My First Voting Experience
February 19, 2010
I just finished reading “Better Government Report,” a study of the rank, raw, unbridled corruption in Cook County, Illinois.
I was born and raised in Chicago. I spent the first 29 years of my life there. I was a radio reporter for WBBM, CBS in Chicago. I saw first hand the fruits of corruption. I know more about it than I have revealed, but that is not the purpose of this editorial.
I am inspired because growing up in the only Republican household in the neighborhood was risky business even for a child. For example, during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1940 campaign for re-election to a third term, in the apartment building we lived in all of our neighbors had photos of FDR.
However, our window was the only one with the picture of Republican challenger, Wendell L. Wilkie.
You would have thought my father was committing a crime. I took abuse from other kids who warned that some day someone might throw a brick through the window.
Can you imagine? Here you had all those Democrats in an overwhelming, almost 100 percent Democrat city. And yet people were upset because one American allegedly protected by the Constitution of the United States of America, was supporting the Republican candidate!
My mother, who was a very timorous person anyway, suggested that my father should remove the picture of Mr. Wilkie. My father said he would not remove it. He said America was supposed to be about liberty and besides, he hated Franklin Delano Roosevelt! He said Roosevelt was a liar and had really done nothing to end the depression, and was angling to join Britain in the war.
But, even though my father had ample reason for voting against Roosevelt, that was beside the point. The point was a person should vote for whichever candidate he favored and should not be afraid to make known his preference if he chose.
Even though the ballot was secret and even though no one was supposed to be looking over your shoulder in the private voting booth, no one should violate your constitutional right to vote for whomever you wished.
But, growing up in Chicago, I became more determined to be a loyal Republican. I wanted to show those Democrat thugs that I was not going to be bullied and march in lockstep with the “crooked” party.
And so, when I was 21-years-old (in those days you could not vote until you were 21), being allowed to vote once you were 18 didn’t happen until 1971, I believe.) My first vote was cast for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. I voted for Ike even though, at the time of the 1952 election, I was doing a once a month radio program with Ike's opponent, Illinois Governor, Adlai Stevenson.
Stevenson was a good man who really didn’t fit the mold of the Kelly-Nash Democrat machine which ran Chicago and Cook County. But, I knew Stevenson was weak when it came to foreign policy and would have let Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union walk all over us.
Also, I knew Eisenhower had great experience as Supreme Allied Commander and was a decent, honest man. But mainly, I felt that the stranglehold the Democrat party had on every level of government had to be ended, so it was quite easy to vote as I did.
Getting back to the report by this non-partisan, academic organization, I wish every American would read it and then they would understand why I have stressed in all of my radio broadcasts how dangerous it is to have one-party rule.
And you will have a better understanding of why Barack Obama is the dishonest, lying hypocrite he is. President Obama is no different than any other politician who has been weened in Chicago politics.
Take it from me. Unfortunately, I know too well. Please let me know what you think about this editorial. Send an e-mail to me at BobGrantOnline.com. And listen to my radio show on WABC 770, every Sunday afternoon from 12 noon until 2 p.m.