Political conversion is like divorce, you don’t expect to ever do it — until it hits you that it’s time to do it.
Politics hooked me young as my hometown GOP elders took me under their right wings. One year’s hot-button issue was having primaries instead of convention nominations. The elders spoke against primaries — expensive, tough to organize, exposes us to the press and to riffraff…
Elders carefully drilled us convention delegates on the primary issue, but at voting time, I only remembered their word “riffraff.” Only two others and I from our large delegation stood up for primaries. I soon lost my taste for politics, found a South Florida job offer, and moved.
I already objected to the party’s hatred and intolerance, and Miami’s tolerance provided me with other points of view and opinions to examine and consider. Like Crist, I eventually switched parties. Intelligent, open-minded citizens change our minds on issues as our conscience evolves. Intelligent, open-minded politicians will too.
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Marie Grime, Miami