It's really saying something that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez only gave the third best speech of the evening. One of the lines that resonated with my parents came at the end of this bit:
I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up.
What we have now are politicians. They won't offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else.
And I don't say that just because a Democrat is in the White House. I was a Democrat for many years. So were my parents.
Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted.
So, I told Chuck, we'll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye.
But we talked about issues-they never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal.
We talked about many issues, like welfare - is it a way of life, or a hand-up?
Talked about the size of government — how much should it tax families and small businesses?
And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, "I'll be damned, we're Republicans."
My Dad used to be a Democrat. His story about how my mother converted him is probably too long and convoluted to go into. He became a Republican back when Reagan was just a governor, but he would fit into the Reagan Democrat category.But did you used to be a liberal or a Democrat? Did you have an "a-ha" moment like Gov. Martinez did? And, if so, can you tell us about it?