I attended two events in the Sunnyside/Woodside community just yesterday, and naturally I ran into many who came to know me when I had a (D) as my party affiliation. The first occassion was the Woodside on the Move's annual fundraiser. I always like their gathering because it's normally in Donovan's Restuarant.
After chatting with some good friends, it came over me like a hot wind that I was speaking much more freely about politics and myself. The character of the conversations were also straight to the point. When I was a (D), I had to check inside myself that I was not going to offend someone, and while they never were, these parallel discussions went on all the time.
Being a (R) is kind of like walking alone in a sea of Big Democrats. As most of the room were of the (D) variety, their reaction to my abandoning them was, while muted, mixed with a tinge of 20/20 hindsight on their part. I keep thinking about all the supposed dreams the (D)'s had for me, or at least that is what I was told. I can't buy that because the gulf between some of the core things just makes it impossible to ignore. Well, I did find that some who always straddle the fence were suddenly talking to me with an honesty I must admit I hadn't seen in a long while. Good feelings there.
Then I went over to the United 40's Civic Association. During their meeting, they announced that I had been a (D) candidate last year, but am now part of the GOP. These are also people I had met before. A kind of a quietness hit the room, but the GOPers who were in attendance let it be known to me that they could not be happier. Even the (D)'s have to admit, with (R)'s outnumbered 6 to 1, we're about the only thing that keeps reminding them that we do have a democracy, because they of course have been in power her for over a half a century.
I am also feeling like I am understanding what the (D) are really pushing once I took off the blinders. Some of the ideas I hear for our community are more akin to a shell game or some kind of smoke & mirrors exercise. Maybe I'm just paying more attention, or maybe I don't have to sit quietly anymore and try to fit in the (D) crowd. I don't know.
With the coming of spring, and this being an important election year, I have noticed many invisible politicians popping up at events and rallies recently, and definitely not like in previous years. That could be that all the Big Democrats feel a wee bit threatened this year. So out come the game faces and the smiles and all the bloviating about the things they have done.
I am rest assured that the voters are catching on to these phony tactics. But the Republicans and conservatives really need to capitalize on the golden opportunity to send all of our Big D's on their swan song by helping to get them voted out. Abandoning districts and not cultivating candidates to oppose the Big D's only serves to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Most of these Big D's say and do things that can easily be viewed as nonsense. When they march in gay rights parades scampering for votes, they may get the 1% they were looking for, but we could easily turn around and be gobbling up the silent majority because our values are theirs.
I have learned much in the past 2 years, but the way to alter the landscape is not to water their tree but to shake them from it. Trying to work with the Big D's on being more conservative is a waste of time and effort, so putting the R's in will level the playing field and bring a fresh breath of air.
During my thought process leading to my defection from the Democratic Party and into the warm embrace of the Republican camp, it was and still is important for me to analyze what it was like being a Democrat and associating in their circles.
Democrats that I have met often have these contrived conversations. As there are many, many Democrats who do not necessarily share the same values, unlike most Republicans, everybody goes into a conversation thinking how not to offend the other party's sensitivitiy to some cause they hold in high esteem.
I can think of hundreds of instances where I was in a room full of Democrats where I literally cannot think of one conversation that was relaxed and congenial. They almost all come with a tension because they tend to not accept you for who you are. They fear you might hog up all their time, and they spend most of their time looking over your shoulder to speak to the real big players.
Their politics gets in the way of their genuineness. I imagine it is easier to read sanskrit that to understand how they feel inside about anything.
So the conversations are often forced and contrived. One leaves these gathering with this tremendous sense of relief because they did not say something to someone outside of the governing orthodoxy.
Democrats, because they control all the civic and local organizations, populate them with their buddies and political allies, so it's no better there. You just know going into it that everyone you meet, barring 2 elected officials or appointees that come to my mind, has no time or use for you because you are in the minority of thought. So a kind of herd mentality takes over for them.
One reason why I said so long to the Democrats is because it always felt like I was being frog-marched rather than accepted as an equal or even a person who they might want to get to know. They have been in power so long, and have their hands on so many levers, all the oxygen gets sucked out of the room in their presence.
More on that later.
I hope this blog speaks for those in Queens County who feel isolated politically due to the domination of the borough by a small cabal of Democrats who have dominated our elected representation for over a half a century. I do believe that conservative values are shared by the silent majority. I too was a Democrat, until I realized that I agreed with nothing they were doing. So it is like being born again as a Republican.
The goal here is not just to inform, but to remind everyone of the true nature of the local Democratic establishment. Our public must know that when they are voting Democrat, they are actually voting against their own self interest, and the vitality of this community.