I follow conservatives. I follow libertarians.
I learn a lot from both. I love them both.
Darrell Cherry is no different. He’s a conservative and a constitutionalist. He loves America, individual rights, and private property.
Darrell is someone we need more of. Heck, every person I feature on The Political Informer is someone we need more of.
Whether it’s asking important political questions on Google+ or posting insightful articles on his website, Darrell does it right.
Plus, he’s a friendly guy, so it shouldn’t take you long to get to know him (which is something I encourage you to do).
If you’re wondering why I’m doing these interviews, it would help you to read this article. That should catch you up.
Now let’s get started with the interview with Darrell Cherry…
Here’s a Few Questions with Darrell Cherry
Who are you? And what are you known for?
Husband, father of four; not known for much other than these two accomplishments!
How old were you when got into politics?
I got into politics with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1979.
What attracted you to politics?
Ronald Reagan attracted me into politics. I lived through the gas lines of the 70’s and I remember Jimmy Carter’s malaise. The air was palpable with uncertainty and America seemed in decline.
Reagan disposition and attitude made me proud to be an American. He was an unapologetic statesman who believed that America’s best years were before her.
I’ve been interested and follow politics ever since.
Was there any person (family member, friend, mentor) who helped you get into politics?
See #3! My parents, Depression era folks, were part of the Greatest Generation. My father served for four years in the European theater. Even so, neither was very political other than they were conservative people and my mother was (is) a Southern Baptist.
But it was really Reagan who ignited my interest in National politics.
What was your process for becoming politically informed (did you read a lot of books, etc)?
I went to college as an “adult.” That is, I was in my thirties before I went to college. As a result I was not quite as timid as some of the younger students and, thus, happily engaged my more left-leaning professors.
Contrary to what I hear and read in the news, they (the leftist professors) did not display antipathy towards me and/or my views. Rather, they were happy to engage in brisk discussions.
At the suggestion of my philosophy professor (an extreme leftist, though very cool indeed) I read The Road To Serfdom by Freidrich Hayek.
Hayek’s philosophy of “spontaneous order” resonated with me and made absolute sense.
That philosophy still colors most of thoughts and comments on politics today.
After Hayek, Jefferson and Patrick Henry are my go-to guys. Henry, in particular, predicted much of what we see occurring in the U.S. today. He is, in my humble opinion, the, most indurated founder.
Did any of your friends or family give you a hard time for taking an interest in politics?
Not that I recall. Some of my fellow college students tried but they really didn’t seem to have to stomach for it and just remained silent.
Did you find it unusually difficult to educate yourself about political issues, principles, and the like?
Not really. Though as I get older I do find that I listen to and read the “opposition” more than I did previously.
For instance, I never watch Fax News – we don’t have cable! – but I do listen to a lot of talk radio, though never Rush Limbaugh.
I did listen to Rush when he first started and I followed him for about 5 years, but I just lost interest in his style.
Now I listen to Mike Church, Andrew Wilkow, Alan Colmbs, and occasionally Joe Madison who is an extreme leftist.
What did you dislike the most about it all?
I dislike that there never seems to be any resolution to anything; only continued sniping.
I also dislike that the population in no longer educated in our founding philosophies and documents. This fact makes it very hard to discuss America politics with people.
If you could’ve have done something different what would it have been?
Gone to college immediately after HAS. Though, there is a time for everything.