1988 was my first chance to vote in a presidential election. That November I cast a vote for George Herbert Walker Bush. To add to that I was a delegate to the state GOP convention on behalf of Bush. Also, I should note that since 1988 I've regretted that vote.
I later learned of Ron Paul and discovered that he ran for president in 1988 and I was eligible to cast a vote for him. If I hadn't had my head so far up GOP establishment I would've been more aware of my choices. I do remember seeing Ron Paul on the Morton Downey Jr. show and he was being criticized for his opposition to the war on drugs. I knew his position made him out of the mainstream and I continued to believe that a vote cast for Bush would serve to keep our country from stepping in Dukakis.
In 1996 I discovered Harry Browne and he was the first man I was truly proud to cast a vote for. Ron Paul had just come back to congress and during the eight years that I had last seen him on TV my own political views had gravitated toward his. Since 1992 I had not cast my vote for any Republican until this year.
Three years ago when I ran into Ron Paul in the foyer of the Canon House office building I told him if he ran again, I would vote for him. I never thought he would but the offer was an attempt to correct my ill-conceived vote from 1988.
This month though afforded me the opportunity for full redemption. Above is the photo of me casting my primary vote for Ron Paul. And though I still regard Harry Browne as the man I was most proud to cast a vote for, my vote for Ron Paul is still a very special one...and one 20 years overdue.