Since I have known Peter all his short life and sometimes suspect that the words "Conservative" and "Republican" were stamped into his genetic code before birth, I thought it was time to present some of Peter's conservative credentials and you can judge for yourself. (After all, merely reading National Review and believing President Bush is God does not a conservative make, as some are inclined to think.)
- a native and resident of Long Island, the birthplace of the Grumman F-series of fighter jets and the Republic p-36. Largely settled by Irish and Italian Catholic WWII vets, Long Island is a conservative Republican mecca with a Catholic church, a VFW Hall and a Knights of Columbus Hall in every neighborhood. (I'm not kidding.)
- the namesake of his paternal grandfather, a WWII Air Force pilot who flew B-29's, was a lifetime member of the John Birch Society, battled an unnamed government agency for years, and keeps a copy of the Constitution enshrined in his living room to this day.
- serious student of American history from an early age. By the age of 10, he was reading history textbooks like they were Hardy Boy novels. He can recite the names of all the Presidents, has the Constitution almost completely memorized and has a 1000-page biography of some famous American constantly in hand.
- a devotee of WWII history. He has read every book in the town library on World War II and can name every major battle and offensive with its date and location.
- has read multiple books and watched every documentary ever made on the life of Ronald Reagan.
- has read Right From the Beginning, The Day of Reckoning, Where the Right Went Wrong, and The Death of the West by Pat Buchanan, a Catholic and the foremost conservative commentator on the scene today.
Furthermore, Peter is also
- a killer first-baseman and has an extensive autographed collection of baseball and football cards
- a fan of old movies and Frank Sinatra
- a senior altar boy at our Church and can serve both the English and Latin Mass
- an expert on WWII planes which he and his brothers can identify in flight as they rumble overhead on their way to Republic Airport twice a year here
- a Shakespeare actor in his homeschool theater group
- a middle-distance sprinter and long-jumper
- in love with every other girl he meets (or is that every girl he meets?)
- the proud owner of a vintage Seiko watch given to him by a decorated WWII vet and good friend.
If you're still not convinced, Peter also
- loves to wear suits and ties
- belongs to the Suffolk County Young Republicans
- wants to be a lawyer, a paratrooper, a history or French professor and the President of the United States
Everyone likes to throw labels around indiscriminately, but let me assure you that despite his young age, Peter is a true-blue, old-school, authentic, and very well-informed American conservative. I'm afraid that some of his critics, though, are on their way to becoming European-style fascists who can't (and won't) recognize a tyranny until it rolls over them in a tank.