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Jim Derych

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Well, what's there to tell? I'm just some random guy who changed his mind. I started blogging about it, and suddenly folks were asking me to write a book. That's the 'big picture' view.

More specifically, I'm a guy who used to be a dittohead. From the depths of hating Clinton and wanting gays out of the military to the highs of the Wellstone memorial "backfiring" I was on board. From the early days of Dan's Bake Sale and Politically Correct Musical Chairs through the dark days of stupid comments about Donovan McNabb and prescription drug addiction, I was a Rush supporter. I read both of his books, regularly read the Limbaugh Letter, subscribed to the Rush 24/7 website (of which I appear to STILL be a member), and listened to Rush for 3 hours a day every day.

But over the years something happened. The world I lived in went one way, and Rush's assertion of "the way things ought to be" went another. It took forever for me to realize it, but finally in February of 2004 I had what Rush would call "the courage to accept the truth"--Rush was wrong about virtually everything. And so, after 13 years, I finally quit being a dittohead.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain. "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." You may not find an exact parallel in my story for how to deal with the dittohead(s) in your life, but you may find something that rhymes. If you do, I hope it helps. We've got to do something to get our country back on track, even if it means we have to do it one dittohead at a time.

My book, Confessions of a Former Dittohead, is now available at moderately disreputable bookstores everywhere. I live with my wife in Germantown, Tennessee where I’m a Certified Financial Planner ™ in private practice.