It was the Presidential Election of 1968, my second year in Western Theological Seminary, that D and I registered for the first time to vote.
We came from GOP families, I mean, GOP families, most of whom are still GOP.
We registered as Dems.
A few years later, after a stint in the coal fields of West Virginia, D and I were in Altoona, and I had prayer for the local Democratic group and said to them, before the prayer, that "I am a Democrat, because the Democratic Party has a clear and consistent record on behalf of people - and that all of this is consistent with my Christian Faith."
D and I have never looked back, but only forward. D's score is perfect; mine?
In 1980, in some fit of bi-partisan foolishness, I cast my vote for Reagan, something that has shamed me ever since.
With that exception, I'm Blue ... True Blue, all the way, because I believe in helping people, in doing everything, anything, to make life better.
And I believe in people ... people want a shot at life, a chance; people want to love and be loved; to have families and rear their children in peace; to eat pizza and have a vacation now and then; they want good schools and good jobs, and then come to retirement with confidence that there'll be enough to make it.
I believe in people, and I believe in God, and those two beliefs are pretty much the same ...
And I'm Blue to the core ...