      William F Torpey 10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Shays has somehow fooled a lot of people. He was a conscientious objector when it was his turn to serve, but he was the first to urge that we "take out" Saddam Hussein. I was his opponent's press secretary at the time, but my efforts to get her to attack him for "war mongering" failed. He's good at taking both sides of every issue. He was big on campaign finance reform, for instance, but he always outspent his opponents by large margins. When I asked him why he took money from Enron, he maintained he didn't take money from Enron, he took money from Enron employees.

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      Ralph Deeds 10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Interesting. I wasn't aware what a shit Shays is. Heretofore, I thought of him as one of the more benign Bepublicans.

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