In a time when our President was stuck in foreign policy quagmire in th Middle East, and there was also an economic crisis threatening every American household, it's easy to understand how an 18 year old college freshman from Indiana would cast a vote for change and a new direction for the future.
It's what I did - but the year was 1980, and Barack Obama was not running for President, he was voting for the first time as well. The hope and change candidate who prevailed that year was Ronald Reagan. But he wasn't the candidate I supported. I voted for John Anderson. I voted for John Anderson, who promised he would raise the tax on gasoline by 50 cents a gallon at a time when gas prices had soared more than at any previous time in our history.
But John Anderson would not send me, or my friends, off to war. John Anderson was different from Jimmy Carter, who had miserably failed to deal with the crisis of Americans held hostage in Iran. Jimmy Carter has also reinstituted the Selective Service registration, in the event he at some point decided we needed to draft young men to go to war. Jimmy Carter's friends, who have tried to rewrite history to make him into a lover of peace should include that fact in their praise and love of him.