When ICONS Go Bad
When I was in college, I rebelled - like we all do - however I rebelled by becoming a College Republican (much to my Texas Democrat family's consternation). I not only became a C.R., I ran for president of the vast membership at Baylor
– my family continued to freak. So, to finish off my parents anguish, I ran for and won the title of chairman for the College Republican's
of Texas - WHOO HOO!. Also, at that time, Jack Abramoff
(conservative political activist and lobbyist) was my leader, my coach, my mentor who I wanted to grow up and be just like – rich, powerful and a chick-magnet (I’m being serious here). He came to Texas and wined and dined me. We went golfing, smoked cigars and enjoyed carousing around Austin
. Jack told me I could become a powerful political entity, run for office and have whatever I wanted – Jack told me a lot of things. Somehow (thank god) all the glitter and shiny-ness wore off and I lost interest in the political world my senior year.
Fast forward a few years: Early this morning, my 1st text message was from CNN – "Abramoff to plead guilty to fraud, other charges".
I read it and went back to work on projects and thought to myself how glad I am to be a political independent who is much more selective of who he chooses to vote for and who he looks to for mentoring.
Happy New Year and choose your icons wisely.CNN: Abramoff pleads guilty to contributing to the delinquency of my college major