I am about to admit something to all of you. It may change the way you feel about me. I hope not but it might. I have harbored this secret since I was about 12 years old.
I love politics.
There I said it. I love them. I secretly aspire to be a politician. I'm not sure I would ever really do it. But I love the idea of it.
When I was young I was in the Saskatchewan Youth Parliament. I loved it. The feeling when you walk in the legislative building is amazing. I think everyone should tour the Parliament/Legislative buildings at least once in your lifetime. To me it was awe inspire-ring.
This is Preston Manning. He was a Reform Party big wig in the '80's and '90's. He was a strong push behind the idea that the West didn't really get any attention to what we needed because our population base isn't big enough to warrant it.
I loved him. I loved the idea of the West getting "what we deserved". And to my 16 year old brain it sounded just right. It was a perfect outlet for my ideas. With a hint of rebellion tied in that suited my teenage years perfectly. (I was a lame teenager.)
And one day, my friends dad, who was helping with the handshaking part of Preston Mannings job in our community, arranged to have him speak to our class. I got to ask him a question. I got to meet him. I even got to shake his hand and I was forever enamored! I think one could say I swooned.
To this day when I think of it my heart races. I don't think that I have gotten any cooler as I grew up.
I will continue to follow politics. Reading about it, listening to it, and watching on tv will for now satisfy my craving.
I would love to hear from other political junkies out there. I can't be the only one...can I?