November 5th, 1980 – Wednesday

It is very early Wednesday morning – like 2:20 to be exact. I just wanted to jot down real quick that Ronald Reagan is the new President of the United States. I still can’t believe it.

Earlier this evening there was an election party on the 3rd floor. All the T.V.’s were going and the place was all decorated – the whole hall! It was great. But when I heard that Carter might concede I got upset. And then when he did concede, I was near tears. I just couldn’t believe it. I thought for sure that Carter had it in the bag. And when he started losing – or rather  when it was obvious that he had absolutely no chance whatsoever to win it, everyone was saying that they knew he (Reagan) was gonna win it. Where the hell have I been?! I’m so confused! Are these the same people who were telling me that Carter was going to win? Do they know what the hell they’re taking about? I’m so upset that things turned out the way they did. I’m stunned. I just can’t understand it. I feel like I’ve been missing in time and space here and things turned around without me knowing it.

What really gets me pissed is that all summer I was for Reagan. I kept saying that he seemed like a nice guy and how he had some good ideas. I liked Reagan. But everyone got on my case about it. They put him down and said all sorts of nasty shit about him. The thing that got me the most pissed was when they said stuff about his acting career. Who gives a shit if he was an actor – a bad actor. We’re talking politics here.

So anyway – I got a lot of shit. So, I get to COLLEGE – the big C – and I hear more about Anderson. And then more and more. So, who the hell do I vote for? Anderson. I didn’t really want to. I was so confused. It seemed like the right thing to do. But I didn’t feel right about it. Right after I mailed my absentee ballot out, I had this awful, horrible feeling that I had made a mistake. I really had wanted to vote for Reagan. And so it goes… Reagan won. Wow – it’s pretty neat, but honestly, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

“Hey! I’m gonna get you, too! Another one bites the dust!”

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