Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

–Ronald Reagan

Chapter 10. Elected to the Republican slate of delegates for Richard Nixon from the Great State of Tennessee…

Elected to the Republican slate of del­e­gates for Richard Nixon from the Great State of Tennessee, I was in no way a king­mak­er. After all, Richard Nixon raked in 5,378,704 votes in the pri­ma­ry or 86.92% of the votes cast, and 47,168,710 votes or 60.7% of those votes cast in the November gen­er­al, a pul­sat­ing land­slide vic­to­ry, mea­sur­ably meek how­ev­er be­side the Electoral College wipe­out. The na­tion had spo­ken. The hip­pies had lost. Only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia sang blue. Voting District by vot­ing dis­trict went red. The sta­tis­ti­cal maps of this elec­tion are tru­ly work the search. Nixon. in a moon­walk, snagged 520 votes. George McGovern, pulled in a pal­try 17, had lost his own home state. A sin­gle vote for the Libertarian can­di­date from California, a man now square­ly for­got­ten and ir­rel­e­vant in most cir­cles to­day is worth not­ing how­ev­er. In cher­ished EC, and should we add—Libertarian—tradition, whence elec­tors re­tain their au­ton­o­my and free will of a sorts, a faith­less elec­tor, Roger MacBride, orig­i­nal­ly pledged to vote for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, in­stead punched the Libertarian tick­et in protest of some­thing now lost to ob­scu­ri­ty, if not his­to­ry it­self. In United States pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, a faith­less elec­tor is a mem­ber of the Electoral College who does not vote for the can­di­date they have pledged to vote for. Faithless elec­tors are pledged elec­tors and thus dif­fer­ent from un­pledged elec­tors. Now, name the tick­et the en­ter­pris­ing Virginia elec­tor Roger MacBride sup­port­ed in the 1972 EC. Trivia buffs, quick­ly, for $1000, the an­swer is…

On 158 oc­ca­sions, elec­tors have cast their votes for President or Vice President in a man­ner dif­fer­ent from that pre­scribed by the leg­is­la­ture of the state they rep­re­sent­ed. Of those, 71 votes were changed be­cause the orig­i­nal can­di­date died be­fore the elec­tor was able to cast a vote. Two votes were not cast at all when elec­tors chose to ab­stain from cast­ing their elec­toral vote for any can­di­date. The re­main­ing 85 were changed by the elector’s per­son­al in­ter­est, or per­haps by ac­ci­dent. Usually, the faith­less elec­tors act alone. An ex­cep­tion was the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of 1836, in which 23 Virginia elec­tors con­spired to change their vote to­geth­er. What is it with the Virginians?

The me­dia were much more thor­ough back in the Nixon years than they are now in the Obama era. The Convention made the news that night. Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA) and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) were the on­ly can­di­dates who per­son­al­ly greet­ed the del­e­gates. The re­main­ing can­di­dates of both ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties sent stand-in rep­re­sen­ta­tion or sur­ro­gates, as they call them now, to speak in glow­ing terms for their can­di­dates.

At sev­en­teen, dirty hand pol­i­tics had waft­ed in on Sandburg’s lit­tle cat’s feet, as­sum­ing the form of school work which had al­ways been and would re­main my refuge from the war at home. School was a or­ga­niz­ing box of pret­ty but dis­or­ga­nized relics I couldn’t take se­ri­ous­ly un­til I arranged and re-arranged them to suit my will, to suit the sen­si­bil­i­ty that gave every­one a fair shot at be­com­ing them­selves with steal­ing that chance from oth­er, but in its most ba­sic form, it had al­ways been an es­cape in­to the ten­der worlds of great­ness more fit­ting the flu­id self, the per­fect tra­verse, the an­gle that had nev­er been mea­sured, the cal­cu­la­tion that on­ly a name could sup­ply, the hour of the wit­ness who would al­ways stop short of sanc­ti­fy­ing a lie where mag­ni­fy­ing men die. sigh­ing women cry, and the chil­dren sim­ply stop be­ing born. I nev­er imag­ined my­self hav­ing to fight oth­ers to win a place of be­long­ing, a place of grace, a place where smart suc­cess­ful peo­ple were smart and suc­cess­ful enough to share what they had with not just the friends of strength and fame but its en­e­mies just as gen­er­ous­ly. After Daly Chicago, the tele­vised ri­ots of 1968, Vietnam all these years, I hard­ly knew what to think about America, so oth­er than mem­o­riz­ing facts and en­ter­tain­ing class­mates with long rolling im­per­ti­nent de­bates

“Freedom is nev­er more than one gen­er­a­tion away from ex­tinc­tion. We didn’t pass it to our chil­dren in the blood­stream. It must be fought for, pro­tect­ed, and hand­ed on for them to do the same”

