Here's a brief installment of the series I call They Wouldn't Believe Me, where I, Matty Boy from 2008, send a message back to folks in the past to astound and amaze them.
In this installment, present day me may be as equally amazed at the past as those from thirty years ago would be about the 21st Century, and I send back only one main fact instead of five or ten. Moreover, I send the message back to one particular person in the past instead to a wide audience.
That one person is me, or at least the version of me that existed in the late seventies.
It has been brought up on this blog, and Padre Mickey has mentioned over at the Dance Party, that I was a registered Libertarian for a time. This political infatuation meant that I did not vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976, though I did vote for him in 1980. (The only winning candidate for president I have ever voted for is Bill Clinton. Twice. As I was fond of saying in the 1990's, I'd rather have a president in whom I am disappointed instead of one who completely disgusts me.)
The main reason I was a Libertarian was that I felt the Democrats did not go far enough in reining in the assault on civil liberties that were the hallmark of the Nixon administration. I also thought the drug laws were pretty stupid and the Democrats weren't getting out in front on that issue either, so idealistic young Matty Boy was a Libertarian.
Young Matty Boy! Future self here!
Take a good look at Senator Frank Church, the guy who runs a little something called the Church committee. The Church committee set about the task of investigating decades of harsh practices of the CIA and the FBI. His work caused laws to be changed and practices such as torture, experimentation on prisoners and military and domestic surveillance to be outlawed.
You think the Democrats aren't tough enough when protecting civil liberties? Get in a time machine, come forward thirty years and tell me that to my face. I will laugh at you, ha, HA!
Those are bitter laughs of dismal experience, young man, if you didn't get that from the context.
Also, young Matty Boy! Frank Church, liberal firebrand, hailed from the great state of Idaho! Yes, Idaho! What kind of senators hail from Idaho today? I'd tell you, youthful version of me, but alas, you wouldn't believe me.
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