First Political memory

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    In one of the threads in the war on terror section, Psycho claimed that one of his earliest political memories was the change in pledge of allegience to include "Under God" (Ignoring the fact that if all the information he gives us is true his date for remembering this is later than it actually happened and he would have been six years old)

    Tell me how old were your earliest political memories and what was it of?

    I think I have a few about the same time.

    First, I remember President Reagan speaking when the Spaceshuttle exploded when I was five. Don't remember much of what he actually said but I do remember knowing he was a good and decent man there.

    Second, I remember Presidetn Bush defeating Dukakis in 08. I specifically remember that the media tried to claim Pennsylvania for the Democrats although when the voting was actually counted they had to chance it for President Bush in the morning. This was when i was eight

    Third, I remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union when i was about nine or so.

    Also remember at some point of my childhood asking myself why the United states didnt allow more states to be annexed so they can receive the same Constitutional protection we all receive. Oddly enough I later saw that as unfeasable, but pondering it lately Ive concluded that it would be indeed the only real way we can have lasting peace and have a truly international government.
     
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    First memory? Being offended by Ralph Klein's remarks about sending the eastern creeps and bums back to Ontario during his run for mayor of Calgary - which he won. He's the premier of Alberta now. Anyway, I was about 7 or 8 at the time, and was left with very hurt feelings, being from Ontario and all.
     
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    I remember first the Berlin Wall (I was 7) then I remember no new taxes, but I'm pretty sure I remember it only after he raised the taxes, and I definitely had no clue as to what it even meant. The third would be my parents yelling at me to shut up while the Gulf War was on TV. I remember green tv with missiles shooting at what I thought was nothing, and then exploding.
     
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    Spaceshuttle explosion
     
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    Watching the Carter/Ford election results with my mother in 1976. I was 5 years old.
     
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    Bush/Dukakis 88. I was fascinated by the 92 election as well.

    It wasnt until the 2000 election that i saw politics for what it really is though. I really didnt know where i stood at that point in my life. I was 19 years old and just learning the ways of the world. I voted for Bush but didnt know anything about him and actually almost voted for Gore just because i knew who he was from the previous 8 years. If it wasnt for the complete ignorance and vile shown by Democrats during the 2000 election, i might not have been as staunch a conservative as i am today.
     
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    1996 (i think) ... my father was runnung for state assemblyman....i staplegunned my hand to a campaign sign....he won anyway
     
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    Reagan-Gorbachev: SDI, Afghanistan, glasnost, perestroika, et cetera.
     
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    Sputnik October 4, 1957. Not politics, but political because it launched us into the space race. Then the JFK election, some of his speeches, the bay of pigs, the Cuban missile crisisÂ…etc
     
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    The Bush/Dukakis election of '88. Everyone kept refering to it as a "race", so in my 5 year-old mind I honestly thought the President was selected by means of a cross-country running event.
     

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