Government does not solve prob­lems; it sub­si­dizes them.
Ronald Reagan

How do you tell a com­mu­nist? Well, it’s some­one who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s some­one who un­der­stands Marx and Lenin.
Ronald Reagan

I fa­vor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be en­forced at gun­point if nec­es­sary.
Ronald Reagan

I’ve nev­er been able to un­der­stand why a Republican con­trib­u­tor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic con­trib­u­tor of the same amount of mon­ey is a ‘public-spirited phil­an­thropist’.
Ronald Reagan

I have won­dered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Ronald Reagan

Governments tend not to solve prob­lems, on­ly to re­arrange them. Government al­ways finds a need for what­ev­er mon­ey it gets. Government’s view of the econ­o­my could be summed up in a few short phras­es: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps mov­ing, reg­u­late it. And if it stops mov­ing, sub­si­dize it.
Ronald Reagan

Government ex­ists to pro­tect us from each oth­er. Where gov­ern­ment has gone be­yond its lim­its is in de­cid­ing to pro­tect us from our­selves. Government’s first du­ty is to pro­tect the peo­ple, not run their lives.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as vi­o­lent as a mug­ger, as fright­en­ing as an armed rob­ber and as dead­ly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Ronald Reagan

No gov­ern­ment ever vol­un­tar­i­ly re­duces it­self in size. Government pro­grams, once launched, nev­er dis­ap­pear. Actually, a gov­ern­ment bu­reau is the near­est thing to eter­nal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

Information is the oxy­gen of the mod­ern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the elec­tri­fied bor­ders.
Ronald Reagan

If the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be wait­ing for an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment.
Ronald Reagan

Politics I sup­posed to be the second-oldest pro­fes­sion. I have come to re­al­ize that it bears a very close re­sem­blance to the first.
Ronald Reagan

Politics is just like show busi­ness. You have a hell of an open­ing, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
Ronald Reagan

Trust, but ver­i­fy.
Ronald Reagan

Within the cov­ers of the Bible are the an­swers for all the prob­lems men face.
Ronald Reagan

Don’t read the NYT. It’s bad for your teeth. Or some­thing.
GT

We can’t help every­one, but every­one can help some­one.
Ronald Reagan

If I eat enough bread and rice, maybe I will be­come too big to fail.
GT

A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
Ronald Reagan

You can tell alot about a fellow’s char­ac­ter by his way of eat­ing jelly­beans.
Ronald Reagan

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
Ronald Reagan

We must re­ject the idea that every time a law’s bro­ken, so­ci­ety is guilty rather than the law­break­er. It is time to re­store the American pre­cept that each in­di­vid­ual is ac­count­able for his ac­tions.
Ronald Reagan

The most ter­ri­fy­ing words in the English lan­guage are: I’m from the gov­ern­ment and I’m here to help.
Ronald Reagan

Today, if you in­vent a bet­ter mouse­trap, the gov­ern­ment comes along with a bet­ter mouse.
Ronald Reagan

There are no con­straints on the hu­man mind, no walls around the hu­man spir­it, no bar­ri­ers to our progress ex­cept those we our­selves erect.
Ronald Reagan

The tax­pay­er – that’s some­one who works for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment but doesn’t have to take the civ­il ser­vice ex­am­i­na­tion.
Ronald Reagan
Recession is when a neigh­bor los­es his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Ronald Reagan

Approximately 80% of our air pol­lu­tion stems from hy­dro­car­bons re­leased by veg­e­ta­tion, so let’s not go over­board in set­ting and en­forc­ing tough emis­sion stan­dards from man-made sources. Ronald Reagan

Both par­ties have al­ready loot­ed so­cial se­cu­ri­ty over the years, to the tune of 2.6 tril­lion, re­plac­ing the mon­ey with non-negotiable pa­per – and they just don’t want to pay it back. So in­stead, they did what any out-of-control gov­ern­ment does.. they de­vised a plan to pun­ish their vic­tims. They should all be in­dict­ed and have their per­son­al prop­er­ty seized like you and I would suf­fer once we were caught em­bez­zling. Nobody asked us if it was okay to ‘borrow” that mon­ey. Straight up fraud.

At the Democratic Primary, with hun­dreds of del­e­gates an­gry at McGovern for one rea­son or an­oth­er, the vote was chaot­ic, with at least three oth­er can­di­dates hav­ing their names put in­to nom­i­na­tion and votes scat­tered over 70 can­di­dates (in­clud­ing one, Mao Zedong, who was not from the United States and was in fact a Communist leader in China). Now that Mao has made it in­to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion…

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