The Old Fool is aware of the political climate of our time. He believes there should be respectful and substantive discussion of political issues, and he hopes that such discussions might take place on this website. Perhaps the place to begin is for The Old Fool to give an account of his own forays into political points of view. He acknowledges that he has been on a journey and he believes he may be able to acccount for the present by reviewing the past.
1932 was an important year in The Old Fool’s life. He celebrated his sixth birthday and walked up the hill with his older brother to meet the bus that would take him for eight years to the South Hamilton Township School. The school had four rooms, eight grades, and four teachers. The teacher of grades seven and eight was the only male and also the principal .
One day the little boy who became The Old Fool came home with a question for his mother and Aunt Lizzie. (His father must have been away from home on a Bible teaching mission.) The question: Am I a Democrat or a Republican? Mother deferred to her sister, Lizzie, because she was the older of the two. After thinking a moment or two, Aunt Lizzie said, “I believe you are a Republican.”
The Old Fool learned later that one of Aunt Lizzie’s ancestors had run for membership on a school board on the Republican ticket.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat, and Herbert Hoover, Republican, were competing for the presidency. Hoover was presiding over a severe economic depression and Roosevelt made the most of it. Although Pennsylvania was one of the three states carried by Hoover, the little boy who became The Old Fool remembers it as a bad time to be a Republican. When a poll was taken at school the next day, Democrats swept the school as they did the nation.
To be continued