Reagan Essay

3123 WordsJun 1, 201313 Pages
This is an interview that was conducted on Friday May 12, 2013 at 8:30 P.M. in Murfreesboro, TN at the home of Barry Ferguson. Barry was chosen for the interview because of his many changes in political views, his available schedule, the friendship that we have, and because he lives next door to me making it convenient. . Barry owns a title company and is also a semi-retired professional musician. When Reagan was elected in 1980 Barry had just come of Tammy Wynette’s tour and was 23 years old. At this point he was a liberal Democrat. In 1981 he toured with Waylon Jennings and his world views began to change. By 1983 during a tour with Hank Williams Jr., Barry had become a full fledged gun owning conservative. His political stances have changed many times between 1980 and today. He went from being a liberal to a conservative, from a conservative back towards the left, back from the left to a hard core conservative, and today he considers himself a Libertarian. The Interview Kip: Barry I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me tonight. I asked you earlier in the week if you would think about your mindset during the Reagan administration and gave you a list of topics we would be covering. Are you ready to do this? Barry: Well Kip I guess I’m as ready as I will ever be. I’ve had dinner and few hurricanes, you want one? Kip: You know I do. (At this point he goes to the mini bar and makes a hurricane that Pat O’Brien’s would be jealous of.) I thanked him and we started. Kip: Barry 1980 was an interesting year in American politics to say the least. In November Ronald Reagan was elected President for the first time. His election spawned excitement in our country for the first time in a long time. What were your thoughts at that time? Barry: To be honest my thoughts were pretty cloudy. I had just come off of a grueling tour with Tammy

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